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Schools known for good merit aid

jmmomjmmom 8916 replies168 threads Senior Member
edited January 2014 in Parents Forum
On a couple of other threads, the question of which schools give good merit aid is being discussed. This comes up often, but the combined knowledge of all those here on cc tends to be buried among many posts on many related topics.

I thought I'd start a thread here. I have only a little knowledge, but will start with a few that I know of/recall being mentioned.
Hope this will be an efficient repository of the info that so many can use.

Case Western Reserve
Santa Clara (?- offered S about half of what Tulane did, but still over $10K)
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  • hazmathazmat User Awaiting Email Confirmation 8254 replies181 threads Senior Member
    Rice, Duke, Emory, Vanderbilt, WUSTL, CalTech.....what are you looking for? How good is the student?
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  • jmmomjmmom 8916 replies168 threads Senior Member
    This is a general question, rather than specific to a particular student. So, if it works, I think the answer to "what looking for" is: schools that offer good merit aid (not nickels and dimes) to applicants at the top of that particular school's pool.
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  • dadofsamdadofsam 1584 replies50 threads Senior Member
    add Brandeis and Rochester
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  • ohio_momohio_mom 4029 replies16 threads Senior Member
    add Allegheny College
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  • minimini 26167 replies259 threads Senior Member
    Grinnell - about 38% of all the aid they offer, according to the Common Data Set, is merit aid
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  • ohio_momohio_mom 4029 replies16 threads Senior Member
    And Kalamazoo College
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  • cangelcangel 4054 replies73 threads Senior Member
    Rhodes College, Trinity University
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  • hazmathazmat User Awaiting Email Confirmation 8254 replies181 threads Senior Member
    Oakland, CA all women.
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  • kdoskdos 309 replies22 threads Member
    for NM look at some state schools: Ohio State, Arizona State, U of Oklahoma, U of Texas at Austin (I think), U of Florida, etc..
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  • evitajr1evitajr1 926 replies17 threads Member
    Add American.
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  • digmediadigmedia 3123 replies209 threads Senior Member
    We can compile a huge list of schools which may actually not help much. What I'd like to propose is that people post a list of links to college scholarship pages that show merit grants and what it takes to qualify for them. For example, Ohio University (Athens, OH) is a public school, but gives automatic aid for certain SAT/GPA/Rank combinations, and also gives extra money for out-of-state students:



    Also especially interesting is Southwestern University's Merit Calculator for determining in advance how much merit money they'll give you:


    This kind of SPECIFIC information was most helpful to me in doing some research.
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  • carolyncarolyn 7242 replies193 threads Senior Member
    DePauw also has a merit calculator on its page. I am running out and don't have time to pull it up just yet.
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  • jmmomjmmom 8916 replies168 threads Senior Member
    Good idea,s dig and carolyn. We can add links and, where we know it the merit aid "policies and practices."

    Tulane offers 100 (I believe)DHS full tuition (not room/bd) rides; and a very good % of generous merit awards (2005-6 was $19K for the DSA, about $15K for Founders; others for La. residents and urban residents (cities >200,000).
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  • newmassdadnewmassdad 3792 replies56 threads Senior Member
    Michigan State:

    Alumni Distinguished Scholarships (ADS)

    ADS is one of the nation's outstanding scholarship programs, based on intellectual performance. The stipend, which is renewable over eight semesters, covers tuition, fees, room and board, plus $1,000 per year toward expenses (approximately $13,500 per year for Michigan residents and $24,000 per year for out-of-state residents). Students from all over the nation compete by examination on the MSU campus in February. Participation is by invitation only. Invitations are sent to the most outstanding students who apply for admission to MSU by November 1. At least 15 awards are made each year.

    Distinguished Freshman Scholarships

    Awarded to at least 20 runners-up in the ADS competition, tuition and fees for nine semesters (approximately $7,000 per year for Michigan residents and $17,400 per year for out-of-state residents).

    Who gets them? Kids that would othewise get into top 25 schools.
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  • kinshasakinshasa 1387 replies81 threads Senior Member
    Boston University’s merit award link:


    George Washington University’s merit award link:

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  • lizschuplizschup 944 replies13 threads Member
    St.Olaf http://www.stolaf.edu/services/financial_aid/mbfa.html

    My son received their top scholarship which was at the time $9000 (36000-4 years) and I believe there were quite a few more recipients - maybe around 40.(He did not attend) We also know another kid from our high school who received one of the scholarships at a lesser amount; he was a good student but not stellar. I know I saw a chart somewhere on the website that shows number of recipients for each award each year. I can't remember if the number I saw was for the top scholarship or all of them.
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  • cangelcangel 4054 replies73 threads Senior Member
    Rhodes College
    High both in numbers and amount, also give community service scholarships for kids interested in community service, not pure merit. These scholars do a certain number of community service hours.

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  • pattykkpattykk 319 replies15 threads Member
    I think it would also be helpful to people to post the amounts their children were offered. It was done last year in the Parents Forum, Best Merit Awards from Where? I know it helped me to see how much merit aid different schools offered.
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  • optimizerdadoptimizerdad 756 replies18 threads Member
    Washington University in St.Louis

    o 12 full_tuition (+ $1000 stipend) merit scholarships [3+3+3+3 = Compton, Lien, Moog, Mylonas] in College of Arts & Sciences
    o 24 half-tuition merit scholarships (Liselotte Dieckmann), same college
    o Upto 10 full_tuition (+ $2500 stipend) merit scholarships (Ervin)
    o Upto 5 full_tuition (+ $2500 stipend) merit scholarships (Rodriguez)
    o Unknown number of full_tuition Danforth scholarships


    D2 won one of the full_tuition Moog scholarships last year, worth about $35K + $1K per year.
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