Top 30 Public Universities Offering The Largest Merit Scholarships

 

Merit Based Scholarships At Public Universities
 

We decided to look at merit scholarships awarded by public universities. In general, these awards tend to be smaller compared to private colleges, but so is the cost to attend at public universities vs. private schools (at least if you receive instate tuition).  We did a sort of our database and filtered schools by public status and than sorted them based on the size of the average merit aid award given to students without any financial need (at least as determined by the college).

 

Listed below are the top 30 schools that award the largest average merit aid amounts to students without financial need. This list was based solely on using pubicly available Common Data Set information that schools publish on their websites. What’s interesting is that within the top 20 schools, the size of the merit scholarships quickly dipped to below $10k. This is not to say that there aren’t very generous public schools offering full tuition scholarships (like University of Alabama) or offering in-state tuition to out of state students, as a different form of merit aid (like University of Arkansas).  

 

In addition to looking at the average merit scholarship amount, data on graduation rates, SAT/ACT 75th percentile, % of students without need receiving merit awards, and in-state and out-of-state costs are also included.  You can sort the data by any column. It’s important to remember that just because a college offers merit aid, it doesn’t mean they offer it to a large percentage of students without need, so sort and filter with these columns. In addition, it’s important to consider graduation rates. Most schools only offer merit aid for four years, so graduating in 5 years or longer can add significant expense. 

 

Our data is based on the latest IPEDs data and publicly available Common Data Set files that colleges publish on their websites. Data on merit scholarships primarily comes from information in a college’s Common Data Set. Unfortunately, not all colleges publically publish this information, so our college list may not be completely inclusive of all the appropriate schools. But for the purpose of giving a glimpse into the colleges that award merit scholarships to the greatest percentage of students, this is a good start.

 

Public Schools Offering The Largest Average Merit Awards

NameState Abbr4 yr Grad-uation Rate5 yr Grad-uation RateConverted SAT 75th Per- centileACT Com- posite 75th Per- centile% Fresh- men w/out need Receiving Merit AidAvg merit award for Freshmen w/out needTotal Price In-State Students (16-17)Total Price Out-of-State Students (16-17)Common Data Set Year
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNJ255213702957$18,046$35,130$49,7342016-17
University of VermontVT627313603084$14,650$31,960$55,0242017-18
Coastal Carolina UniversitySC273911602573$14,182$25,082$39,3262017-18
University of California-BerkeleyCA769015603410$13,394$36,369$63,0512016-17
University of Hawaii at ManoaHI255112602653$12,885$28,613$50,6452016-17
The University of Texas at DallasTX516414303147$12,775$26,580$44,1962016-17
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityFL123011502434$12,261$22,420$34,3602017-18
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPA647914303219$12,110$32,782$43,9222017-18
Jackson State UniversityMS193311302110$11,875$23,069$33,4222016-17
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNJ5977141012$11,637$30,995$46,6462016-17
Northeastern Illinois UniversityIL4141010204$11,524$30,127$38,5032017-18
Ramapo College of New JerseyNJ617112602634$11,082$30,479$39,4792017-18
University of California-San DiegoCA59841490333$10,814$32,239$58,9212015-16
University of California-MercedCA38631140244$10,521$35,511$62,1932016-17
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC84901470335$10,376$24,898$49,9802016-17
University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyMD385813802940$10,180$26,894$40,1222016-17
University of Alabama in HuntsvilleAL154114003174$10,118$24,711$35,4812016-17
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVA365612702741$10,061$30,334$49,4912016-17
University of California-Santa BarbaraCA69801440323$10,012$35,172$61,8542016-17
Michigan State UniversityMI527413202919$9,915$27,290$51,1182016-17
University of ConnecticutCT708114003132$9,691$30,002$51,7942016-17
Miami University-OxfordOH667714103154$9,531$30,420$48,2392017-18
Bemidji State UniversityMN5272453$9,186$20,208$20,2082016-17
University of Colorado BoulderCO476613703055$8,893$29,215$52,7632016-17
Alabama State UniversityAL71610001911$8,789$19,634$26,5702016-17
SUNY at BinghamtonNY71821450312$8,677$24,861$39,9412015-16
Temple UniversityPA456613403056$8,655$33,048$44,0402016-17
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusGA418015303416$8,532$27,420$47,6122016-17
Fairmont State UniversityWV142511002333$8,265$20,240$27,9562016-17
University of Missouri-St LouisMO294811502730$8,195$23,464$38,5952016-17

 

Due to lack of consistent sources, the data in this chart is from multiple years. IPEDS data (graduation rate and in-state/out-of-state price) is from ’16-’17. Common Data Set information (75th percentile scores, avg. amount of merit aid, and % of students without need receiving merit) is from the most recent year of publically available data. 

 

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