National Merit scholarships are usually not all that generous unless the student qualifies for a corporate-sponsored scholarship. The most selective NM scholarships are one-time awards of $2500 (or were a few years ago, anyway - my knowledge may not be current). At some schools, there's a set annual amount of National Merit money: $5K per year at Vanderbilt, for instance, unless the student receives other merit aid, in which case the NM amount is 2K annually. That's not small potatoes, but not megabucks either.
<p>WHAT??? There is an entire thread devoted to schools that offer full tuition, room, and board to National Merit Finalists. Maybe you were just trying to make the OP feel better, but there is HUGE money to be had from the NMSQT. For my son, it's $80,000 over four years, which I think of as megabucks.</p>
<p>The GC screwed up and should be held accountable. Everyone in the country knows that National Merit is a great source of financial aid for kids who perform well on the test and are willing to consider the colleges that offer full rides, or near-full rides, based on the results. Any GC who doesn't know that or "forgets" is negligent.</p>
<p>I hope that GC is kicking herself right out the door and into a different job where young people's futures don't depend on her competence.</p>