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How do they give merit scholarships?

MegaVortex7MegaVortex7 Registered User Posts: 874 Member
I got 3000 but my friend got 4000. He does not have as good as stats as I do, nor does he have particularly good extra curriculars. He is, however, Mexican and has lower income. Both of us got into the honors program btw.

And same goes for another friend of mine (not Mexican) but he applied earlier and got a full scholarship. What does UConn take into account when they give scholarships to students who get in the honors program?
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Replies to: How do they give merit scholarships?

  • kaylalakaylala Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    I honestly have no idea! It makes no sense to me, haha. I was not invited to the honors program, but I got a 12,000/year scholarship... and then there are the people who DO get honors and who therefore have higher stats, but still don't receive a scholarship or as large of one. According to Collegeboard, UConn gives merit-aid based on academics, art, athletics, leadership, minority status, and music/drama. The fact that your friend has lower income then doesn't affect that, but the fact that he is Mexican might. I just don't think it's that cut and dry. I was puzzled (but pleased!) with my scholarship, but like I said, it really made no sense to me. Maybe you could call the office to get more details. If you need more scholarship money to be able to enroll there (and if it's your top choice) then it definitely cannot hurt to explain that to them. Contacting the admissions office like that can never EVER hurt - I learned that!!
  • ThePhilosopherThePhilosopher Registered User Posts: 1,661 Senior Member
    There are a number of factors. EFC, URM status, GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and institutional needs all play a part.
  • plumdum229plumdum229 Registered User Posts: 663 Member
    From my school at least it seemed that the really top-ranked students (1+2) received full tuition in-state (12,000 may seem like a lot, but what is that like half of OOS tuition?), while the others received half-tuition scholarships, which is pretty much nothing instate lol.
  • sleepy1sleepy1 Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    Philosopher,
    What is URM status? Do they ever reconsider merit scholarships after the student attends for a year? Or is it just with the admission application?
  • ThePhilosopherThePhilosopher Registered User Posts: 1,661 Senior Member
    URM stands for underrepresented minority.

    Merit scholarships are usually only considered with the application, but there are exceptions. Usually after the first year it is need-based.
  • sleepy1sleepy1 Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    How are the Leadership scholarships determined? It is more than extracurricular leadership and GPA and SAT's correct?
  • GCmom415GCmom415 Registered User Posts: 720 Member
    I am OOS...my son got into UCONN..but I am waiting for my financial Package...did anyone get theirs?
  • innocentkid70innocentkid70 Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    @ plumdum229 Tuition is only around 8k instate.
    For out of state, it's 24k
  • makrammakram Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Any feedback on the ACES program for undecided students? How easy is it to get into the Arts & Science school vs Engineering vs Business from ACES? Are the counselors as helpful as they say they are?
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