SUNY Plattsburgh automatic merit scholarships and more

by Grace

Although state schools in New York are not known to be overly generous with merit-based financial aid, it is still worthwhile to learn what exactly is available.  SUNY Plattsburgh is one school that publicizes specific merit awards, even offering a scholarship calculator to learn if you qualify for any of their automatic grants for freshman ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.

Plattsburgh awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships to undergraduate students. About one in every five undergraduates has a scholarship of some sort, either funded by the college or foundation. Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are primarily awarded to students based upon academic achievement.

Here are the results for a few hypothetical students based on the Plattsburgh scholarship calculator.

*Assuming parent income of $85,000 with $1,971 in need-based financial aid estimated using the Net Price Calculator.  Competitive scholarships would further reduce net costs.

(You can read more about the preferred status of out-of-state students here:  SUNY wants ‘D’ students, as long as they’re from out of state)

Students can continue to receive these scholarships after their freshman year by demonstrating satisfactory academic progress and meeting other criteria.  In addition to the automatic scholarships (based solely on GPA and test scores) SUNY Plattsburgh students can apply for the competitive full-tuition Presidential Scholarship and for acceptance into the honors program.

BusinessWeek labels Plattsburgh as “selective”, with a rank of 91 on their list of Regional Universities (North).   Undergraduate enrollment is 5,906, with the most popular majors being business/marketing, education and communications/journalism.  Homeland security and related protective services majors are also popular.  It is located on the shores of Lake Champlain, about an hour’s drive from both Montreal and Burlington, VT.

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