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I saw a Bishop Seabury Academy ad where the class received 55 acceptances and more than $2 million in scholarships and grant offers. Where can I find a list of the scholarship and grant offers?

Matt Patterson, Bishop Seabury’s academic dean, responded that he couldn’t give a list of individual scholarships offered because that would violate student privacy. However, he explains that multiple students were offered full rides to private colleges, where tuition might be $40,000 or more a year. It is important to note, he said, that the total is for scholarship and grant offers; not all of those offers could be accepted. Patterson also said although private colleges and universities have what seems to many families to be an outrageously high sticker price, they are typically very generous with scholarships and financial aid. Many Ivy League colleges will cover the entire cost of attendance for students whose families earn below a certain figure — sometimes for families that earn as much $80,000 or $100,000 annually. Seabury typically graduates several students every year who attend private colleges for less than the cost of attending a state university, Patterson said. Patterson also said the best source of scholarship money for many students ends up being the colleges themselves. There are local and national scholarship competitions sponsored by corporations, nonprofit organizations or private donors that students can research through or through their college counseling office at school, but the “big bucks” often come from colleges, he said. As a general rule, the more selective the college, the harder it is to get merit-based aid. The most selective colleges don’t offer any merit-based scholarships/grants — it is all need-based, he said.


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