If a senior has been accepted to a college and is offered merit aid, but grades in second semester slip from all A's to 2-3 B's, is that a problem? Presumably merit aid is competitive and reliant on GPA, but at what point does a lower GPA really matter/cause problems in admissions or merit aid?
<p>You're wise to consider the fact that a dip in grades could jeopardize merit aid, and not just an acceptance. Unfortunately (or maybe it's actually fortunate (???)) there's no specific tipping point that might determine when a college pulls the plug on either an acceptance or on a scholarship. Colleges really don't like to do this. It can be something of an administrative nightmare--or at least a hassle. So, usually the downturn has to be more egregious than the one you've cited, and officials are generally open to explanations that might help to justify the grade drop (anything from "There was a death in the family" to "I knew from the start that AP Physics was a reach for me, and I got a bit snowed under" or even, "I caught a dose of senioritis but am now righting the ship."). </p>
<p>Chances are, a drop to from straight A's to a mix of A's and B's won't be a deal-breaker. However, your child should be aware (and probably already is) that the ice is thinning, and it's a really bad idea to let those grades plummet even more.</p>