PSAT/NMQST - Eligibility

To enter the National Merit Program, a student must fulfill all of the following requirements. He or she must:
  1. Should be enrolled as a high school student.

  2. Should be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence.

  3. Should take the PSAT/NMSQT in the specified year of the school irrespective of educational pattern;

  4. If you qualify as a Semifinalist or Special Scholarship candidate and you have not yet become a U.S. citizen, you will be required to send the following documentation to NMSC with your Scholarship Application:
  • A letter signed by you explaining your plans for becoming a citizen, including the date on which you expect to be eligible and will apply for U.S. citizenship, AND

  •  If   you are a U.S. lawful permanent resident, a copy of your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card); or a copy of your passport showing that you have been granted lawful permanent resident status OR

  •  If   you have applied for U.S. lawful permanent residence, a copy of Form that verifies you filed the “Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

If you are unable to take the PSAT/NMSQT for some reason, you can still appear for NMSC’s competitions. Write to NMSQT administration, as soon as possible.

Mail your request to:

National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Attn: Educational Services
1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200
Evanston, IL 60201-4897
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