Links to Popular Threads on Scholarships and Lower-Cost Colleges

Arizona adds $5k/year and a one time foreign study subsidy for NMF’s.

Are the University of Arizona merit scholarships automatic for OOS students?

Yes, they are automatic. There is a calculator on the admissions site that will tell you what you are eligible for. For my D, admission to the honors college was also automatic.

@kcheves, do you recall if your D checked the box on her portal saying she was interested in applying for the honor college before they offered her automatic entrance into it? Just curious. My D applied recently, as U of AZ was a late find. She was not planning on applying to the honors college because the priority deadline has passed. She also didn’t know how much writing is involved in their application. However, under normal circumstances, she always applies to honors colleges and merit awards. Thanks for any info.

BTW, that chart on the admissions website says she should be offered $30,000! I’ll believe it when I see it :slight_smile:

@Winky1 I believe AZ honors is automatic for national scholars.

Updates (compared to #50/#51):

Troy University: removed, since scholarships listed on web site are no longer automatic and no longer full tuition for out-of-state students.
Texas A&M - Kingsville: removed, since since scholarships listed on web site are no longer full tuition for out-of-state students. (Note: National Merit Finalist full ride available.)

=====ALABAMA=====

Alabama State University
Application Deadline: Not published
Award: Full Ride (Tuition/Room/Board/Books)
Requirements: 3.76 HS GPA, 26 ACT or 1240 (EBR/W and Math); or 3.76 college GPA as transfer student with 24 credits (Presidential Academic); renewal at 3.0 college GPA with 12 credits per semester as a full time student
Award: Full Tuition+ (Tuition/Fees/Books)
Requirements: 3.51 HS GPA, 22 ACT or 1190 SAT (EBR/W and Math); or 3.51 college GPA as transfer student with 24 credits (Academic Excellence); renewal at 3.0 college GPA with 12 credits per semester as a full time student
Award: Full Tuition+ (Tuition + $500 for Books)
Requirements: 3.00 GPA, 20 ACT or 1020 SAT (EBR/W and Math); or 3.0 college GPA as transfer student with 24 credits (Academic Incentive); renewal at 3.0 college GPA with 12 credits per semester as a full time student
http://www.alasu.edu/cost-aid/types-of-aid/asu-scholarships/asu-academic-scholarships/index.aspx

University of Alabama-Huntsville
Application Deadline: June 1st
Award: Full Tuition + Housing
Requirements: 4.0 GPA, 34 ACT or 1520 SAT; renewal at 3.0 college GPA in 24 credits per year as a full time undergraduate student
Award: Full Tuition
Requirements: 3.5 GPA, 30 ACT or 1390 SAT; renewal at 3.0 college GPA in 24 credits per year as a full time undergraduate student
http://www.uah.edu/admissions/undergraduate/financial-aid/scholarships/merit-tuition-scholarships
*open to international students

University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Application Deadline: December 15
Award: Full Tuition plus 1 year housing, $1k stipend-4 years,$2k summer research/study abroad, $500/yr books (Presidential Elite Scholar); renewal at 3.0 college GPA
Requirements: 4.0 GPA, 36 ACT or 1600 SAT
https://scholarships.ua.edu/types/out-of-state.php
https://scholarships.ua.edu/types/in-state.php
Note: HS GPA is highest listed on transcript; test scores are not super scored, according to https://scholarships.ua.edu/faq/ (also shows renewal criteria).

Tuskegee University *
Application Deadline: Not published
Award: Full Ride (Tuition+Room+Board+$800-Books)
Requirements: 3.5 GPA, 1390 SAT/30 ACT (Distinguished Presidential); renewal at 3.50 college GPA in 30 credits per year
Award: Full Tuition + $800-Books
Requirements: 3.5 GPA, 1310 SAT/28 ACT (University Merit); renewal at 3.00 college GPA in 30 credits per year
Award: Full tuition + $800 books
Requirements: 3.50 college GPA as transfer student with 20 credits (Tuskegee University Merit); renewal at 3.25 college GPA in 30 credits per year
https://www.tuskegee.edu/programs-courses/scholarships/freshman-scholarships
https://www.tuskegee.edu/programs-courses/scholarships/transfer-student-scholarships
*a limited number of renewable merit scholarships

===FLORIDA===

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Application deadline: 11/30
Award: “Tuition minus the sum of Bright Futures, the National Merit® award or other scholarship and awards.” Additional money for those with Florida Bright Futures Academic or Medallion, or National Merit Finalist or Semifinalist.
Requirements: 3.50 GPA, 29 ACT (with 27 math) or 1290 SAT (with 650 math) (*for engineering or science majors); renewal with 3.0 college GPA, 15 credits per semester, no failed courses, no change of major, and FAFSA filed by 3/1
http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?Scholarships&DistinguishedScholarsAwardScholarship

=====LOUISIANA=====

Louisiana State University - Shreveport
Application deadline: Not published
Award: Full tuition + fees + book allowance (Louisiana Scholarship)
Requirements: 3.5 HS GPA (unweighted), 30 ACT; contact school for renewal criteria
http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/guaranteed-scholarships

Louisiana Tech University
Application Deadline: Jan 5th
Award: $6,500 + OOS tuition waiver up to $9,500 + OOS tuition waiver (In-state tuition + fees = ~$6,200)
Requirements: 3.75 GPA, 31 ACT; renewal at 3.00 college GPA every year (every quarter for the highest level scholarships)
http://admissions.latech.edu/tuition_fees/scholarships/freshman-scholarships.php

University of Louisiana-Monroe
Application Deadline: Jan 18th
Award: $12,000 + OOS tuition waiver up to $12,000 + Study Abroad + iPad + OOS tuition waiver (Tuition + Fees = ~$8,300)
Requirements: 3.00 GPA, 32 ACT up to 3.75 GPA, 32 ACT; contact school for renewal criteria
http://www.ulm.edu/scholarships/freshmen.html
http://www.ulm.edu/scholarships/outofstate.html

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===MICHIGAN===

Oakland University
Application deadline: March 1
Award: Full tuition (Presidential Scholar)
Requirements: 3.9 GPA, 31 ACT or 1420 SAT; renewal at 3.50 college GPA with 28 credits in first year (12 credits per semester following years)
https://www.oakland.edu/financialservices/available-financial-assistance/undergrad/#

===MISSISSIPPI===

Alcorn State University
Application deadline: 5/1
Award: tuition, room and board for four years and providing a $500 per semester book allowance and a $1,000 stipend each semester (President’s Excellence Scholarship)
Requirements: 3.0 HS GPA, 28 ACT or SAT equivalent; renewal at 3.0 college GPA
Award: room, board, tuition and a $400.00 per semester book allowance (Provost Scholar Scholarship)
Requirements: 3.0 HS GPA, 24 ACT or SAT equivalent; renewal at 3.0 college GPA
Award: tuition and also provides an additional $200.00 for books per semester (University Scholar Scholarship)
Requirements: 3.0 HS GPA, 22 ACT or SAT equivalent; renewal at 3.0 college GPA
http://www.alcorn.edu/admissions/admissions-scholarship_requirements/index.aspx

Delta State University
Application deadline: 2/1
Award: 100% tuition (Academic Excellence)
Requirements: 3.00 HS GPA, 29 ACT or 1350 SAT (not super scored); renewal at 3.0 college GPA in 30 credits per year
Award: 100% tuition (Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship)
Requirements: transfer student with Phi Theta Kappa (honor society for two year college students) membership and 3.00 college GPA in 60-140 credits; renewal at 3.00 GPA in 30 credits per year
http://www.deltastate.edu/admissions/freshmen/#scholarships
http://www.deltastate.edu/admissions/transfer/#scholarships

Jackson State University
Application deadline: 2/15
Award: Full Tuition, Room, Board, Fees and Books (Campus Only) (Presidential Academic Scholarship)
Requirements: 3.50 HS GPA in college preparatory curriculum, 28 ACT or SAT equivalent; renewal at 3.50 college GPA with 15 credits each semester.
http://www.jsums.edu/admissions/files/2017/10/hsacademicscholarshipappl.pdf

Mississippi Valley State University
Application deadline: 2/1 (6/15 for Transfer Scholarship - Valley)
Award: tuition, room, board, fees and a book allowance of $500 (Room and board charges will only be awarded if the student resides on-campus) (Presidential Academic)
Requirements: 3.0 HS GPA; 24 ACT or SAT equivalent; renewal at 3.25 college GPA in 30 credits in fall and spring semesters
Award: tuition and fees and a book allowance of $300 (Vice President’s)
Requirements: 3.0 HS GPA; 22 ACT or SAT equivalent; renewal at 3.0 college GPA in 30 credits in fall and spring semesters
Award: tuition and fees and a $200 book allowance (Green and White)
Requirements: rank #1 or #2 in high school class; renewal at 3.0 college GPA in 30 credits in fall and spring semesters
Award: tuition and a $300 book allowance (fees not included are $10 student activity fee) (Transfer Scholarship - Valley)
Requirements: AA degree from regionally accredited junior/community college with 3.25 college GPA; renewal at 3.0 college GPA in 30 credits in fall and spring semesters
https://www.mvsu.edu/prospective-students/scholarships

University of Mississippi
Application deadline: 2/15
Award: Full tuition (IS or OOS) (2017 amount is fixed dollar amount that is the same as current tuition; unclear if it increases to match tuition in subsequent years)
Requirements: 3.0 GPA, 33 ACT or 1490 SAT or 1440 old SAT CR+M; renewal has unspecified “terms and conditions”
http://finaid.olemiss.edu/scholarships/#8

University of Southern Mississippi
Application deadline: must be ADMITTED by 12/1 (but December ACT or SAT scores may be considered for scholarships)
Award: full value of tuition (in-state or out-of-state)
Requirements: 3.0 HS GPA (unweighted, college prep curriculum courses), 30 ACT or 1390 SAT (not super scored); renew every semester at 3.000 college GPA in 15 credits (one probationary semester for GPA allowed).
https://www.usm.edu/undergraduate-scholarships/freshman-academic-scholarships
https://www.usm.edu/sites/default/files/groups/office-undergraduate-scholarships/pdf/faq_admissions-based_freshman_scholarships.pdf
https://www.usm.edu/sites/default/files/groups/office-undergraduate-scholarships/pdf/faq_maintaining_my_admissions-based_scholarship.pdf
Note: for frosh entering in the fall immediately after high school graduation; no gap year frosh.
Note: National Merit Semifinalist gets the same scholarship as above; National Merit Finalist gets campus housing, meal plan, and book stipend in addition, but renewal GPA is 3.25.

===TENNESSEE===

Lee University - Cleveland, TN
Application Deadline: Not published
Award: Full Tuition (Centennial Scholarship)
Requirements: 32 ACT or 1410 SAT; renewable in full if freshman GPA is 3.7 or above, otherwise decreases to half-tuition
http://catalog.leeuniversity.edu/content.php?catoid=5&navoid=502#Academic_Scholarships

===TEXAS===

Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University
Application deadline: not specified
Award: Tuition + R&B + $600 for books (Regents’ Student Merit Scholarship).
Requirements: 3.50 GPA, 1260 SAT or 1760 old SAT CR+M+W or 26 ACT (writing required); renewal with 3.2 college GPA in 30 credits per year (summer courses do not count)
http://www.pvamu.edu/faid/home/types-of-aid/scholarships/university-scholarships/

Texas State University
Application Deadline: Not published
Award: Full Tuition up to 15 credits/semester ($8,000/year + OOS tuition waiver)
Requirements: Top 25% Rank or IB Diploma, 32 ACT or 1400 SAT (CR+M) (President’s Honor Scholarship); renewal at 3.25 college GPA with 28 credits per year as an undergraduate
http://www.finaid.txstate.edu/scholarships/freshman/assured.html

===UTAH===

Utah State University
Application deadline: January 10
Award: Full nonresident tuition for 1 year, full resident tuition for 3 years - encourages students to apply for Utah residency after first year (Presidential Scholarship)
Requirements: See table in link. Lowest accepted GPA is 3.6 with 36 ACT/1600 SAT. Lowest accepted test scores are 32 ACT/1450 SAT with a 4.0 GPA. Contact school for renewal criteria.
https://www.usu.edu/admissions/scholarships/freshmen

Actually, need to add back Texas A&M - Kingsville (but with different scholarship than listed before), since it comes with a waiver of additional out-of-state tuition.

Texas A&M - Kingsville
Application Deadline: admitted by December 1
Award: $10,000 to $15,000 per year (Presidential Scholarship) and “If you are a non-resident awarded a merit scholarship, you will qualify for in-state tuition.” (in-state tuition is $8,462 yearly for 15 credits per semester according to http://www.tamuk.edu/finaid/Cost_of_Attendance/ ; does vary by number of credits according to http://www.tamuk.edu/finance/cashiers/Fee%20Tables/JPAK%202017_2018%20Resident.pdf )
Requirements: 31 ACT or 1420 ACT; renewal at 3.0 college GPA in 15 credits in each of fall and spring semesters.
http://www.tamuk.edu/ugscholarships/merit%20scholarships.html

University of Arkansas at Monticello
Priority Scholarship Deadline: January 15
Award: Chancellor’s Scholarship ($12,000 per year). Out-of-state tuition is waived. (Annual Tuition+Room+Board is $14,000, so awardee’s out-of-pocket cost is $2,000 plus books and other personal expenses annually).
Requirements: 3.0 GPA, 30 ACT composite (minimum 19 English, minimum 19 math).
NOTE: Consideration for scholarship awards will be based upon availability of funds.
Other lower amounts of scholarships are listed at:
http://www.uamont.edu/pages/admissions/institutional-scholarships

My personal experience in 2016 is that UAM did not mail out the scholarship offer letter to my son; they said the scholarship amount will be disclosed to students when they came to orientation which was one week before the fall semester started. My son went to Louisiana Tech for a full ride in fall 2016.

@ucbalumnus @OHMomof2 Just for clarification, the Howard ones are not automatic. The scholarships are competitive and recipients are determined holistically as meeting the academic criteria does not guarantee them.

Just reporting that my D was accepted to the University of Arizona 3 days ago, and she did indeed receive a $30,000 per year scholarship!

@winky1, is your daughter a NMSF?

Unfortunately, @kcheves, she missed the selection index cutoff by 1 pt. in PA. Very sad. So, she’s commended.

Ouch, sorry to hear that. Commended is still a great accomplishment! And the additional money at U of A for NMF is not much compared to what you have already been offered. Congratulations on the acceptance and scholarship offer.

Thank you so much, @kcheves. I think had she made NMSF, she would have been on a different course - maybe Alabama? But when she missed it, there was no inspiration to continue with the schools she had been considering that had big NMF money. A bummer indeed, but her best was her best on a PSAT taken in the fall of Junior year. Crazy.

@3scoutsmom 73 and under is considered an F? Where is that school? Seems unfair to be honest. Should it be 59 or under for an F? Seems like a 73 will be a C

@NASA2014 I just double checked our school’s grading scale and I was a little off but it was a typo and should have read F= 69 and bellow

A 90 – 100
B 80 – 89
C 75 – 79
D 70 – 74
F 0 – 69

@NASA2014 Up until 3 years ago my school district- which is one of the biggest in the nation was on a 7 point scale. This year’s graduating class has one year of 7 point and now 3 years of a 10 point scale.

Can I get a link to a thread like this but for transfers? I completely missed my opportunity in HS

A few of the schools in the list in reply #57 do have transfer student automatic merit scholarships. Verify on college web sites.

Alabama State University
Tuskegee University
Delta State University
Mississippi Valley State University