How to be considered for a merit scholarship

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How to be considered for a merit scholarship

In terms of merit scholarships, how easy, how pervasive is it to… are they, the merit scholarships? That’s a question that a lot of folks ask, because need based aid is tough, you have to be fairly low income, low assets in order to get need based aid. Of course, everybody wants money that they don’t have to pay back, so the next category would be merit scholarships, athletic scholarships, academic scholarships. The Ivy League does not give academic scholarships, however, there are many schools, particularly private, non-profit schools with fairly large endowments that like to give academic scholarships. If your student could be in the top 25% of their applicant pool, they’re very attractive to that second tier of schools. These schools are able to boost their ranking by attracting students with strong GPAs and SAT scores and they do that by giving them academic scholarships and then lowering the cost for the family that they don’t have to take out loans or they don’t have to sell their house to pay for the tuition.
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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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