Paying for College

Choosing National Merit Top-Choice Colleges

Question: How should I decide which school to put down for my National Merit first-choice college? Should I name a school where I am guaranteed admission or a more competitive one that may not accept me? I've heard that if you put down a school you'll get into for sure you will increase your scholarship potential. My top choice is UNC Chapel Hill, but I'm not a North Carolina resident, so I may not get in. Should I pick it anyway?

You have until May 31 of your senior year to make final choices, so you can either put down "Undecided" now or choose a first-choice college and submit a change in the spring, if you wish.

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