We should note that depending on the student’s eventual college goals (especially if they indicate a “gap” between starting scores and target scores greater than 6 ACT points), additional tutoring hours will likely be necessary.


Regardless of the result, we would also recommend planning for a follow-up ACT exam to utilize the super-scoring system in place at the majority of competitive colleges.

The following data are examples of students applying to Chapman, Berkeley, USC and UCLA with various GPA and ACT-score combinations.


$5000-$6750 annually for an ACT of at 28 top 5% high school class rank.
- See more at: http://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com/#sthash.CxpCOqXB.dpuf


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-Alex Lubowe, Sage Hill Parent



Indiana University: For an out-of-state student with a 3.8 GPA, the difference between an automatic scholarship of $5,000 per year and $11,000 per year is just 1 point on the ACT.  In other words, if you have a 3.8 GPA, and you scored a 30 on the ACT, you’d get $5,000 per year, but if you scored 31, you’d get $11,000 per year.  If you meet these criteria, these rewards are automatic. And they superscore! 

Northwestern College: $5,000-$6,750 annually for ACT of 28 or higher + Top %% high school class rank.

Wesleyan College: Half-off tuition for National Merit Finalists.



The University of Arizona admissions website notes, “Incoming Fall 2015 Freshmen who meet the following minimum unweighted, 6th semester high school grade point average and CR & M SAT or ACT test scores automatically qualify for the awards listed below, with the potential to receive higher merit offers. All incoming freshman applicants are evaluated for UA merit scholarships.”

The award amounts are different for out-of-state versus in-state applicants. See the full details below:

In-State or Out-of-StateGPASAT (CR+M)/ACTAward Amount (Yearly)

Out-of-state31300 SAT/29 ACT$12,000

Out-of-state31220 SAT/27 ACT$10,000

Out-of-state31110 SAT/24 ACT$6,000

In-state31300 SAT/29 ACT$8,000

In-state31220 SAT/27 ACT$6,000

In-state31110 SAT/24 ACT$2,000



The University of Oregon has scholarships that are automatic. The award amounts vary based on your residence status:



Summit (Non-Resident)3.8261190$9,000

Apex (Non-Resident)3.6251150$4,000


Note that if you raise your ACT from 25 to 26, or SAT from 1150 to 1190, your award can increase $5,000 if you’re a non-resident. That’s a ton of money for just a few points! Learn more about the scholarship at Oregon's financial aid website.



For example, you’ll be considered for a full ride at Auburn University if you have at least a 30 ACT or 1330 SAT (Math + Critical Reading) and a 3.5 GPA if you are an Alabama resident. If you’re a non-resident, you will be considered for a $16,000 a year scholarship if you have at least a 34 ACT or 1440 SAT, and at least a 3.5 GPA.

If that’s out of your range, you could be considered for a $12,000 a year scholarship at Auburn if you have at least a 31 ACT or 1360 SAT, and a GPA of at least 3.5. Learn more at their website.

Ohio State University also has minimum scores for their biggest scholarships. For example, to receive the full ride Eminence scholarship, their website advises, “Recipients of the Eminence Scholarship typically rank in the top three percent of their graduating classes and have an ACT composite score of 34 or higher or combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1520 or higher.

Texas A&M has scholarship eligibility requirements as well. Under their eligibility section, they note, “To be considered for the scholarships listed, students must achieve a combined SAT Math and Critical Reading score of at least 1300 with a test score of at least 600 in each of these components or a composite ACT score of at least 30 with a test score of at least 27 in Math and English.”



Trustee Scholarship at USC ($46,000 per year) Given to 100 Freshmen:

34 or higher.  Near top of class.  


Presidential Scholarship at USC ($23,000 per year) Given to 100 Freshmen: