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Questbridge if family income is on upper end?

satonmysatsatonmysat 4 replies2 threads New Member
What are my chances of getting questbridge if my household income is 52,000? My household is only my father and I and my brother in college (got a full ride bc national merit). My mom is dead, so that might help but I'm not 1st gen and I'm on the high side of the income requirement especially for such a small family.
For reference my act is 35 and I'm taking all APs or honors if AP isn't offered for a course. Unweighted 4.00 Weighted 4.74. Science olympiad captain and i'll be wordsmith writing olympics captain (I will have participated in both for 4 years). Brass captain and section leader in band and I've been making all-state band since I was a freshman and I made all national band this year. I'm starting a research position at a local college next week.
I kind of feel like my academics could be enough but since my income is high for questbridge and i'm not first gen do I even have a chance?
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  • OttermaOtterma 1505 replies30 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2019
    Yes. Apply. Your household is 3 people, even though your brother is away at college, and your family income is $13,000 below what Questbridge publishes as their family of four upper limit guideline. So yeah, your family income won't be the lowest they see but it's not going to raise any eyebrows.
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  • milgymfammilgymfam 1446 replies28 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2019
    My D was a finalist this year and our income for a family of four isn’t far off of yours, so you could absolutely apply. She wasn’t matched though. It’s unoffficially understood that most of the QB partner schools won’t actually match you if your family EFC isn’t zero (and it likely isn’t with your family’s income- ours was $2k). It made me wonder why they don’t lower the income threshold to apply, so that every finalist has a more legit shot at matching. That said, she was accepted ED to her first choice following the match, so it all got her to the same place. I have no clue whether or not her finalist status came into play for her ED app, but I’m certain it didn’t hurt.
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  • altitudes130altitudes130 2 replies0 threads New Member
    My family income is $50k with minimal assets for a family of four (family EFC about $3k) , and I not only was a finalist this year, but matched with WashU. Our stats are fairly similar (35 ACT, super rigorous courses, several leadership positions, accomplished musician etc), so that's definitely in your favor. I would definitely go ahead and apply--try to highlight how growing up low-income has affected you personally, even if it doesn't look that way on paper. At worst, it's a practice college application, and you'll have some essays written that you can recycle for Common App/other scholarships/supplementals.
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