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My Daughter's Scholarships

March 21st, 2015 at 01:12 pm

My daughter is raking in the scholarships for her first year at the university. The best one she received is for four years totalling $56,000! This helps reduce the cost of the out of state tuition to just under in state tuition. Her 4.0 GPA and and high ACT score of 31 help qualify her for that one.

She is getting $500 from the Honors Program, and $1000 from an alumni assocation as a Leadership scholarship. Just today she received a letter in the mail from the art department offering $4500! The art department noted that her 'digital drawing skills show a sophistication that is unot usually evident so early on. The work shows a strength in print and graphic design.' How cool is that?!

At this point I think that leaves only $2100 for tuition plus room and board (which is just under $10K). I'm amazed and thrilled to say the least. Smile I'm not sure how the veterans benefits would work if she has all these scholarships...would we get a refund and just stock pile the money for another year. If not, I guess it would be better to just wait to claim those at another time. I will be checking on this.

She will be double majoring in Art and Music. Freshman can only receive one scholarship from one department. This means no music scholarship, but there could still be a department scholarship, which both art and music are a part of. If we switch her major to Music as primary then the art scholarship would not be possible. My daughter did feel that her art is probably more scholarship worthy than her music audition...although I know the professor seemed impressed and happy with how she did.

I'm kind of on cloud nine with all this money flowing in!! It helps some of the outflows happening lately not seem like a big deal.

16 Responses to “My Daughter's Scholarships”

  1. Bluebird Says:

    Wow! Great news for your daughter!

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Woot! Congratulations. I've always said walking out with the least amount of debt for a degree is the most important thing. Nowadays people don't care as much about bachelor's so why pay more?

  3. scfr Says:

    Excellent news! Congratulations to you, your husband, and your talented daughter!

  4. Kiki Says:


  5. Another Reader Says:

    Wow! She must be REALLY talented!! And what a financial relief for you and for her!

  6. Nancy Says:

    Awesome news! Congratulations!

  7. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Congratulation to you and your daughter. Having experienced it before, it takes a lot of work to get a scholarship. Well done!

  8. scottish girl Says:

    Wow tuition is expensive!! That's great about those scholarships! What's the difference between in state tuition and out of state tuition? Is one based on her home/current state?

  9. MonkeyMama Says:

    That's great!

  10. creditcardfree Says:

    @scottish girl, in state tuition is for students who currently live in the state of the school. The school she is attending is NOT in our state so she will be charged out of state tuition. The price difference of tuition is $13920 per year, thus that $56K scholarship (which is $14K per year) completely offsets that difference between the two tuition rates. Smile

  11. scottish girl Says:

    Thanks for explaining Smile

  12. laura/the deacon's wife Says:

    That is wonderful! I know we rely on the scholarships that my daughters have received to defray their annual tuition. I am hoping that they do as well, if not better with offers from colleges.


  13. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is awesome about all the scholarships!

    Do you know about the bus pass program? If she's going to the main state uni, she can get a bus pass which lasts an entire year. She can then use it to ride ANY bus in L. We've got CNG buses which run between the two main campuses - around 8 of them that are constantly going back and forth. She might just see me manning the bus booth at the welcome to state uni fair. Big Grin

  14. creditcardfree Says:

    FT, I think I did hear that a bus pass for students...part of their fees I think, right? Or am I thinking of an on campus shuttle, I went to several college trips and now can remember everything! Smile

  15. PNWMom Says:

    Wow! That is so awesome! Congratulations to your daughter!

  16. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    If it is the main Uni in town, then it is a bus pass. The city bus provides 8? buses which go back and forth exclusively between city and east campus. The bus pass however entitles the student to ride any bus in the city for free. Smile

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