Hi – I’d love a response from folks who were accepted by Earlham, whether you ended up attending or not. I know that net price calculators are only estimates, but I am wondering if what Earlham has estimated on its NPC as “Earlham College Grant Aid” ($30k) is actually reasonably near what they are likely to offer in merit aid if my D17 is accepted. Our EFC is too high for it to be much in the way of need-based aid I would assume (about $80k split between 2 in college at once).
When speaking to an Earlham admissions rep at a local event recently, he suggested that actual merit aid awarded may be quite different than what their NPC may estimate, sometimes even by as much as $10k or so. (You put GPA and test scores into their NPC; my D17’s are 3.7 UW GPA and 35 composite ACT.) If an actual merit offer went UP $10k, that would be AWESOME! But if it’s likely to go DOWN by a lot (even without any lowering of my kid’s stats in the meantime), we would be super bummed & it might even make it impossible for us to afford. (Due to lots of our own med school debt, we have far less to spend on college than our supposed EFC.) We haven’t been able to visit yet (hopefully next month), but so far via websites & speaking with the rep and other folks, she’s super excited that Earlham might be a really good fit for her.
Was it your experience that what Earlham’s NPC predicted as grant/scholarship aid was in fact around what they ended up offering you? Were actual offers higher? Lower?