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Schools known for good merit aid

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  • brokeparent1970brokeparent1970 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @Sybylla That is a conversation I would have had to have had years ago. But I told him from the time he was in middle school, it was his responsibility to do his work and study to get into a good school, and my responsibility to pay for wherever he gets in. He chose NYU and applied Early Decision, so we'll find out in five days if he has been accepted, and if so, he's going. If he doesn't get in there, the next three schools on his list are just as expensive (although, he'll get some merit-based aid from two of them based on his outstanding grades and test scores). Assuming NYU is a go, I have two years covered (because I've been saving since he was born). He'll work to pay for some, and I'll pay for the rest with loans over the next ten years.
  • brokeparent1970brokeparent1970 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @enginmom4 We live in New York, so there are decent SUNY schools that are cheap for in-state residents. But none of them are known for specializing in his chosen field. There are about ten schools that do and 8 of them are private. College didn't matter to my parents because they never went. So I was left to my own devices when I was 18. I decided then that it would be different for my kids. My son worked really hard in school so far and will go the college he deserves, even if I have to delay retirement to pay for it.
  • VineyarderVineyarder Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    D19 is into Parsons with $24,000 a year in merit, about the most they offer (roughly half of tuition, not counting room and board or expenses). We're very excited!
  • buckeyeinbamabuckeyeinbama Registered User Posts: 23 Junior Member
    Just confirming @Britmom5 and Susquehanna; my son received the same $37K scholarship. Very surprising school.
  • Britmom5Britmom5 Registered User Posts: 188 Junior Member
    I have Sons - not daughters. Don’t know how I did that! Lol
  • dfin2013dfin2013 Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
    @brokeparent1970 Did your son get accepted ED? What have you decided to do? I have a friend who was recruited for a sport, and the coach assured the kid and his parents that they would receive half tuition merit. They were offered NOTHING. Just a bunch of loans. What a bait and switch!
  • JBSeattleJBSeattle Registered User Posts: 761 Member
    Ohio Wesleyan has a great scholarship called The Branch Rickey Scholarship. Auto $30k per year with 3.4 UW and 1150 SAT.
  • gpo613gpo613 Registered User Posts: 158 Junior Member
    I have a high stat kid. 34 ACT.

    So far in this process we have gotten the following schools to have a COA under $20K. Please note: my COA is without books, transportation and personal expenses. For the most part those expenses are my D19's worry.

    Miami OH
    Missouri S&T
    Kent State
    Alabama
    St. Johns(NY)

    Hoping to get some others.
  • ga19texga19tex Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    Jellybean5 -
    Thank you for the webinar link, I feel so overwhelmed with this process with our 1st S19 going to college this fall. I need all the help I can get
  • StrGzrMarylandStrGzrMaryland Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    Our 3rd of three kids is a Junior in HS (the other two are underclassmen working on their Bachelors degrees now). She is looking to study Computer Science. Our budget is $25-30K per year, figuring four years which should be do-able considering she'll be starting with a good number of AP credits (1 as a sophomore, 5 as a junior, probably just 3 as a senior as she is pursuing a research internship that will require her to leave two class periods early, and she'll use the available timeslots to take AP Physics, AP Calc BC and AP English, plus the two classes she has left in the Comp Sci career academy which aren't AP). She has looked at big schools and small schools and wants to go to a big school--she has said if it doesn't have a marching band it's not big enough. She seems to like schools with a lot of school spirit. Not a tech school, because she wants options in case she doesn't like Comp Sci. Her unweighted GPA is 3.5, weighted GPA is 4.2 (end of sophomore year), she's taken the SAT once and got 1410 (plans to take it again). Not sure what her class rank is, but it's probably between top 15 and 25 percent. She's active in the HS band (leadership roles), captain of a self organized HS club sport (played all 3 years), NHS member, members of music, math and tech honor societies, very active in the robotics club (she just started robotics this year), hoping to complete her GS Gold Award, and will probably have two impressive internships on her resume by the time she applies to college next fall. She's a go-getter. She's ideally looking to go somewhere that's 6-8 hrs from the DC area. Somewhere that doesn't have a reputation for lacking diversity. Ideally somewhere that there's opportunities nearby (near a city, not necessarily IN the city, the outskirts of the city are fine). Not somewhere that is really super cold or really super hot.

    Her list currently includes NC State, U of South Carolina, U of Maryland (in-state for us) and Ohio State. I'm having trouble determining if Rutgers New Brunswick, or NC State give any significant amount of merit aid to non-residents. We'd appreciate feedback on that, and any other suggestions of places to consider that offer good merit aid to non-residents.
  • chb088chb088 Registered User Posts: 628 Member
    My S18 is at NCSU. I haven’t heard of significant merit there but they do have some. Worth investigating.
  • SybyllaSybylla Registered User Posts: 2,748 Senior Member
    edited January 18
    UW 3.5 with sat of 1410 is unlikely to garner merit at desirable schools especially in CS where the standards are already higher. If you want real merit you need to find schools that will look at her weighted GPA and for sure she can improve her test score. That means looking at schools that are not necessarily desirable. Shore up local affordable options. I think too, understand that all the EC holistic stuff is more relevant for the super stats kids looking at highly selective schools. Don't expect that stuff to be a deal breaker for normal kids.
  • CheeringsectionCheeringsection Registered User Posts: 2,221 Senior Member
    Check out the University of Cincinnati National Outreach Award. Also the ability to co-op will help with costs.
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