Az is $35k for 4.0 UW and $30k for 3.9 to 3.99. So it’s true that over four years it is $20k.
The other sad part is that APs or just meeting the minimum curriculum. Doesn’t matter. So you are not rewarded for stepping up rigor wise. We’ll if you’re not that star student it’s much better for you. But the kid with 10 APs and a 3.8 is penalized vs the kid with a 3.9 and no rigor.
The flip side to this is, assuming tuition holds, you’re talking $8k per year. Sure it should have been $3k. But either way, it’s still a steal.
They set the table and you have to live with it. It’s very clear.
Both my kids had one B. So same situation.
That said you bring up an interesting point. Another poster once wrote they had a B but since U OF A looks at a certain academic requirement and they exceeded the requirements…ie that they submitted three years of something that needed two and the lesser grade was not counted. That was not our experience however.
No matter what, your student did great, is getting a great deal and for those that don’t test well or take a rigorous schedule…that’s an even bigger bonus. Others that are similarly aggressive like Alabama require the SAT/ACT for merit.
Congrats to your daughter. The school is gorgeous. The honors dorm outstanding. My better half is an alum and a nice and nephew work there.
Ps when we were deciding and it was during time of furloughs (my niece told me), we were able to get someone on the phone numerous times. Try another day.
That said will the difference of $3k tuition or $8k tuition impact your decision to apply?
Did u contact these #s? If not email the dean…her email is on here too.
If you go under 3.9, that’s where the big drop comes.
I do not want to be a wet blanket, but it was mentioned on the ASU thread a while back that UA was planning on restructuring their merit scholarships next year and they might not be nearly as generous for '23 kids as the deals that are being offered through this year. ASU lowered their merit awards this year (after kids had already applied!) and it does sound unfortunately like UA may be following suit for next year’s class.
Yep - I just wanted to mention it because these scholarships do seem to be in flux, so you can’t count on what was available this year being the same (or even remotely comparable in some cases) next year. I’ve got a D23 as well and watching what seems like an ever shrinking pool of significant merit opportunities is sobering. UT Dallas is another school that used to give big merit and seems to have scaled way back. I’m sure there are others.
The ASU situation seemed extra bad this year because they didn’t announce the changes until after people had already paid their application fees and invested time/effort that they might well not have bothered with if they knew they were only going to get half the merit money advertised at the start of the application cycle.
I know there is no guarantee their matrix remains the same next admission cycle- but it could. And if it does- one + grade costs 20,000. If there is a way to replace the grade or use the one from 8th grade, even knowing it could change, we would at least explore the opportunity.
I do wish their were a way to communicate in some way with the school- it is literally impossible.
You aren’t going to be able to swap the B+ for the 8th grade course/grade.
HSs vary on their willingness to replace grades with classes taken thru online providers or CC. Generally, this happens with D and F grades, not B+. This road would go through your kids HS GC so that’s who you have to talk with.
ETA: your student should be able to make up that $5k each year by working during the school year and summers.
Again. Look at the positive. If the scholarship and tuition holds its $8k tuition a year. That’s unreal. The school is able to set as they choose. If you want more $$, get a great ACT and apply to Alabama.
You are seeing the $5k a year on a table. Guess what. Schools that don’t publish, which is most, change their merit too based on their internal tables.
If you earn $20k merit at a school how do u know if it might have been $30k if something changed even a smidge ?
At least Arizona is giving you full transparency. And has minimal requirements…not even rigor.
Sure you can reach them. I sent u contacts b4 including a person.
Good luck .
Edit: U of A is very generous…in both merit and admissions flexibility. Similar schools like CU, Oregon, Indiana, the UCs, Illinois, Rutgers…u name it. Cost more!
Be thankful for their generosity, gorgeous campus and incredible Honors complex.
Or you can choose to spend your money elsewhere. Just know most other OOS schools will cost considerably more…peer, higher and lower in the pedigree atmosphere.
As others pointed out, you cannot substitute a course for GPA consideration. If the Earth Science course was high school level, it would generally be included on the high school transcript.
Your student may be able to retake the course for grade improvement via your local high school summer school this summer or via an online provider if your school will allow grade improvement/grade replacement. In our state we have a state-wide online education provider and our high school accepts credit from the online school with minimal issues. Every school varies as to their policies on this type of situation so ask detailed school policy questions first and I recommend getting an affirmation in writing, at least in an email following any meeting or conversation. A CC course will not generally be accepted for high school credit unless it is a dual credit course recognized by your high school and you need the course to be accepted for high school credit so that it appears on the high school transcript.
Barring a dual credit course accepted by your high school, the University of Arizona would be unlikely to view a CC course as a replacement for a HS grade. The courses are going to appear on two separate transcripts and the GPA posted on the high school transcript would not take into account the CC course so you would be right back where you started.
A word of caution. Universities are very particular about college courses taken following high school graduation for admitted students (even if the admission has not yet been accepted by the student). Some universities state that any credits earned after high school automatically move the student to transfer status rather than first-year, while some universities have a credit limit below which a student will still be deemed first-year. Be very careful about taking courses subsequent to high school graduation as there can be significant consequences depending on university policy.
Just wanted to share - I went to UA’s financial aid and scholarships office’s website this week and found there’s an online chat function, so I asked when they’d be updating their website to show OOS merit info for the Class of 2023. They told me the website should be updated in late October/early November.
I’m also hoping UA will be an affordable OOS option for my 2023 kid, but it sounds like we won’t be able to confirm that until later this fall.
My DDs school gives the A-. When her two A- get calculated in to her GPA, she has a 3.975 unweighted. We heard from a college counselor that Arizona might treat her A-s like As and give her the 4.0 merit award. Is there any truth to this claim. Of course, we’ll be asking the university rep soon.