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Schools What do you think is needed to get full tuition at your average university?

  1. Oct 7, 2012 #1
    I was thinking it was something among the lines of 1300/1600 SAT or 29 ACT and Top 10% of your class or 3.5 GPA, but I'm not sure and am looking for confirmation. Thank you.
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  3. Oct 7, 2012 #2
    Do you mean to get it so your tuition is covered entirely? If so, it completely depends on the university and there are tons of routes that can lead to tuition help.

    You need to contact or look into specific schools.
  4. Oct 7, 2012 #3
    Very dependent on school. For instance, some schools offer tuition waivers for low-income students. Basically, they apply your normal aid such as a pel grant, scholarships, etc. and anything left over they just waive it since you cannot pay.
  5. Oct 9, 2012 #4
    For the state school I attended, you only needed something ridiculously low like a 27 on the ACT, plus graduate in the top 10% of your high school class, to get a full ride. It was way too easy...at least for the state I went to high school in. Things may have changed since then, though.

    As far as I can tell, the criteria for a full-ride depend on the state you live in.
  6. Nov 30, 2012 #5
    I understand that it varies, I just wanted a general range for the typical university.
  7. Nov 30, 2012 #6
    I was thinking it was something among the lines of 1300/1600 SAT or 29 ACT and Top 10% of your class or 3.5 GPA, but I'm not sure and am looking for confirmation. Thank you.

    Please don't write something among the lines of "... it depends...", I understand that it varies, I just want a range (give me your best guess).

    Example: "I think it's something like 1200-1400/1600 for the SAT or 27-33 ACT and Top 10% or 3.2 GPA for most universities"

    Give me your best guess.
    Thank you.
  8. Nov 30, 2012 #7

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    And what we are trying to tell you is there is no such thing as a "general range for the typical university".
  9. Dec 1, 2012 #8
    I did not get even 1/2 of my college paid for via scholarships at the university I originally attended and I had high school grades and scores better than those you've posted as an example.

    There is no strict line across the board - different schools/states have significantly different options available.

    Bottom line: try for the best grades/scores possible and see what you can get.
  10. Dec 1, 2012 #9


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    My first instinct in response to this thread was two words: a job.

    However, it would seem that you're asking about academic scholarships. As others have said, I don't think there's a general performance at which you can consider yourself to a point at which you would receive a scholarship equivalent to full tuition.

    There is something worth point out though. Just because you apply to a certain university, does not mean that you are automatically considered for all of the scholarships for which you may qualify. Scholarships can be very specific things. They are often set up in memorium, or to encourage higher education among people with specific qualities including geographic location, socioeconomic status, race, sex or even where you happened to have a part-time job in high school.

    The best strategy is to aim as high as you can, apply for everything you qualify for, and have a backup plan for what happens if you don't get a single dime.
  11. Dec 8, 2012 #10
    *sigh* So because you don't know for sure, you're not going to give me your best educated guess? I will not take whatever you guess (if you ever do) very seriously, if the reason you haven't guessed yet is because you are worried of misinforming me.

    I understand that there is no such thing as a "typical university" or an "average university" however I'm sure you'd agree a 600 SAT, 12 ACT and 1.0 gpa is not enough for full tuition at any university. This is such a waste of time.

    Let's not get technical, please? I don't have that much free time.
    Thanks for wasting some of my life.
    You people are so helpful.
  12. Dec 8, 2012 #11
    All the people I know who got full scholarships, had other things going for them besides there grades. What I believe is a deciding factor in getting a FULL 100% scholarships, is good grades mixed with some athletic background. Being an athlete you can represent the university in more ways then someone who just gets good grades.
  13. Dec 8, 2012 #12
    I have full tuition at my university, with a little bit extra to go towards room and board (all non-need based). But it is a small, no name liberal arts school. All I did was get a 31 ACT, and have above average extracurriculars. My GPA was a 2.9 and I was in the bottom 25% of my class.

    I'll be transferring somewhere else for my last few years though
  14. Dec 9, 2012 #13
    Then why did you ask the question in the first place? I'm sure your little amount of free time could be spent in a better way than to ask questions whose answer won't matter much to you.
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