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Tuition Exchange 2018


Replies to: Tuition Exchange 2018

  • mageecrewmageecrew Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    Not 2018, but we went through the TE process in 2017. Following advice I found here, my daughter emailed the TE Liasons at the schools she was interested in before she applied. She let them know she was very interested in attending their school and asked how many applications for TE they normally receive, how many they accept, what they are looking for in a candidate, if it covers study abroad, etc. Each one gave a pretty detailed response in return.

    @MAandMEmom I would add WPI to your list if you haven’t considered it yet. My daughter is an engineering major and we loved it there - it seemed like a great environment and they gave her a great initial offer (very close to the TE amount) before replacing it with the TE offer. Ultimately she wanted a more urban setting and went with the TE offer at Pitt (we are OOS).

    I agree with the other posters about applying to state schools and other non TE colleges. One thing to keep an eye on though, is the GPA required for keeping any merit scholarships. It seems that most of them require a 3.0 cum gpa or even a 3.5 to keep the scholarship. The TE schools that my daughter was considering required only a 2.0 or 2.5 gpa. Luckily my daughter did well her first year, but it was nice not to have the added stress of worrying about losing the scholarship.
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,381 Senior Member
    @magecrew I may have even asked you this before, so if but did sorry!! Pitt seems super competitive regarding the tuition exchange as it’s a great school and the COA seems so good compared to many other comparable schools at about $12k after the TE. My S19 has good stats (ACT of 34, taking again on Saturday) but it seems he’d need to be a walk on water type to get Pitt. Could you share more about your daughter? I’m hesitant to visit thinking it’s a no way for him. It’s a 9 hour drive for us as we are OOS as well.

    I’m at WPI all the time for my other kid’s EC and always thought it would be a good fit for him but I didn’t visit during the open house and hubby went. Something about the initial large classes was a turn off for them. Every time I bring it up they claim it’s a no...
  • retiredfarmerretiredfarmer Registered User Posts: 713 Member
    edited June 2018

    What initial large classes are you talking about?

    The Great Problems Seminars that culminates in annual Poster Presentation Days and celebrates students’ innovative research are very large and have proven to be so effective that the National Academy of Engineering has presented the University, in part, a special award based on the programs proven success. See https://www.nae.edu/Activities/Projects/Awards/GordonPrize/GordonWinners/148200/148209.aspx

    Do you mean Freshmen lectures?

    Go to page 30 of the latest WPI Common Data Set (CDS) @ https://www.wpi.edu/search/google/CDS 2017-2018#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=CDS 2017-2018&gsc.sort= and you will see class sizes reported on a standard format used by most colleges and universities. This will enable an informed comparison in a common format where you may make comparisons with the same reports made available on many other university websites.
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,381 Senior Member
    Thanks @retiredfarmer I guess I really need to do research and not rely on hubby. And yes, they were referring to freshman classes.

    I also want to say that the panel they selected for the open house they attended last fall was not a good representation of the student body in general. It was entirely made up of athletes and while I know that WPI is not all about sports, it felt that way and made my son feel like he would not fit there.
  • mageecrewmageecrew Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    @MAandMEmom I would definitely try Pitt! Nothing to lose and it sounds like your son has a good shot at it. They say they award it to 20 each year and I bet they actually offer it to more than that... if you aren’t one of the first 20 chosen, you still have a chance when someone turns it down. For all we know that’s how my daughter got it, which would be fine by us :) My daughter was an NMF and had a 35 ACT, which is virtually the same as your son’s 34. Her GPA was 95.5%UW, and had taken 7 or 8 AP classes. She worked at Panera, was involved with a few clubs at school, as well as cross-country and track. She wasn’t a star athlete, and didn’t win any big scholastic awards or anything during hs. We were lucky her school didn’t rank because she wouldn’t have been in the top 5% or 10% (top 15%, probably). If @Dolemite is right, which I believe because her daughter had out of this world stats, you have a better chance at getting TE being an OOS applicant.

    You could maybe hold off on the visit until after he’s been accepted and you see what financial package he’s been offered. Just make sure he makes contact soon (at minimum with the TE Liaison) and expresses a lot of interest in other ways.

    Here’s from the TE page at Pitt:

    "If your parent works at one of the participating colleges or universities, you may be eligible for a Tuition Exchange Scholarship at Pitt. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Tuition Exchange Scholarship will cover tuition up to $36,000 at the University of Pittsburgh.

    "We award approximately 20 Tuition Exchange Scholarships every year to incoming freshmen. In the 2017-2018 academic year, we received 340+ applications for these limited spaces, so please be aware that this is a very competitive process. We evaluate students based on their high school academic record (GPA, class rank, SAT/ACT). You must be accepted to the University of Pittsburgh prior to being reviewed for Tuition Exchange. Be sure to apply for admissions and complete the Tuition Exchange process through the school where your parent is employed by December 15.

    "We will notify Tuition Exchange Scholarship recipients of their award by the end of February.

    "In recent years, scholarship eligible students possessed ALL of the following:
    minimum SAT score of 1480 or 33 ACT composite
    overall ‘A’ average
    top 5% class rank (if applicable) while participating in challenging high school curriculums consisting of AP/IB/Honors courses"
  • GurteenGurteen Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    I see that Syracuse is now a school that grants this benefit to only 11%-40% of applicants. A few years ago its was a 91%-100% school. I have been tracking a handful of schools on the TE web site for at least 5 -6 years. They have all been granting the benefit to a smaller percentage of applicants. Its a shame that the one top 100 school that was a sure thing for TE (Syracuse) is just another school that may or may not offer you this scholarship.

    I think this is good evidence that this "benefit" is not what it used to be or everything people make it out to be.
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,381 Senior Member
    We are about to start this process and are casting a very wide net with 10 schools.
  • mamom24mamom24 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    @Dolemite I've noticed on the boards that you have some experience with combining TE with NMF. You mentioned somewhere that BU stacks. Can you give any more info about that and do you have advice for someone applying to both USC and BU for TE and NM?
  • mamom24mamom24 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    As someone who has been through this twice and about to go through it a third time, the best advice I can give is to cast a wide net. With our oldest, I had a list of where I thought he would get TE and where I thought it was a long shot. Instead, you could have put the names of the schools into a hat and pulled them out to get the actual results. The other thing I would add is that if your son or daughter did not get TE at their favorite, go ahead and email the coordinator after May 1. Our son was on a waitlist for TE at his #1 and when I emailed in early May the phone rang 10 minutes later with an offer. Not saying it is guaranteed but it is worth a shot.
  • DolemiteDolemite Registered User Posts: 2,038 Senior Member
    @mamom24 Here is a direct quote I received from the BU Financial Aid Office on 4/12/16:
    It is possible for students to receive Tuition Exchange and other types of financial aid from BU, so long as their total financial aid package does not exceed the cost of attendance.

    My D was accepted to BU and her FA package only had TE in it and she was both a NMF and NHRP which are 20K a year scholarships at BU. I'm not sure if they always give the NMF/NHRP or if it's just a possibility and they only give a combine to a 'Unicorn' that they really want. It's also possible they would give her the NMF if she designated BU as her school. We didn't pursue this further as she had a top 3 that didn't include BU.
  • GurteenGurteen Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    How Wide a net would you plan on casting? I was hoping to limit this to 6-8 schools. The only school in the East that is on our radar where my son might not get in is Villanova.
  • mamom24mamom24 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Eldest was probably in top 25% of the applicants to the TE schools where he applied. Applied to 9 TE schools and was offered TE at 3 (one off waitlist). None were the 90-100% type schools though.
  • GurteenGurteen Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    would you mind posting some of the schools?
  • mamom24mamom24 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Fordham, Loyola MD, St. Joe's, Goucher,Skidmore, Puget Sound, Lewis and Clark, Willamette, Seattle U.
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,381 Senior Member
    I will share our list of 11 TE schools: Bucknell, Catholic University, Clarkson, George Washington, Lafayette, New Haven, Norwich, Quinnipiac, Stevens, Villanova, and Wentworth. Also, the home institution as well as a couple of in state Us. Testing he is at 75% for all of them, some more than others and GPA is so hard to tell.
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