9 Ways to Qualify for More Merit Aid

What's the formula for hitting the jackpot when it comes to merit aid?


Colleges have a sticker price. Disregard it! If the school is a fit, apply anyway. You may qualify for merit aid - an opportunity for discounts that can represent enormous savings at most of America's private colleges, especially SAGE member colleges.

Who qualifies for merit awards is a very subjective decision. The process involves an evaluation of where your student fits in the applicant hierarchy. My daughter was offered merit aid at only 1 college to which she applied; fortunately, it was her top choice! My son was accepted at 7 schools and offered merit aid at 4.