Recommend Safety Schools for Avg. Student please?

I have a 3.5-3.6 gpa, 1340 on the new SAT (first sitting, hoping to improve). I have taken 3 APs, and am enrolled in 4 for senior year. My mother makes $40k-50k a year. I would like a collaborative, diverse environment where partying/drinking is not the top priority on students’ minds. Location is not an issue for me.

Try these for large scholarships:

University of Arkansas – Little Rock
Application Deadline: Priority, Dec 1st; Final, Feb 1st
Award: Full Tuition+ ($10,000/year + OOS Tuition Waiver)
Requirements: 3.5 GPA, 30 ACT or 1330 SAT (CR+M)

University of Louisiana-Monroe
Application Deadline: Dec 3rd
Award: Full Tuition + Fees + $5000 housing stipend
Requirements: 3.0 GPA, 30 ACT or 1320 SAT (CR+M)
Note: First come, first served as funds are available

University of Arkansas at Monticello
Application Deadline: March 1st
Award: Full Ride (Tuition+Room+Board)
Requirements: 3.0 GPA and Top 10% Rank, 30 ACT
Award: Full Tuition+Room
Requirements: 3.0 GPA, 27 ACT
Award: Full Tuition
Requirements: 3.0 GPA, 24 ACT

University of Alabama-Birmingham
Application Deadline: May 1st (December ACT/SAT)
Award: $15,000/year (Full tuition for up to 25 credits per year)
Requirements: 3.5 GPA, 30 ACT or 1330 SAT (CR+M)

For need based aid:

Look for lower ranking here:

Is your dad on the scene and if so, what would his income be? If your mom’s income is your sole family income you should qualify for substantial FA so look at schools that provide good need-based aid…

Do you have a preference for school size? Rural, suburban or urban? Any areas of study that possibly interest you?

What is your home state?

@nw2this Massachusetts

Safeties: UMass Lowell, UMass Boston, Merrimack, Stonehill

@doschicos My dad wants nothing to do with paying for my college or my older brother’s college. He has not been a present parent and was unwilling to cooperate with my mother when she reached out to him for help making the payments for my brothers college.

His income and assets may still be relevant. Some schools count non-custodial parent’s finances against the child’s FA, some do not. The Feds do not.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts or other in-state public. I’m not sure but these might be affordable with loans, a jobs, and a pell grant.

You could also get a full ride at an hbcu if you would be open that.

I think you’d have a shot at some LACs that give good aid.

Using the US News & World Report LAC ranking as a rough guide, I think schools ranked approximately 35-75 are going to be match-range schools for you (high and regular match) based on their average GPA, SAT and admit %. Schools ranked 76 and lower is where you’re getting into lower matches and safeties probably.

Many of those schools give excellent financial aid.

@prezbucky, those LACs are all going to want non-custodial parent financial info.

OP can run the NPC, at least, to have some idea of what their family would be expected to pay.

However, if the OP runs the NPC, the OP needs to include both parents’ financial information. Even then, some NPCs may be less accurate, but if the OP runs the NPC using only the custodial parent information for a school that wants the non-custodial parent information, the result is guaranteed to be unrealistically optimistic.

Not all of the schools in that list are HB schools, although HB schools tend to have lower rates of high risk college drinking (though that varies by school, of course).

Run the NPC on : Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline, Loyola Chicago, Hiram, Allegheny, Lycoming, Albright, StLawrence, Marist, Hendrix, Wheaton MA.