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Scholarships: Do they Stack or Not Stack? That is the question!

addicted2MTaddicted2MT Registered User Posts: 539 Member
edited March 2015 in Musical Theater Major
As we move from waiting for admission decisions to waiting for financial aid packages, we need to look at the factors that will make a big difference in bringing down the cost of attendance (that darn sticker price) down for our kids. Like everything else in this journey, the rules cannot be the same for each school. That would be too logical and simple! One of the questions that many who are going through this process for the first time (like myself) assumed was that scholarships (merit, talent, independent/outside the university) are stackable. Well, as many of us have learned, this is not always the case! Some schools allow this, others make you chose the higher of the two. If you have shown financial need and the school gives you money for that, an outside scholarship may be seen as decreasing your "need"; and thus, lowering the amount the school was going to grant you by the amount of the scholarship. Yes, this seems unfair, but it happens every year much to the dismay and and disillusionment of families everywhere. So, I thought it would be helpful to start a list where we can start listing (as we find out) what schools allow the stacking of scholarships (merit/talent/outside), and which do not.
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Replies to: Scholarships: Do they Stack or Not Stack? That is the question!

  • addicted2MTaddicted2MT Registered User Posts: 539 Member
    edited March 2015
    Alphabetical....
    American U
    Baldwin Wallace
    Baylor University
    Boston Conservatory
    Cal State Fullerton
    Carnegie Mellon.
    Central Michigan
    CCM (U of Cincinnati)
    Coastal Carolina University
    Drake
    Elon
    Emerson
    Florida State
    Indiana
    Ithaca
    JMU
    Long Island University
    Marymount Manhattan
    Middlebury
    Montclair
    Nebraska Wesleyan
    NYU_Steinhardt
    NYU-Tisch
    Northwestern University
    Ohio Northern
    Oklahoma City University - Talent and Merit are stackable & guaranteed for 4 years.
    Otterbein University
    Pace University
    Point Park
    Rider
    Roosevelt CCPA
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    Shenandoah
    SUNY Buffalo
    Temple
    Texas Christian University - Financial, Merit & Talent are stackable. T&M guarenteed for 4 years.
    Texas State University
    Hartt (University of Hartford)
    University of Northern Colorado
    University of Oklahoma (OU) - Financial,Talent & Merit are stackable. T&M guaranteed for 4 years.
    University of Utah
    Viterbo
    Wagner
    Webster
    Wright State (Ohio)
  • GSOMTMomGSOMTMom Registered User Posts: 1,704 Senior Member
    Alphabetical....
    American U
    Baldwin Wallace
    Baylor University
    Boston Conservatory
    Cal State Fullerton
    Carnegie Mellon.
    Central Michigan
    CCM (U of Cincinnati)
    Coastal Carolina University
    Drake
    Elon
    Emerson
    Florida State
    Indiana
    Ithaca
    JMU
    Long Island University
    Marymount Manhattan
    Middlebury
    Montclair
    Nebraska Wesleyan
    NYU_Steinhardt
    NYU-Tisch
    Northwestern University
    Ohio Northern
    Oklahoma City University - Talent and Merit are stackable & guaranteed for 4 years.
    Otterbein University
    Pace University
    Point Park
    Rider
    Roosevelt CCPA
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    Shenandoah - Financial and either merit or talent are stackable and T&M guaranteed for 4 years. Can only get either merit OR talent.
    SUNY Buffalo
    Temple
    Texas Christian University - Financial, Merit & Talent are stackable. T&M guarenteed for 4 years.
    Texas State University
    Hartt (University of Hartford)
    University of Northern Colorado
    University of Oklahoma (OU) - Financial,Talent & Merit are stackable. T&M guaranteed for 4 years.
    University of Utah
    Viterbo
    Wagner
    Webster
    Wright State (Ohio)
  • Jkellynh17Jkellynh17 Registered User Posts: 2,001 Senior Member
    Alphabetical....
    American U
    Baldwin Wallace
    Baylor University
    Boston Conservatory
    Cal State Fullerton
    Carnegie Mellon.
    Central Michigan
    CCM (U of Cincinnati)
    Coastal Carolina University
    Drake
    Elon
    Emerson
    Florida State
    Indiana
    Ithaca
    JMU
    Long Island University
    Marymount Manhattan
    Middlebury
    Montclair
    Nebraska Wesleyan
    NYU_Steinhardt
    NYU-Tisch
    Northwestern University
    Ohio Northern
    Oklahoma City University - Talent and Merit are stackable & guaranteed for 4 years.
    Otterbein University
    Pace University
    Point Park
    Rider
    Roosevelt CCPA - Talent only, no academic or need-based award. T guaranteed all four years.
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    Shenandoah - Financial and either merit or talent are stackable and T&M guaranteed for 4 years. Can only get either merit OR talent.
    SUNY Buffalo
    Temple
    Texas Christian University - Financial, Merit & Talent are stackable. T&M guarenteed for 4 years.
    Texas State University
    Hartt (University of Hartford)
    University of Northern Colorado
    University of Oklahoma (OU) - Financial,Talent & Merit are stackable. T&M guaranteed for 4 years.
    University of Utah
    Viterbo
    Wagner
    Webster
    Wright State (Ohio)
  • MomCaresMomCares Registered User Posts: 3,146 Senior Member
    edited March 2015
    Our experience at Northwestern University would be that it depends.

    Outside Scholarships which were paid directly to D (for example her YoungArts money) did not impact the school's evaluation of financial need, even though they were definitely made aware of the award money, so you'd call it Stackable. However, all of her outside scholarship money which was paid directly to the University did impact their financial aid numbers, so that was not-Stackable, as was all inside Talent scholarship money that our kids have been awarded by NU. In our experience Talent Awards only go to kids with demonstrated need (both of our kids got large named Talent awards when both were enrolled), but there might be exceptions for some Music majors (no firsthand experience with that)? Not sure how to add this to the list, but if someone can figure out how go for it.
  • CTownMomCTownMom Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    edited March 2015
    Point Park's scholarships both within and outside the university are stackable. Outside scholarships will not affect FA package. Merit and Artistic scholarships guarenteed for four years, but must keep up a 3.0 gpa. Tuition and room and board NOT guaranteed for four years.
  • gingersnap97gingersnap97 Registered User Posts: 226 Junior Member
    As of a few years ago, Hartt offers Talent Awards only, Students are not eligible for academic merit scholarships. This is a big bummer to our family. :-(
  • Times3Times3 Registered User Posts: 1,373 Senior Member
    Adding the info for Otterbein:

    Alphabetical....
    American U
    Baldwin Wallace
    Baylor University
    Boston Conservatory
    Cal State Fullerton
    Carnegie Mellon.
    Central Michigan
    CCM (U of Cincinnati)
    Coastal Carolina University
    Drake
    Elon
    Emerson
    Florida State
    Indiana
    Ithaca
    JMU
    Long Island University
    Marymount Manhattan
    Middlebury
    Montclair
    Nebraska Wesleyan
    NYU_Steinhardt
    NYU-Tisch
    Northwestern University
    Ohio Northern
    Oklahoma City University - Talent and Merit are stackable & guaranteed for 4 years.
    Otterbein University --talent, merit, and needs-based all stack. Academic merit aid clearly outlined on school website.
    Pace University
    Point Park
    Rider
    Roosevelt CCPA - Talent only, no academic or need-based award. T guaranteed all four years.
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    Shenandoah - Financial and either merit or talent are stackable and T&M guaranteed for 4 years. Can only get either merit OR talent.
    SUNY Buffalo
    Temple
    Texas Christian University - Financial, Merit & Talent are stackable. T&M guarenteed for 4 years.
    Texas State University
    Hartt (University of Hartford)
    University of Northern Colorado
    University of Oklahoma (OU) - Financial,Talent & Merit are stackable. T&M guaranteed for 4 years.
    University of Utah
    Viterbo
    Wagner
    Webster
    Wright State (Ohio)
  • kategrizzkategrizz Registered User Posts: 778 Member
    A note about PPU though - we were unpleasantly surprised to find that the automatic merit aid numbers are much lower for COPA than other majors at PPU AND the tuition is higher.
  • Times3Times3 Registered User Posts: 1,373 Senior Member
    ^Good point--we did notice that at several of my son's schools (not the one he's attending) there would be a surcharge for all performing arts classes, often adding up to $500 or more per semester.
  • annelisesmomannelisesmom Registered User Posts: 223 Junior Member
    Adding info for UArts:

    Alphabetical....
    American U
    Baldwin Wallace
    Baylor University
    Boston Conservatory
    Cal State Fullerton
    Carnegie Mellon.
    Central Michigan
    CCM (U of Cincinnati)
    Coastal Carolina University
    Drake
    Elon
    Emerson
    Florida State
    Indiana
    Ithaca
    JMU
    Long Island University
    Marymount Manhattan
    Middlebury
    Montclair
    Nebraska Wesleyan
    NYU_Steinhardt
    NYU-Tisch
    Northwestern University
    Ohio Northern
    Oklahoma City University - Talent and Merit are stackable & guaranteed for 4 years.
    Otterbein University --talent, merit, and needs-based all stack. Academic merit aid clearly outlined on school website.
    Pace University
    Point Park
    Rider
    Roosevelt CCPA - Talent only, no academic or need-based award. T guaranteed all four years.
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    Shenandoah - Financial and either merit or talent are stackable and T&M guaranteed for 4 years. Can only get either merit OR talent.
    SUNY Buffalo
    Temple
    Texas Christian University - Financial, Merit & Talent are stackable. T&M guaranteed for 4 years.
    Texas State University
    Hartt (University of Hartford)
    University of the Arts - Talent and academic/merit are stackable & guaranteed for 4 years (if GPA is met). I don't know about need-based awards.
    University of Northern Colorado
    University of Oklahoma (OU) - Financial,Talent & Merit are stackable. T&M guaranteed for 4 years.
    University of Utah
    Viterbo
    Wagner
    Webster
    Wright State (Ohio)
  • MomCaresMomCares Registered User Posts: 3,146 Senior Member
    Adding pointer for NU information:

    Alphabetical....
    American U
    Baldwin Wallace
    Baylor University
    Boston Conservatory
    Cal State Fullerton
    Carnegie Mellon.
    Central Michigan
    CCM (U of Cincinnati)
    Coastal Carolina University
    Drake
    Elon
    Emerson
    Florida State
    Indiana
    Ithaca
    JMU
    Long Island University
    Marymount Manhattan
    Middlebury
    Montclair
    Nebraska Wesleyan
    NYU_Steinhardt
    NYU-Tisch
    Northwestern University - see post #4
    Ohio Northern
    Oklahoma City University - Talent and Merit are stackable & guaranteed for 4 years.
    Otterbein University --talent, merit, and needs-based all stack. Academic merit aid clearly outlined on school website.
    Pace University
    Point Park
    Rider
    Roosevelt CCPA - Talent only, no academic or need-based award. T guaranteed all four years.
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    Shenandoah - Financial and either merit or talent are stackable and T&M guaranteed for 4 years. Can only get either merit OR talent.
    SUNY Buffalo
    Temple
    Texas Christian University - Financial, Merit & Talent are stackable. T&M guaranteed for 4 years.
    Texas State University
    Hartt (University of Hartford)
    University of the Arts - Talent and academic/merit are stackable & guaranteed for 4 years (if GPA is met). I don't know about need-based awards.
    University of Northern Colorado
    University of Oklahoma (OU) - Financial,Talent & Merit are stackable. T&M guaranteed for 4 years.
    University of Utah
    Viterbo
    Wagner
    Webster
    Wright State (Ohio)
  • addicted2MTaddicted2MT Registered User Posts: 539 Member
    wow! Thanks everyone for your contributions. The list is coming along nicely. Such practical information to have. Please keep adding to the list!
  • winnierootwinnieroot Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    Alphabetical....
    American U
    Baldwin Wallace
    Baylor University
    Boston Conservatory
    Cal State Fullerton
    Carnegie Mellon.
    Central Michigan
    CCM (U of Cincinnati)
    Coastal Carolina University
    Drake
    Elon
    Emerson
    Florida State, stackable, talent usually only 1k a year. BFA get a partial OOS waiver
    Indiana
    Ithaca
    JMU
    Long Island University: Stackable, must maintain 3.0., 4 years
    Marymount Manhattan
    Middlebury
    Montclair
    Nebraska Wesleyan
    NYU_Steinhardt
    NYU-Tisch
    Northwestern University
    Ohio Northern
    Oklahoma City University - Talent and Merit are stackable & guaranteed for 4 years.
    Otterbein University
    Pace University
    Point Park
    Rider
    Roosevelt CCPA - Talent only, no academic or need-based award. T guaranteed all four years.
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    Shenandoah - Financial and either merit or talent are stackable and T&M guaranteed for 4 years. Can only get either merit OR talent.
    SUNY Buffalo
    Temple
    Texas Christian University - Financial, Merit & Talent are stackable. T&M guarenteed for 4 years.
    Texas State University
    Hartt (University of Hartford)
    University of Northern Colorado
    University of Oklahoma (OU) - Financial,Talent & Merit are stackable. T&M guaranteed for 4 years.
    University of Utah
    Viterbo
    Wagner
    Webster
    Wright State (Ohio)
  • winnierootwinnieroot Registered User Posts: 128 Junior Member
    One thing I would mention, I think the schools play a bit of a game with merit aid. For instance, if getting a talent scholarship, they may come in a bit lower on the academic. I found this to be true with my son. I brought all of his awards to admissions and negotiated more. And got it!
  • addicted2MTaddicted2MT Registered User Posts: 539 Member
    Very good point, @winnieroot ! Many schools will negotiate scholarships and give a bit more if one only asks. Others just don't have it to give.It is all so relative. I also can tell you that my D just got called by the head of a program to find out where that school ranked for her. When she told that the school ranked #1 artistically, but not financially, she was given the highest talent scholarship that school has been known to give (we have friends that attend said school) on the spot. Other admitted students have yet to receive their scholarship offers to the same school. No idea why. So, if your kid is very excited about a school he/she was accepted at (like mine), don't be shy about letting them know! They want to hear you are excited to go there, and if money is the only reason you are holding back, then they just might be able to find some more for you.
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