College gives $10,000 to improve your SAT score December 9, 2015

Ian Welham talks about SAT/ACT Classes


Sometimes we make things more complicated than they have to be.

Want colleges to offer you more money?

Have your student raise his/her SAT or ACT test scores.

Works every time. In fact, there’s no surer way to increase your aid offer.

For example, let’s take a look at Miami University (Oxford, OH), an excellent school – especially for engineering, business and sciences. Here’s how much they award in merit scholarships based on test scores. (Assumptions: the student has a high school GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and is pursuing a rigorous course load.)

ACT SAT*         SCHOLARSHIP           AMOUNT** (non-Ohio resident)

26-27                  1170-1240                       Up to $4,000 per year

28-29                  1250-1320                      $5,000 – $11,000 per year

30-31                   1330-1390                      $7,000 – $15,000 per year

32+                       1400+                            $16,000 – $30,000 per year

* Miami uses the best composite score for ACT and the best Critical Reading and Math scores for SAT.

* Based on 2013-2014 cost of tuition. Merit aid is separate from and in addition to federal financial aid.

Let’s say you raise your SAT score from 1150 to 1300. That’s only 150 points, but it takes you from zero dollars in merit aid to $5,000 – $10,000 per year in free money. Over four years that adds up to $20,000 – $40,000.

Boost your ACT score from 28 to 32, and you could gain $11,000 a year in additional funds. That’s $44,000 over four years.

Even going from 28 to 30 is likely to be worth $8,000 – $10,000 over your college career.

Any way you look at it, it quickly becomes clear that even modest increases in test scores translate to higher aid awards.

And this is true, not just at Miami, but at most major colleges and universities.

So… the single most important thing you can do to get more money from colleges is to improve your test scores.

Parents ask me all the time: Which test prep do I think is best?

Here’s my answer: There are many excellent choices out there, but there’s no one “right” way for all kids. You have to know your child, how they learn best, and what best fits their schedule.

Are they self-starters or do they need hand holding? Do they need a teacher to keep them focused? Are they busy with extracurricular activities or can they attend a class every Tuesday, say, for 14 weeks?

Also, what can you afford? Are you prepared to pay $150/hour for one-on-one tutoring? $800 for a Kaplan or Princeton Review course? Or are you looking to spend less?

There are lots of choices out there.

CCPS offers SAT/ACT test prep to accommodate different learning styles, schedules and budgets.

1. live, teacher-led, real-time sessions online
3. private one-on-one tutoring

For more details, contact

Ian “The Professor” Welham
Certified College Funding Advisor
(973) 467-0101

P.S. Hundreds of students have taken our SAT and ACT prep classes. Typically students see an improvement of 3-4 points on the ACT and 140 – 180 points on the SAT.

This post was written by admin on December 9, 2015
Posted Under: College Funding

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