National Merit Scholarship

  • PHD, Master, Bachelor
  • $ 196,000
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National Merit Scholarship is available for freshman and out of state students, enrolling in ant course within the university.

The University of Texas at Arlington
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The University of Texas at Arlington

As the largest university in North Texas and second largest in The University of Texas System, UTA is located in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth, challenging our students to engage with the world around them in ways that make a measurable impact.

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  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern;
  • Be enrolled as a high school student (traditional or homeschooled), progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to accept admission to college no later than the fall following completion of high school; and
  • Attend high school in the United States, the District of Columbia, or U.S. commonwealth and territory; or meet the citizenship requirements for students attending high school outside the United States.

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As a National Merit recipient, you will receive world-class support to help define your future. This financial award of $32,500 per year fully covers tuition and fees, on-campus housing, and includes a stipend for books, supplies, and other educational expenses for fall and spring semesters. Out-of-state students will also receive a non-resident tuition waiver, a $66,000 value, bringing their total value of their National Merit Finalist Scholarship to $196,000.


High School students who meet published program entry and participation requirements enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) at the specified time in the high school program, usually as juniors. Each year's PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test designated for entry to a particular year's competition. For example, the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the competition for scholarships to be awarded in 2023. The 2022 PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the competition for scholarships to be awarded in 2024.

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