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What do they consider for merit aid?

What do they consider for merit aid?
« on: November 01, 2006, 07:12:11 PM »
Hi!  I've never posted on this topic before- but I am confused as to what the schools consider for "merit" aid?  Is it numbers?  In that case, do they basically give the good aid to 75% only?  Do they consider soft factors?  I'm very confused- I am totally lost when it comes to FA!  Thanks!

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Re: What do they consider for merit aid?
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2006, 02:07:39 AM »
This is a good question.  Anyone have any answers?

Re: What do they consider for merit aid?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2006, 02:09:04 AM »
No idea. The UCLA fee waiver mentioned a "Dean's Merit Scholarship" possibility but had no further info and I couldn't find anything on the web.

Re: What do they consider for merit aid?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2006, 09:35:06 AM »
I think merit aid really depends on the school.  One school that I applied to and got in, Franklin Pierce, seems to base it pretty much on your index number.  IF you check out LSN, you can see what offers people get.  I've also seem some instances for other schools in the past where URMs get disproportionate aid, given their #s...so the extent to which soft factors plays into the equation is unknown.




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Re: What do they consider for merit aid?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2006, 10:07:23 AM »
my sense is that schools are trying to achieve the same goals with merit aid as with admissions: mostly improving the quartile/median numbers, but also adding some racial and geographic diversity and attracting students who's backgrounds and interests are in areas that the school wants to strengthen.