"Decent" schools offering the most merit/grants?

<p>^^Are people who are accepted allowed to stay even if they get bad grades? Niece is on scholarship, and has to maintain a high GPA to keep it. All she does is study.</p>

<p>Probably not allowed to stay in with "bad grades," but I prefer that kids have to demonstrate good grades (Bs and better) in the sciences and such in order to be in the program.</p>

<p>Your niece sounds like she'd have been accepted into the RN program, even if they didn't have "direct admit". Right?</p>

<p>Two schools for nursing that I am familiar with are Viterbo University in Wisconsin and Coe College in Iowa. </p>

<p>At Viterbo she would be eligible for a $9,000/year scholarship and they are known for being generous with financial aid. Viterbo has a 100% average placement for nursing. It's located in a small city with 2 teaching hospitals, one of which is often talked about as a model for national health care reform.</p>

<p>At Coe college I think she would be eligible for the $18,000/year Trustee scholarship which would qualify her to also interview for a full tuition scholarship. A friend's son is attending for nursing and loves it.</p>

<p>Michigan does participate in the MSEP program and some of the participating schools do include nursing as a covered program. Truman State, Maryville in St Louis and William Jewell all in Missouri might work for your daughter. </p>

<p>MHEC</a> : Student Access: Midwest Student Exchange Program (1)</p>

<p>^^I would think so, but I remember that it was a criteria for them in picking a school that she be accepted from the beginning. I guess she did not want to have to deal with any potential capriciousness. She will be a Junior this year.</p>

<p>Many schools offer scholarships with nursing. There are also some good programs around that work with 2-year schools so that you can do your first to years of nursing at a community college and then transfer to a 4-year school. In some cases you could really probably get by with an associates degree. My mom's been a nurse for decades with only an associates degree and has never (knock on wood!), to my knowledge, had a problem finding work, and she's always made really decent pay. But I don't know if the same can be said for breaking into nursing at our present time!</p>

<p>*Many schools offer scholarships with nursing. *</p>

<p>True....I was surprised to see the very long list of scholarships that my kids' school offers for nursing majors. I guess that's because many can't work when doing clinicals.</p>

<p>Appears the thread has taken a turn toward nursing, so not sure how valid my comment is. However, I graduated from Butler. "Biggest" majors there are pharmacy, dance, and a good business program. Didn't know they had a nursing program.</p>

<p>Since she is considering Indiana schools, I'd suggest looking at DePauw and Hanover. DePauw is an hour from Indianapolis, and Hanover an hour from Cincinnati. Both small schools with walking campuses. Hanover is gorgeous. Not counting Notre Dame, DePauw gives the best financial aid in Indiana--info not at hand, but I believe perhaps meeting 95%+ of need. With her stats, I think she'd get very good aid. They are a very good LAC and have good partnerships with Lilly and other Indianapolis corporations.</p>

<p>Good luck with your search!</p>

<p>Speaking of Butler, the OP's daughter has an excellent ACT score, but her gpa would be bottom half of Butler's freshman class (54% are 3.75+), so could she get significant merit aid there? I don't think senior grades even get looked at at most schools as merit aid is a recruiting tool that gets used up early in the admission's process at many schools.</p>

<p>A girl in the top five percent of my son's hs class two years ago was a BSN direct admit student at the University of Southern Indiana. It is a state school in Evansville, with the least expensive in-state tuition of public schools in the state of $184 per credit (about $6,000 per year) with dirt cheap housing and meal plans. Out-of-state students with good stats can get OSS fees reduced to instate.</p>

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<a href="http://www.usi.edu/health/acadprog/nursing/undergrad/assets/admisscriteria.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.usi.edu/health/acadprog/nursing/undergrad/assets/admisscriteria.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>DePauw gives the best financial aid in Indiana--info not at hand, but I believe perhaps meeting 95%+ of need.</p>

<p>DePauw FA stats....</p>

<h1>Number who applied for need-based aid: 518</h1>

<h1>Number who were judged to have need: 408</h1>

<p>**# Number who were offered aid: 408</p>

<h1>Number who had full need met: 133**</h1>

<p>Where does your son go to college, and what kind of fin aid package have they provided? In your situation, you need to have some financial safeties that your daughter can attend if the money/admissions does not work out at other schools where there is no way to ascertain what the cost is going to be. Once you have a couple of such schools on the list, and your daughter fully understands that these are the schools where she will be going UNLESS a big fat scholarship/aid package appears at other schools, you and she can go to town in terms of applying to other colleges. Do include schools where your D is in the top echelon of students there, because that will increase the chances for good packages. However, there is no reason not to buy some lottery tickets as well. If she does get into a school that meets 100% of need, and they don't fill the package with loans, that is her good fortune. </p>

<p>Make sure you run some numbers through an institutional aid calculator because those numbers may differ from the FAFSA figures.</p>

<p>I really like Butler U as well. My brother lived within walking distance of the campus so we would go there when we visited him.</p>

<p>My son goes to GVSU with partial scholarship. They guarantee 100% financial need met and have, but some is loans - parent plus. We haven't had to take out much, so I'm not real concerned about that. I do, however, do not want to deal with a gap! That's why I'm not sure Butler is going to be such a great fit. The admissions people are in our town this week, so we still want to find out what they have to say, but I doubt she'll even end up applying there.</p>

<p>After two days of computer searching in my pajamas, I have come up with a pretty good list of safe and match schools. I've got 3 guaranteed tuition or more schools, and 2 probable tuition + r&b. Those are the safe ones. Then we added the private schools that don't really guarantee, but have good scholarships listed and her stats would be at the upper end of the current stats of the school. I'm hoping this will give us some good offers to consider. She's really focused on graduating debt free, which I'm not going to fight. :) I just wish these schools were closer to home.</p>

<p>Thanks to all of you, especially mom2collegekids! You've all been extremely helpful!</p>

<p>*They guarantee 100% financial need met and have, but some is loans - parent plus. *</p>

<p>If a school is "meeting need" with a Parent Plus loan than that is really a gap. </p>

<p>After all, if another school were to give you a gap, you would fill it with a Parent Plus. You don't need a Parent Plus to be in a FA package in order to get one.</p>

<p>A school isn't being very honest when it claims to "meet need" and gives a Parent Plus in the aid package to meet need. (After all, what would a family do if they couldn't qualify for the Plus loan? Right?).</p>