Chance For Son ??

<p>Son a junior in excellent public high school in MA. Has a 4.7 weighted GPA (out of 6.0) -- have no idea how this translates on the 4.0 scale but he is a B student, having taken 3/4 of his classes at the Advanced level. Will take 3 APs next year (Bio, Stats, Latin); President of Latin Club; varsity golf and crew; few other clubs at school throughout high school and has done a bit of volunteering.</p>

<p>School doesn't rank but he's in top 30% (75/260).</p>

<p>SATs: 700M, 620CR, 520W -- will take again in June. How much does the Writing section actually count?</p>

<p>Also, not applying for financial aid -- does this even matter?</p>

<p>Anyone out there with honest opinion would be most appreciated! Thanks.</p>

<p>Your son will get in most definitely. I've seen kids who have worse stats than your son and got in. So no worries.</p>

<p>I was at a UConn info session; they said all applicants are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA to be considered for merit aid, so I doubt whether you apply for aid or not has any impact on the admissions decision.</p>

<p>Just a clarification. FAFSA is not used to award merit aid, just financial (need based) aid. UConn awards merit aid upon acceptance, regardless of financial need.</p>

<p>The specific question asked by a parent of the financial aid guy was something like "We won't qualify for financial aid, but should we fill out the FAFSA anyway for scholarships," and I believe the answer was yes, because some of the merit aid is contingent on filing the FAFSA. Maybe they don't want to give free money to kids too lazy to fill out the FAFSA?</p>