Paying for College

Honors Program Admission May Not Mean Merit Bucks, Too

Question: I was recently accepted into the "Honors Program" at the college I will attend in the fall, increasing my odds of receiving the "Presidential Scholarship." My parents appear to make too much money for me to get need-based aid. The school denied me the merit scholarship based on my mid-year GPA. I have since graduated with an honors degree and have taken AP courses through out my high school years. I ended with a 3.5 GPA. I am not sure why I made the cut for the college Honors Program but not the scholarship. What are my chances of appealing this decision? At mid-year my GPA was 3.2.

Without knowing the college you'll be attending, it's hard to respond with complete accuracy. However, at most institutions, being admitted to an honors program does not necessarily mean that you'll also earn a merit scholarship. Merit scholarships are often more selective than honors programs and may also have different criteria. (For example, the honors program may be based on grades and test scores alone while the scholarship may include leadership, community service, etc.)


You certainly have nothing to lose by contacting admission officials and telling them that your final GPA was higher than your mid-year GPA. You can politely ask for reconsideration for a merit award. But, if you decide to give this a shot, do so with the understanding that it's a long shot.