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Can high SAT and or ACT scores get someone in-state tuition at state colleges?

GhostChili43GhostChili43 0 replies1 threads New Member
I have a question which pertains to in-state tuition at state colleges. Can high SAT (1400, 1450+) scores and high ACT scores (31+), help an individual obtain in-state tuition at state colleges? I understand that every state is different but for example I have read on Quora, Reddit and some other sites and I have watched some videos on YouTube that claim that Texas grants in-state tuition to anyone that can get at $1000 in scholarships. If this is true would it include the University of Texas at Austin? I'm interested in some state schools in Texas and North Carolina and a few other states. Does anyone have any experience in getting in-state tuition rates because of high test scores?
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  • thumper1thumper1 78323 replies3531 threads Senior Member
    edited May 28
    UT Austin, IIRC, does not award instate tuition when you receive a scholarship.

    What is your GPA? Is it possible that you would qualify for merit aid at any of these schools?

    I don’t know a single school that awards scholarships solely based on the SAT or ACT. They would also want your GPA in HS. So...to get that instate status at the TX schools that do give it with scholarships exceeding a certain amount...you would need to have a good GPA too.

    Plus...my opinion...your SAT would need to exceed 1500, and your ACT would need to exceed 33 to be considered very high.

    Your SAT ACT scores presented above (are those actual scores you have received) are very good, but might not be good enough at some colleges for scholarship consideration.

    What colleges are you interested in in NC and TX. If you are more specific, you might get better answers.

    Also, anything in your state if residence??
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  • mamaedefamiliamamaedefamilia 3745 replies25 threads Senior Member
    Non-flagships typically have better deals for OOS. SE Louisiana, for example, has a sliding scale of merit for OOS depending on test scores/GPA. UT-Austin and UNC-Chapel Hill are not going to offer in state tuition to OOS solely on test scores, but some regional campuses might. For example, depending on GPA, you could get a full ride at Prairie View A&M with that test score.

    https://www.pvamu.edu/faid/types-of-aid/scholarships/university-scholarships/

    The standardized threshold for reduced tuition at U of Alabama - Tuscaloosa had steadily increased, but you could look at Birmingham or Huntsville to see what they offer.

    U of NM offers in state tuition at 26 ACT/3.0 GPA:

    http://scholarship.unm.edu/devl/scholarships/non-resident.html

    U of WY offers the Brown & Gold Scholarship (150% of in state tuition, currently about 11.5K) for out of state students based on the following grid:

    http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/scholarships/non-residents/bgcommitment.html



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  • Twoin18Twoin18 2156 replies21 threads Senior Member
    thumper1 wrote: »
    UT Austin, IIRC, does not award instate tuition when you receive a scholarship.

    This is not strictly accurate. UT Austin has a very limited number of OOS tuition waivers to award, but they are not automatically granted in conjunction with a merit scholarship. When I say “very limited” I mean one or two per college (fine arts, engineering, etc) per year so they are intensely competitive. My D18 was offered one for dance, but her stats were much higher (4.0UW/35ACT/9 APs with 8 5s) in an audition-based major where the level of academic attainment for most successful applicants was correspondingly lower. She wouldn’t have been awarded one if applying for a different major (and in fact she went elsewhere because she got an even better offer).
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  • thumper1thumper1 78323 replies3531 threads Senior Member
    @Twoin18 I was referring to the auto instate tuition offered at some Texas publics if you receive a scholarship in excess of $1000.

    That’s not true at UT-Austin.
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  • Eeyore123Eeyore123 1977 replies25 threads Senior Member
    At Texas A&M, it is $4,000 of eligible scholarships to get a non resident tuition waiver (still pay instate). Unless you are a National Scholar, it can be very difficult to reach that level.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84346 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    I have a question which pertains to in-state tuition at state colleges. Can high SAT (1400, 1450+) scores and high ACT scores (31+), help an individual obtain in-state tuition at state colleges? I understand that every state is different but for example I have read on Quora, Reddit and some other sites and I have watched some videos on YouTube that claim that Texas grants in-state tuition to anyone that can get at $1000 in scholarships. If this is true would it include the University of Texas at Austin? I'm interested in some state schools in Texas and North Carolina and a few other states. Does anyone have any experience in getting in-state tuition rates because of high test scores?


    I think you need to set your sights below UT Austin and UNC Chapel Hill. Those schools are loaded with high SAT students.


    What is your college budget? How much will your parents pay per year?

    What is your major and career goal?

    Schools like alabama will give you large merit for your scores.
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  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan 13628 replies32 threads Senior Member
    A decent number of publics offer scholarships that will bring tuition down to in-state costs or below for various stats.
    (Utah St. comes to mind; various schools mentioned there too).

    Not the top publics like UT-Austin or UNC unless you manage to get one of their few big named/special scholarships (which they're typically using to try to take kids who qualify for Ivy/equivalents).
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  • thumper1thumper1 78323 replies3531 threads Senior Member
    Schools like alabama will give you large merit for your scores

    @mom2collegekids doesn’t Alabama also consider GPA when awarding their merit awards? Did I miss this posters GPA?
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