SUNY wants ‘D’ students, as long as they’re from out of state

by Grace

How else would you explain that the State University of New York Plattsburgh automatically awards out-of-state ‘D’ students $2,500 scholarships?

If you manage to graduate high school with a D-average (as low as a 68% grade) and you are NOT from New York, you will be offered a $2,500 “merit” scholarship to attend SUNY Plattsburgh.  In-state students with similar credentials receive no such merit aid.  Now, if you’re a real “standout” and graduate high school with a B-average, you will automatically receive up to $5,000 in merit money.   Admittedly, even with these awards an OOS student’s net cost to attend is slightly higher than that of any in-state (IS) student.

You can check it out for yourself on Plattsburgh’s Scholarship Calculator.

Plattsburgh’s strategy is probably driven by the desire to attract the higher tuition and diversity that OOS students bring to its campus, located on the shores of Lake Champlain about an hour’s drive from both Montreal and Burlington, VT.  Currently, 88% of its first-year students are from New York.  BusinessWeek labels this school as “selective”, with a rank of 91 on their list of Regional Universities (North).

This leads me to wonder if a “selective” school actually accepts D students.  It’s quite puzzling.

With apologies to Emma Lazarus:

SUNY Sonnet to Out-of-State Students

Give me your average, your mediocre students,
Your huddled masses barely passing history,
The wretched slackers of your high school graduates.
Send these, we have money for them, to me.

UPDATED – For more details on SUNY Plattsburgh scholarships, including those for in-state students, go to this post:  SUNY Plattsburgh automatic merit scholarships and more

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