Colleges Meeting 90% and More of Financial Need

 


 

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 particular, 41 schools on the list meet 90% or more of need and also have admissions rates of 40% or more.

 

In addition to looking at the percent of need met and the average need-based aid, data on graduation rates, % admitted, total price (in-state prices listed for public schools), and average net price by income range are provided.
 
You can sort the data by any column. 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 75% of the 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 IPEDs data and 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

NameState Abbr4 yr
Grad Rate
5 yr
Grad Rate
% Ad-
mitted
Avg % of
Need Met
Avg Need
Based Award
Total Price
(16-17)
Avg Net Price
For Income
$48,001-$75,000
Avg Net Price
For Income
$75,001-$110,000
Avg Net Price
For Income
over $110,000
University of PikevilleKY152610090$18,081$37,700$20,476$20,483$20,153
Hendrix CollegeAR64697790$34,350$58,120$19,313$24,535$27,815
University of North FloridaFL26476590$6,515$21,210$13,535$16,173$19,244
Knox CollegeIL69756590$31,323$54,515$20,635$23,832$29,758
University of Massachusetts-LowellMA32526190$9,853$29,002$16,465$19,120$23,804
Whitman CollegeWA83875190$32,417$61,972$21,821$28,061$43,539
Gettysburg CollegePA84864390$35,068$64,500$17,683$26,782$35,937
George Washington UniversityDC76824090$32,167$67,225$26,883$29,667$44,178
American UniversityDC76802690$30,045$62,272$26,394$31,693$46,282
Dalton State CollegeGA51590$3,500$15,206$11,250$9,388$10,645
Oral Roberts UniversityOK47556891$17,314$39,760$20,853$22,269$25,267
Allegheny CollegePA70756891$36,480$58,920$21,123$25,862$30,943
DePauw UniversityIN78836591$38,681$60,888$18,006$22,112$30,797
Sewanee-The University of the SouthTN79824491$28,705$57,450$20,042$21,154$35,101
Bucknell UniversityPA84883091$29,200$67,600$24,514$29,983$46,785
Ithaca CollegeNY66747092$28,655$59,918$30,696$33,703$40,717
Luther CollegeIA72786892$30,804$52,595$22,099$25,051$28,416
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeMN78796592$32,990$54,280$15,979$25,476$27,946
Westminster CollegeMO56636592$18,575$38,650$19,507$20,122$22,512
San Jose State UniversityCA11445392$12,461$27,039$15,681$18,809$22,068
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and TechnologyNY265392$11,354$45,405$32,205$25,315$32,956
Albion CollegeMI61707293$40,241$54,150$15,786$24,740$27,298
Clark UniversityMA71755593$27,747$53,350$20,467$20,750$32,680
Fort Valley State UniversityGA8202693$6,510$20,044$16,582$18,681$16,916
Valparaiso UniversityIN54648394$28,968$51,190$19,566$22,324$25,873
Earlham CollegeIN65695894$38,564$57,870$21,256$21,635$32,756
Rhodes CollegeTN76795494$31,593$59,754$24,675$24,824$31,385
Beloit CollegeWI64717095$32,586$57,506$9,213$24,994$19,701
Wheaton CollegeMA76796795$32,620$63,512$27,031$26,835$36,365
Hampshire CollegeMA51636495$38,891$65,212$22,643$31,158$44,324
Brandeis UniversityMA83873395$40,150$68,125$26,730$26,514$48,839
Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityOK17299196$1,491$19,518$12,225$13,827$15,308
SUNY College at PotsdamNY35497296$9,812$23,394$17,231$18,351$20,818
Kalamazoo CollegeMI73806696$34,678$57,116$17,916$24,806$31,198
Lawrence UniversityWI64786396$36,619$56,823$21,074$24,545$32,056
Walla Walla UniversityWA24466296$5,605$38,133$22,037$23,966$26,322
Southwestern UniversityTX66714596$30,013$52,650$19,789$25,045$29,335
University of MiamiFL70803896$32,486$64,306$23,046$34,005$37,351
Lehigh UniversityPA77882696$41,234$63,075$18,432$28,417$45,419
Valdosta State UniversityGA16326597$6,862$20,403$16,820$16,828$17,450
Wabash CollegeIN64716397$34,044$53,150$16,151$25,171$30,573
Trinity UniversityTX68764197$30,334$54,714$15,470$25,211$31,747
Northeastern State UniversityOK9219498$7,417$16,833$10,389$11,872$12,283
Berea CollegeKY48613398$31,803$35,042$6,805$5,351$34,980
Tulane University of LouisianaLA72822698$32,702$67,114$27,623$31,907$41,845
University of FloridaFL67844699$7,711$21,251$8,732$11,381$16,950
St Olaf CollegeMN85884599$32,991$56,160$15,816$23,307$34,295
Dickinson CollegePA81844399$40,052$66,779$17,286$27,738$41,768
University of DaytonOH597460100$28,208$56,370$25,546$32,471$32,428
Mount Holyoke CollegeMA788352100$37,011$61,206$17,552$25,012$34,710
Occidental CollegeCA768146100$41,801$69,442$17,877$28,448$44,977
Bryn Mawr CollegePA788240100$41,321$66,160$17,319$26,616$41,012
College of the Holy CrossMA899238100$36,511$64,065$17,426$28,718$44,629
Macalester CollegeMN848737100$42,208$64,007$17,423$24,111$38,132
Union CollegeNY818737100$36,393$66,360$20,847$27,861$41,037
Smith CollegeMA868837100$43,839$66,647$17,814$25,227$41,073
Franklin and Marshall CollegePA838636100$44,761$67,880$16,408$28,337$45,393
Connecticut CollegeCT818435100$39,698$67,000$23,651$26,844$42,811
Trinity CollegeCT808434100$44,394$68,940$14,032$23,584$43,062
University of RichmondVA848832100$40,204$63,040$14,515$24,851$40,438
Reed CollegeOR667631100$37,665$67,250$17,437$22,565$39,301
University of Virginia-Main CampusVA889330100$21,517$31,186$14,374$21,964$27,814
Scripps CollegeCA808430100$35,730$68,464$22,738$25,661$42,350
Wake Forest UniversityNC848730100$42,637$66,512$13,521$29,042$44,330
Northeastern UniversityMA08329100$34,803$65,503$17,573$31,239$40,453
Wellesley CollegeMA838929100$48,433$65,966$12,581$22,141$42,274
Colgate UniversityNY858929100$48,355$67,290$17,589$19,989$42,628
Skidmore CollegeNY858829100$41,900$67,000$15,261$21,866$47,352
Oberlin CollegeOH718428100$37,998$68,670$24,134$24,241$42,076
Lafayette CollegePA858828100$44,113$66,105$21,404$26,343$46,329
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC849027100$17,240$24,898$12,074$18,954$23,197
Vassar CollegeNY879027100$46,243$67,740$12,188$18,427$36,810
Kenyon CollegeOH899027100$43,736$66,670$15,911$23,146$41,962
Hamilton CollegeNY899126100$43,936$65,750$9,788$20,882$40,022
Washington and Lee UniversityVA888924100$40,072$63,500$8,962$17,605$34,627
Carleton CollegeMN889123100$42,019$66,490$14,682$22,941$38,398
Bates CollegeME848723100$44,063$66,550$12,108$21,523$38,977
Haverford CollegePA869021100$46,398$69,387$12,110$25,956$42,279
Grinnell CollegeIA818420100$41,090$63,838$17,563$22,792$35,726
Davidson CollegeNC919520100$43,859$64,698$11,982$17,498$39,244
Colby CollegeME848919100$43,762$65,824$17,088$24,111$37,890
University of Notre DameIN909519100$39,044$67,043$14,893$23,099$40,922
Williams CollegeMA869318100$50,286$68,430$10,448$16,899$42,003
Wesleyan UniversityCT879118100$47,653$67,527$11,996$25,474$42,819
Barnard CollegeNY829017100$46,876$68,512$16,092$22,360$41,048
Washington University in St LouisMO889317100$43,839$69,754$13,208$28,458$44,102
Georgetown UniversityDC909417100$41,492$69,313$15,540$23,967$48,345
University of Southern CaliforniaCA779017100$36,995$69,711$21,751$32,515$51,147
Middlebury CollegeVT859216100$47,092$66,332$13,966$17,448$38,052
Colorado CollegeCO828616100$47,140$66,400$4,349$22,688$44,605
Bowdoin CollegeME899415100$42,165$65,590$11,057$19,367$34,142
Rice UniversityTX839115100$37,253$60,518$10,080$22,683$38,701
Pitzer CollegeCA838714100$42,956$68,192$14,904$22,781$41,949
Amherst CollegeMA869214100$52,482$68,986$13,268$20,406$43,142
Cornell UniversityNY879314100$40,333$67,613$15,456$26,486$46,258
Tufts UniversityMA879114100$42,971$68,190$18,872$24,260$47,538
Swarthmore CollegePA889313100$46,897$66,549$12,638$23,368$37,004
Harvey Mudd CollegeCA859113100$41,649$71,917$25,102$18,643$42,967
Vanderbilt UniversityTN879111100$48,559$64,654$8,451$14,835$32,921
Northwestern UniversityIL849211100$42,976$70,496$12,763$28,038$40,222
Dartmouth CollegeNH889511100$51,461$69,474$10,048$19,568$44,204
Duke UniversityNC869311100$46,370$69,169$7,880$25,085$48,925
University of PennsylvaniaPA85939100$45,711$69,340$12,322$19,870$37,370
Pomona CollegeCA92979100$50,686$67,357$6,975$13,363$37,440
Claremont McKenna CollegeCA86929100$49,208$69,385$18,096$20,675$43,992
Brown UniversityRI84949100$43,186$68,106$12,697$22,282$44,695
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMA84918100$42,351$65,478$8,633$17,992$42,237
California Institute of TechnologyCA81898100$44,074$66,774$6,781$20,077$42,977
Princeton UniversityNJ89967100$49,870$63,690$4,557$16,967$32,706
Yale UniversityCT86966100$52,831$68,950$6,551$16,229$36,367
Stanford UniversityCA75895100$47,664$66,696$4,061$18,212$39,853
Harvard UniversityMA86965100$47,053$66,900$6,577$21,958$44,238

 

Due to lack of consistent sources, the data in this chart is from multiple years. IPEDS data (graduation rate, total price, and average net price) is from ’16-’17. Common Data Set information (% of need met, average need aid) is from the most recent year of public available data. The information is based on freshmen amounts. Average net price is based on information for families that have filed FAFSA and may not be as representative of average net price for families with incomes greater than $110k if a large percent of higher income families have not filed FAFSA.

 

 

 

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