How Do Need-based Aid and Merit-based Aid Differ?

Posted: June 01, 2016 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 1 minutes

Student with service dogWhat is need-based aid?

Need-based aid is determined solely on a student's financial need. Factors such as test scores or athletic ability have no bearing on any aid designated need-based. Most sources of financial aid that are provided by the government are need-based.

You can calculate how much financial aid you may qualify for using the College Cost Calculator.

What is merit-based aid?

Merit-based aid is based on a variety of talents and interests: academic, artistic, athletic, etc. Scholarships are the most common type of merit–based aid, which may come from SUU or from outside sources. A student with extensive assets and income is just as entitled to a merit-based award as a student with limited assets and income.

Find the version of this article in Spanish here: Ayuda basada en la necesidad vs Ayuda basada en el mérito.

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