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Merit based scholarships

Asked Keller, Texas

Where is the best place to get merit based scholarships? #scholarships

3 answers

Alana’s Answer

Updated Somerville, Massachusetts

Almost every college and university offers merit based scholarships. It is important to look up colleges you are interested in and determine what their typical GPA ranges and SAT/ACT ranges are for both admission into the college as well as for scholarships. If they do not have this on their website, you should feel free to call the college admissions office and ask to speak to the college counselor for your region. They will give you a general range for the GPA and SAT goals for merit based scholarships. I used to work in college admissions and often got asked this question so college counselors at every school are prepared to answer if you call. Best of luck!

Danielle’s Answer

While a merit based scholarship can provide students with financial assistance for academic achievements, donors are often looking at more than just a GPA.


Sheila’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

Hello Mason: It's great that you are seeking scholarships early to help pay for college. Be aware that merit aid might cover your entire tuition or be a one-time award. Here are 10 things to know about merit scholarships based on US News & World Report.


I wish you much success on your journey. Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

  • Research > scholarships.com = https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/academic-scholarships-and-merit-scholarships/
  • Research > finaid.org = http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/winning.phtml
  • Research > greatcollegedeals.net = https://www.greatcollegedeals.net/scholarships/20-best-merit-based-scholarships/