How do I interpret the Merit-based Aid Summary?


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    Percent Without Need Receiving Aid: This is the percentage of undergraduates without demonstrated financial need that received merit aid. The higher this number the better.

    Average Merit Aid Package: This is the average merit-aid package received by undergraduates awarded merit-aid.

    Net Cost: This is the total cost of attendance less merit aid. Use this number to compare likely schools to give you a sense of relative cost. You can view the net cost for residents (R) and non-residents (NR)

    Automatic Consideration: This indicates whether the institution automatically considers you for institutional scholarships when you submit your application. This will save you from having to do more paperwork.

    Notes: Will have any special notes that will help students. Some schools have specific deadlines you must meet in order to be considered for merit scholarships.

    NOTE: Schools with early Merit Deadlines that are categorized as Targets or Likelies will see the Merit deadline date in the Action Plan tab.






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