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Tuesday, April 19, 2005; Page A08

These were the minimum requirements for merit aid in 13 states in 2003:

Arkansas -- 2.5 grade-point average in high school core courses and 19 on the ACT

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Florida -- 3.0 to 3.5 GPA and 970 to 1270 on the SAT

Georgia -- 3.0 GPA

Kentucky -- 2.5 GPA

Louisiana -- 2.5 to 3.5 GPA and state mean on the ACT

Maryland -- 3.0 GPA in core courses

Michigan -- Level 2 of state test or 75th percentile on SAT or ACT

Mississippi -- 2.5 GPA and 15 on the ACT

Nevada -- 3.0 GPA and pass state high school test

New Mexico -- 2.5 GPA in first semester of college

South Carolina -- 3.0 GPA and 1100 SAT or 24 ACT

Tennessee -- 3.0 to 3.75 GPA and 890 to 1280 SAT

West Virginia -- 3.0 GPA in core courses and 1000 SAT or 21 ACT.

SOURCE: Susan Dynarski, "The New Merit Aid," in "College Choices: The Economics of Where to Go, When to Go and How to Pay for It," The National Bureau of Economic Research.

Virginia and the District do not have taxpayer-funded merit scholarships.


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