My son (junior) wants to go to medical or dental school. He wants to major in either engineering or biochem for undergrad. He prefers a small-to-medium sized school, and would prefer to stay in the states of GA, TN, AL, KY, or somewhere close to the borders of those states. (For distance from home and also because he is very outdoorsy and wants to have recreational things to do.) He would prefer a liberal arts education or a strong honors college. Size of city doesn’t matter as much to him, although he will want to be near an airport (of any size) so he can continue to get his private pilot license.
He has a 28 ACT, 4.0 GPA, including a moderate load of dual enrollment and AP classes (8 total so far). He is homeschooled and is about halfway through getting his private pilot’s license. He has super strong extracurriculars: he has worked a part time job for over a year, he plays two club sports, and he has earned the Congressional Gold Medal.
He wants a liberal arts type of program because he likes the approach to education and also prefers very small classes. However, because of the cost of his long term educational goals, he wants to get as much merit aid as possible. He hopes to have ranked high enough on his pilot’s licensing that he can fly for hire to help pay his way through med/dental school.
So far he has visited many colleges and his favorites so far are Mercer, Samford, Berry, and Lipscomb. He also really likes the honors program at Murray State. I’m a little worried about him qualifying for merit aid at all of those except Murray State.
Does anyone have experience with merit aid at these schools?
Any suggestions for other colleges to consider with strong merit aid for a student like him?