<p>Are there any out of state students who received a full ride to a and m? Is it even possible? Anyone come close to a full ride?</p>
<p>The various branches of the service ROTC scholarships pay for all tuition, academic fees and give you a book stipend. Room and board (and sports pass) are the only other costs. Of course, that requires that you join the Corps and serve several years in the military after graduation in return.</p>
<p>The most generous package even with the changes in 2011 is still NMF. It is a package scholarships in pieces and the term Full Ride is not use, but it is close (at lest for the last few years). Note it is amount awarded for 4 years. Many require GPR=3.5 to maintain the scholarships. It is extremely difficult to perform at that level when one hit upper division in 3-4 yr. Some on this CC brag about their grade 1-2 yr, but you will be hard press to find anyone do that later.
TAMU-CS still honor the $1K competitive scholarship to award In-State tuition. That is a huge incentive to do well. I won't be surprise the U stop this award in the future as economy go sour. Contrary to believe, if you do well in upper division, you can get that magic $1K departmental scholarship. You just apply for the financial aid / scholarship in due time as require. In "July" the good news will come. We don't know how the selection process, S2 get it twice. We are very grateful for all the help we get so far being and OOS. Good luck!</p>
Note it is amount awarded for 4 years. Many require GPR=3.5 to maintain the scholarships. It is extremely difficult to perform at that level when one hit upper division in 3-4 yr. Some on this CC brag about their grade 1-2 yr, but you will be hard press to find anyone do that later.
<p>This is something that should be stressed. Many people after first year of eligibility for their scholarship go on probation or lose it. Coming in as a freshman, you have to be on top of things and make the transition within very few weeks. That is hard for most people. So good grades to start are very significant for scholarship holders.</p>
<p>As far as academic excellence award after 1 year, that is pretty difficult to achieve. I had near perfect freshman grades, and they amounted to nothing but my original scholarship which I am so happy I have. Departmental scholarships are going to be your "easiest" way to a OOS tuition waiver like the above poster mentioned. </p>
<p>My speculation: A full ride of any sort to this school is going to become almost near to impossible over time I think. I will even go out on a limb and say that the idea of a "full ride" is going to become a huge rarity for any school in the coming years. This economy isn't just a little down, it is down and still going down for the long foreseeable future. A&M sends e-mails all the time explaining how bad the budget cuts have been this year. So scholarships in general are probably going to become few and far between. If you are out of state, the best you should probably hope for is the OOS tuition waiver by getting a small scholarship from the school one way or the other.</p>