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Find Out How Generous Colleges Are With Financial Aid And Merit Scholarships

Published September 20, 2017 | Last Updated January 25th, 2024 at 05:02 pm

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Do you know how generous colleges are with their financial aid and merit scholarships?

By the time students get to high school, hopefully their parents have saved whatever they can for college, but most likely that won’t be enough. At this point, the most impactful steps families can take is to make sure students do as well as possible on the ACT/SAT, keep up their GPA, and most importantly, be strategic about the colleges their student applies to.

As part of the college search process, families need to research the financial aid giving history of schools. What this means is families need to understand basic information about how colleges award money. For example:

  1. Does the college award merit scholarships? Not all colleges do. So if you’re a family that will not qualify for needs based financial aid, but still need money, you’ll want to make sure the colleges your student applies to offers merit scholarships.
  2. What percent of financial need does the college meet? If you’re a family that qualifies for needs based financial aid, you’ll want to make sure your student is applying to colleges that meet a high percentage of your financial need.
  3. What’s the average dollar amount the college offers for institutional grants? A college may offer financial aid, but if the average amount is a small fraction of the total cost, the financial aid won’t help pay to go to that college.
  4. What percent of students not eligible for financial aid receive money? This information is helpful for families looking for merit scholarships. It gives a sense of how many students that don’t receive financial aid are given money, which is usually in the form of merit scholarships. The higher the percentage, the better off you are applying to that school for merit scholarship money, as long as your student’s test scores and GPA fall in the top percentage of what the school normally admits.

By knowing the answers to the above questions, you’ll be making better decisions about where your student should apply to college and receive money along the way.

R2C Insights can help you find merit aid and schools that fit the criteria that is important to your student. To get started, create a free account with R2C Insights and use Power Search to discover how generous your student’s preferred schools are with their financial aid and merit scholarships.

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Use R2C Insights to help find merit aid and schools that fit the criteria most important to your student. You’ll not only save precious time, but your student will avoid the heartache of applying to schools they aren’t likely to get into or can’t afford to attend.  

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