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Schools known for good merit aid


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  • Kyndee1129Kyndee1129 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Offers we got:

    William and Mary - Scholarship 25000 per year (Full Tuition and Fees) for 4 years (Honors Program)
    Tulane - $15000 per year for 4 years (Honors Programz0
    UNC Chapel Hill $19,000 Institutional Grant for first year
    Colgate - $58000 Institutional Grant
    UVA - Havent gotten award letter yet
    Spelman College - 3k for entire year (Honors Program)
  • chb088chb088 Registered User Posts: 890 Member
    @Kyndee1129 the Institutional Grant from UNC is not merit aid though, correct? I did some research and it looks to be need based. This thread is for merit aid.
  • schmuddyschmuddy Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    edited March 28
    Skidmore’s biggest merit scholarship is $15K a year ($60K total). However, on top of the scholarship, they met my D’s financial need. They gave us a $50K grant, and the rest of the cost was covered with federal grants. Skidmore is need-aware, but if you’re accepted they meet your need. We’re very fortunate to be given this great offer! However, if you’re a middle class family with little need, Skidmore is not the place for you financially. Unfortunately, it seems as if only the very poor and the very wealthy go to this school. No inbetween. But that’s probably how it is at a lot of private institutions.
  • SybyllaSybylla Registered User Posts: 3,316 Senior Member
    Again, this thread is about merit money.
  • CollegefortwinsCollegefortwins Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    Using info I learned here, DS got just about what we hoped/expected in merit. 33 ACT, 3.8+ UW GPA -

    Eckerd College - Founder's Scholarship ($21000/yr + $2000 Honors Program Study Abroad - $86,000 total)
    University of Puget Sound - Trustee Scholarship ($25000/yr - $100000 total)
    Dickinson College - John Dickinson Scholarship ($20,000/yr - $80,000 total)
    University of Denver - Chancellor Scholarship ($27000/yr - $108,000 total)
    College of Wooster - Dean's Scholarship ($31,000 yr - $124,000 total)
    Occidental College - Honors Scholarship ($10,000/yr - $40,000 total - this was a slight disappointment)

    Surprise for us was UMiami. We thought he'd get a decent award from them and he got nothing.

  • chb088chb088 Registered User Posts: 890 Member
    @Collegefortwins wow you certainly covered the US
  • CollegefortwinsCollegefortwins Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    Yes we did! We were on a quest for merit money at a small-medium college, in or near a large city (although you'll note a couple of exceptions there!) that was not in the SE (FL was not considered SE??).
  • Bubblewrap666Bubblewrap666 Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    Saint Louis University. Merit scholarships from $8-$23k, which go further here than in similar schools on the coasts.

  • DTXMomDTXMom Registered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    One that I have not seen mentioned on this thread is SMU. Our D19 received 39K annually from SMU even without being selected for any of their "big" scholarship programs such as Hunt, Presidential, etc. The dollars he did receive came with the initial admission or shortly thereafter and were based only on his initial application - there were no additional essays, interviews etc. We thought it was very generous.
  • BmacNJBmacNJ Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    Fairfield uses the CSS profile and merit aid ranges from $9k to 25k max as per the admissions officer last week during our tour. 2019 costs were $64,000
  • kayleenrkayleenr Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    thanks for sharing
  • healanihealani Registered User Posts: 15 Junior Member
    thanks for sharing
  • sunnryzsunnryz Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    With a 33 ACT and a 4.6 GPA, majoring in Engineering and coming from Illinois:
    No merit at all from: Boston University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin Madison
    Decent Merit (to get the price into the low 40s): U Mass Amherst
    Great Merit: University of Iowa (can't remember how much, but it was a lot) and $17,000 a year at University of Delaware (where she ended up committing to)

    We were extremely disappointed in Boston University and Purdue. We thought for sure she'd get some merit at both of those schools.
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