Discuss various money matters here. Loans (federal and private), scholarships, lottery winnings, or other school finance related information and queries.
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Is there any way to easily find out what percentage of students retain their scholarship at a particular school? It doesn't seem to be published on too many school websites - or else I'm just completing missing it because they bury the information. I'm mainly curious about Texas schools (Tech in particular) but any data would be helpful!
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lnh819 wrote:Is there any way to easily find out what percentage of students retain their scholarship at a particular school? It doesn't seem to be published on too many school websites - or else I'm just completing missing it because they bury the information. I'm mainly curious about Texas schools (Tech in particular) but any data would be helpful!
Did I hear my name? haha...
Actually, the ABA instituted a new accreditation standard (ABA Standard 509) pertaining to "Consumer Information". This includes several things, including a requirement that schools "publicly disclose on its website, in the form designated by the (ABA) Council (on Accreditation), its conditional scholarship retention data. A law school shall also distribute this data to all applicants being offered conditional scholarships at the time the scholarship offer is extended." The form has spaces for the last three years.
So this means anyone who receives a scholarship with a condition other than simply remaining in good standing (not flunking out, committing honor code violation) should also receive retention information. If a school only gives good standing scholarships, then they don't have to report anything (e.g. how many scholarship recipients flunked out).
Also, keep in mind that the "form designated by the Council" does NOT require a school specify what exactly the criteria were, e.g. top half, top third, top 10%, etc. (In Texas Tech's case, three years ago-before I got here-there were multiple criteria; some scholarships were top 1/3 others top 1/3.)
It also doesn't require a school disclose how many total scholarships were awarded, which would tell a student what percentage of a school's awards have a GPA requirement. I added that information to our disclosure to provide that context.
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dextermorgan wrote:Just ask. My school requires a 3.0 and ~80% keep it. They had no problems telling people who asked.
I'll probably ask as soon as I get a few more offers in. I'm glad that its at least in percent format and not gpa. A 3.0 can be anywhere from top 50% to top 25% or higher depending on your school's curve. At least they're honest about how many classmates I have to beat out.
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