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University of South Carolina Merit Scholarships

MattC412MattC412 45 replies16 threads Junior Member
I just got accepted to the university, and I was wondering if I would qualify for any scholarships for OOS students.
I have a 3.55 gpa UW and 3.81 W. I have a 1260 (M+CR) SAT score. Those are just my school numbers. Anything else I don't know matters to get the merit aid. Also, do you have to apply separately?
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  • coleman4coleman4 332 replies34 threads Member
    Congratulations! Unless you are applying for one of the Top Scholars scholarships (McNair or Horseshoe), you are automatically considered for the other out of state merit scholarships (no separate application process).

    Here is a link that details all the out of state options and the GPA /test score averages of last year's recipients:
    http://sc.edu/admissions/apply/costs_and_aid/oosscholarships.html

    Consideration is mainly based on GPA and test scores. Based on your stats and last year's averages, it would appear you fall somewhere between the Sims and Woodrow. Notification is generally sent out the beginning of March- at least that's when it happened the last 2 years. Good luck!
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  • jackh129jackh129 16 replies7 threads New Member
    I am a current freshman, out of state in Capstone. They seem to throw money at out of state students and you look pretty good. Had 3.6 UW and 4.1 W in HS and 29 ACT. I got instate tuition (almost $20,000/year). Your stats look like you could get into Capstone and get instate. If not I'm sure you'll get something.
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  • FCSmomRNFCSmomRN 34 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I've noticed that some of the admissions info my son has received states U of SC uses a 5.0 scale for GPAs. Does anyone know if the average GPAs they give in the various oos scolarship descriptions are based on a 4.0 or 5.0 scale?
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  • scmom12scmom12 3280 replies21 threads Senior Member
    Looks like 5.0 scale since the descriptions in money matters page cites GPAs of over 4.0 for various top scholarships. But other people here have noted that USC recalculates GPA, so not sure if that is after recalculations. Call and ask.
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  • Bayside21Bayside21 16 replies3 threads New Member
    @scmom12 I was wondering if you can answer a question. This is all so new to me because my daughter is my oldest. She got accepted today and applied early OOS.Of course we are all thrilled. I have read confusing posts about scholarships. She Meets the criteria for a scholarship. I read that u don't find out til mid March? Also read a post today that their acceptance letter included something saying that they will receive it in March. My D is 6th in her class over 1200 in Math & critical reading and 97.18 GPA unweighted. Was hoping you can give me some insight. Thank you
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  • Dotmom15Dotmom15 14 replies3 threads New Member
    My son is a freshman this year (OOS). Between Christmas and New Years last year, he received an "at least" letter, telling him that he was being awarded at least in state tuition. They followed that up later with an Alumni Scholarship (sorry, not remembering the timing on this). So, before March we knew he was getting the benefit of in state tuition, but we did not know what level of scholarship he was being offered. I hope that helps.
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  • Bayside21Bayside21 16 replies3 threads New Member
    Thank you so much... I appreciate the info. So it is a separate letter? It's hard when u read different comments and maybe it varies year to year.
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  • scmom12scmom12 3280 replies21 threads Senior Member
    @Bayside21 Here is the link to the money matters brochure that gives you the stats (from 2015) for each scholarship.


    https://www.sc.edu/admissions/admissionspdfs/moneymatters2014.pdf

    The final, official scholarship/financial offer comes in March. You might have received a "at least" letter or you might not. Admissions decisions go out through that time. Most of the scholarships move from year to year depending on applicant pool - it's not "if you have 32 ACT and 4.0 you get X". These are averages so it's a little hard to say for sure other than Leiber which is automatic for National Merit Finalists. So your final standing in relation to other applicants isn't clear until they have gone through all the regular decision admits. I suspect the stronger your grades/scores, the easier it is for them to state that you will qualify for "at least".

    It probably does vary from year to year. I actually don't remember the order my D got the information although she was accepted into honors in December. Call and ask if you have questions. Money Matters uses weighted GPAs in descriptions and no way to know (for me, you might) how GPA is seen by admissions since I think they recalculate.
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  • Bayside21Bayside21 16 replies3 threads New Member
    @scmom12 thanks for the information it helps
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  • somersboysmomsomersboysmom 28 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Does anyone know if they superscore the SAT when determining what scholarship the student is eligible to receive? Based on the stats posted on their website, my DS can receive one or another, depending on whether they consider his best scores. Thanks!
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  • scmom12scmom12 3280 replies21 threads Senior Member
    Yes. That's why they want all scores - sometimes students get confused about what to send and that way USC gets to pull top CR+M.
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