PSAT scores could lead to a full scholarship!
Besides being the foremost official practice tool for the SAT, the PSAT can also be a gateway to scholarships–full and partial.
Even if a student is not selected as an award recipient, simply making it to the semi-finalist round of competition makes a student scholarship-eligible at many universities. Here are a few examples:
- University of Alabama
National Merit Semi-finalist Award: Full Tuition (3.5 GPA required)
National Merit Finalist Award: Full Tuition (up to 5 years), 1 year housing, $3,500/year, $2,000 exp, and technology enrichment http://scholarships.ua.edu/types/nms.html
- Florida A&M
NMF Award: tuition fees, double-occupancy room rate and board, $500/semester for books, and a laptop
- North Carolina Central University
National Merit Finalist/Semi-finalist Award: In-state tuition and fees, room, board, books, $500/semester stipend, internships, and a laptop.
- University of South Carolina
National Merit Finalist Award: $6,000 + tuition reduction. Four-year value with tuition reduction: $97,000
- Baylor University
National Merit Finalist Award: Full Tuition
(See other scholarships here–over 50 colleges listed!)
(Higher SAT/ACT scores in general can help lower your tuition bill. Check out how Baylor’s scholarship awards increase with higher SAT/ACT scores!)
Getting an award or recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program is based on how well a student did on the test compared to other students who took the PSAT in their state. But to get just a National Merit Commendation–which is NATIONAL LEVEL RECOGNITION– a student needs to perform better than over 90 percent of their peers on the PSAT.
So with all these scholarship and college opportunities, why would a student take the PSAT unprepared? He/she shouldn’t! Don’t let scholarship opportunities pass you by! Prepare for the PSAT and lower your tuition bills using your test scores!
The PSAT Prep course is open for enrollment.
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