Posts tagged ‘State University of New York at Plattsburgh’

December 22, 2011

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.

December 21, 2011

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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