With the New Year upon us, high hopes abound for 2019 as families contemplate their annual resolutions. Better health. Better relationships. Better pay. But what if I told you that there’s an investment you can make right now that’s guaranteed to result in a big payoff? No, it’s not a hot stock tip, bitcoin purchase, or poker table in Vegas.
It’s test prep.
ACT and SAT scores directly translate into BIG merit aid at universities across the country.
Merit aid should not be confused with financial aid. Financial aid is based on a family’s financial need as demonstrated by tax returns. Merit aid has nothing to do with income or assets and everything to do with the students’ “merit” or aptitude. And how do colleges gauge aptitude?
GPA doesn’t tell the full story. Admissions officers cannot rely on grades alone because earning an ‘A’ at one school may not necessarily signify the same amount of knowledge and rigor as earning an ‘A’ at another. The ACT and SAT scores give college admissions committees an easier, faster, and more cost efficient way to measure college readiness and achievement.
Colleges admissions committees care a lot about test scores. Not only do they affect the university’s rankings in U.S. News and World Report, but also it’s an insurance policy for the school - a way for the university to verify that a student has a certain curriculum-based foundation and critical thinking ability that increase the likelihood of future collegiate and career success.
What does that mean for your student? That getting just a few more correct answers on the SAT or ACT can earn him or her tens of thousands of dollars a year in merit aid, and not just for one year of college, but for all four. As the economics adage goes, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”… but merit aid is as close as you can get to free money!
Check out the sample list below to see how higher scores lead to more scholarship dollars.
These are just a few published merit awards primarily based on SAT/ACT test scores. In our office, we have found that, on average, every +3 ACT composite jump translates into at least an additional $4,000 of merit money a year. Over the course of four years, that means at least $16,000 of additional free money.
This year, make the best investment in your child’s future. Our proven test prep helps students achieve their highest scores, which not only means more options for college, but also getting paid to go. As parents, you’ll save yourself the sticker shock of high tuition for private, out of state schools; universities that might have seemed out of reach for your family’s budget can become viable options.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year filled with the tremendous upsides of academic and test prep success!