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Looking for Merit Scholarships! 32 ACT

Zbraun7Zbraun7 4 replies1 threads New Member
Hey,
I'm a current junior in high school from Wisconsin. I'm looking to beat my UW-Madison cost of 25k. Preferably the school has a big greek presence, at a bigger school, with warmer weather. Any help looking for merit scholarships would be appreciated.

My Stats:
32 ACT
3.97 unweighted GPA, 4.26 weighted GPA (5 ap classes)
In National Honor Society, DECA, and Key Club
2020 DECA ICDC participant
3-year varsity golf player
I work as a caddy and outside operations member at my local country club
First-Generation college student, twin sister will also be in college at the same time, 1 older sister
Parents ages of 67 and 53, only 1 works. Adjusted Gross Income of about $150,000.

I have heard that Alabama and Kentucky give good merit scholarships.
Would be great to get Full Tuition +
Thanks again.
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  • MWolfMWolf 2780 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Check out University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

    As a First Gen student with an UW GPA of 3.97, I would also look at test-optional private colleges. With older parents and two kids in college at the same time, you may have good chances at both lower costs and merit aid.

    All that being said, be prepared for there to be a lot less merit money available over the next couple of years.
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  • Zbraun7Zbraun7 4 replies1 threads New Member
    I'll check them out, is there a lot of expected drops in merit aid because of COVID or just in general?
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  • hokiemama24hokiemama24 56 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Alabama would beat your current UW costs IF automatic merit stays the same (which....is looking unlikely, merit concessions would be a likely downfall of COVID financial deficits). University of South Carolina would match your UW cost and even be a bit less if you got your score to a 33, again assuming this year's merit distribution (which is a risky assumption). Tennessee wouldn't beat it but would be price parity if you get your ACT up to a 34 and their automatic merit stays the same. These would all be big, warm schools with active Greek life, but I agree with the poster above, you could get a lot of aid at private schools with a twin in college too. Looks like you have all the info you need to run the NPC's at schools you like and start building a chart for yourself to compare schools and ready your list for applications this fall! Good luck!
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  • hokiemama24hokiemama24 56 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Oh and I don't know how warm they would be or anything about their Greek life but WV and Mizzou would come in slightly under your UW cost based on merit as well.
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  • BelknapPointBelknapPoint 4985 replies19 threads Senior Member
    Looks like you have all the info you need to run the NPC's at schools you like and start building a chart for yourself to compare schools and ready your list for applications this fall!

    This is important... if you aren't yet familiar with a NPC (Net Price Calculator) that every school has on its website, that's one of your first steps.
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  • Zbraun7Zbraun7 4 replies1 threads New Member
    I have run some NPC's, but many are just the federal required ones without any merit considerations.
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  • Zbraun7Zbraun7 4 replies1 threads New Member
    Does anyone know if Alabama or Kentucky will raise merit credentials for Fall 2021?
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 24983 replies20 threads Senior Member
    Do you qualify as an Evans scholar?
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  • Zbraun7Zbraun7 4 replies1 threads New Member
    Yes, I am planning on applying.
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  • RealityCheck13RealityCheck13 63 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Ole Miss...........Mississippi State
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 11031 replies236 threads Senior Member
    University of New Mexico.

    Amigo Scholarship will give in-state costs. Tuition, fees, housing & meals = $19K/year.
    http://scholarship.unm.edu/devl/scholarships/non-resident.html
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