Colleges Meeting 90% and More of Financial Need

Colleges that meet 100 of financial need without loans

Colleges Meeting 90% and More of Financial Need

Published November 2, 2023

Colleges that meet 100 of financial need without loans

Listed below are colleges that meet 90% and more of a family’s demonstrated financial need.

This list was based solely on using publicly available Common Data Set information that schools publish on their websites.

It’s not surprising that many selective colleges are included in this list, as many of these schools promise to meet 100% of need.

In addition, there are schools that are generous with need-based aid and are not as highly selective in their admissions process.

In addition to looking at the percent of need met and the average need-based aid, data on graduation rates, % admitted, and cost of attendance, are provided.

It’s important to consider graduation rates, since each additional potential year of college adds significantly to the cost of a college education.

Keep in mind that even though a college may meet a high percentage of a family’s need, it is the college that also determines what a family’s need is.

Some schools use FAFSA to determine need, but many schools on this list ask families to fill out the CSS Profile.

The CSS Profile asks for additional information about a family’s financial situation.

Schools use this information, along with their own calculations, to determine how much a family can contribute towards college.

This amount may vary from your EFC.  

Our data is based on the latest publicly available Common Data Set files that colleges publish on their websites.
 
Data on percent of financial need met comes from information in a college’s Common Data Set.
 
Not all colleges make this information public, so our college list may not be completely inclusive of all the appropriate schools. 

Colleges Meeting 90% and More of Financial Need

NameState4 yr
Grad Rate
% Ad-
mitted
Avg % of
Need Met
Avg Need
Based Award
Cost of Attendance
In-State ('22-'23)
Cost of Attendance
Out-of-State ('22-'23)
Cost of Attendance
Private ('22-'23)
California Institute of TechnologyCA81.282.69100$61,182$86,886
Harvard UniversityMA86.83.24100$62,252$79,450
Columbia UniversityNY88.683.74100$67,818$81,496
Stanford UniversityCA80.863.95100$59,402$87,833
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMA88.473.96100$57,691$82,730
Yale UniversityCT88.154.57100$67,437$74,150
University of ChicagoIL89.135.43100$63,05689,040
Brown UniversityRI86.185.51100$59,749$84,828
Princeton UniversityNJ88.195.7100$61,731$83,140
Duke UniversityNC90.845.9100$62,270$89,630
Dartmouth CollegeNH84.56.38100$64,588$87,315
University of PennsylvaniaPA87.76.5100$54,954$89,028
Pomona CollegeCA86.256.64100$51,856$88,296
Northeastern UniversityMA6.8100$53,063$86,021
Swarthmore CollegePA89.646.93100$58,439$81,376
Northwestern UniversityIL86.036.97100$61,907$91,290
Vanderbilt UniversityTN88.497.14100$63,133$89,590
Johns Hopkins UniversityMD88.877.24100$60,027$86,065
Amherst CollegeMA84.937.26100$62,236$91,304
Cornell UniversityNY89.147.26100$55,604$66,834$88,150
Colby CollegeME84.127.61100$63,725$85,470
Williams CollegeMA87.78.5100$61,853$81,160
Rice UniversityTX87.228.68100$57,375$78,278
Bowdoin CollegeME88.079.19100$58,320$85,100
Tufts UniversityMA89.929.69100$54,594$88,300
Claremont McKenna CollegeCA83.1810.35100$62,383$86,500
Grinnell CollegeIA84.2610.76100$55,722$82,890
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPA75.8411.3100$51,560$83,697
Washington University in St. LouisMO88.1711.3100$63,820$83,760
Emory UniversityGA82.2511.35100$51,104$83,702
Barnard CollegeNY85.311.47100$61,772$90,928
Hamilton CollegeNY88.5611.78100$57,037$86,030
Georgetown UniversityDC91.0412.23100$48,768$88,782
Colgate UniversityNY87.7312.43100$60,515$83,814
University of Southern CaliforniaCA78.7212.51100$58,131$90,921
Middlebury CollegeVT85.3112.69100$59,146$86,880
University of Notre DameIN91.312.91100$59,110$83,271
Harvey Mudd CollegeCA87.8513.36100$54,020$89,115
Wellesley CollegeMA82.0613.57100$64,345$90,341
Bates CollegeME88.1513.74100$54,033$83,932
Haverford CollegePA83.0914.21100$61,176$90,382
Wesleyan UniversityCT89.1514.43100$65,227$89,094
The Colorado CollegeCO82.7416.3100$61,809$87,128
Carleton CollegeMN87.6516.63100$57,354$84,893
Boston CollegeMA87.414.37100$47,912$89,955
The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC85.0116.85100$16,139$26,118$57,370
Davidson CollegeNC87.5516.95100$53,152$76,450
Washington and Lee UniversityVA91.1916.96100$62,138$87,000
Pitzer CollegeCA79.118.4100$46,576$86,516
Vassar CollegeNY87.4118.66100$57,597$85,220

The information is based on freshmen amounts.  To see the entire number of 189 schools that meet 90% or more of financial need, create a free R2C Insights account. t

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