I recently became a national merit semifinalist. On the NMSC Application, they ask for your first choice college, I’m assuming for college sponsored scholarships. My first choice and early action college is Harvard University. However, Harvard does not have any national merit scholarships so I’m not sure what I would have to gain by indicating Harvard.
Out of the colleges I am applying to that offer national merit scholarships, the University of Southern California offers the most at half tuition.
My question is, should I indicate Harvard or USC as my first choice college on the application. Additionally, am I allowed to change my choice after I submit my application and when would this changing period end?