Top 10 Public Colleges Giving Out The Most Merit Scholarships

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Top 10 Public Colleges Giving Out The Most Merit Scholarships
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).  
 
Using our College Data Spreadsheet, we filtered schools by public status and then sorted them based on the size of the average merit aid award given to students without any financial need.

 

Public Colleges With The Most Merit Scholarships

  • University of Alabama
  • University of Vermont
  • Tennessee State University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • University of California-San Diego
  • The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • College of William and Mary
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Montevallo
Listed below are the top 10 schools that award the largest average merit aid amounts to students without financial need, along with the percent of students without need who receive merit scholarships.
 
This list was based on Common Data Set information that schools publish on their websites.
 
What’s interesting is range of percentages of how many students receive merit scholarships, ranging from 3% to a high of 89%.
 
In addition to looking at the average merit scholarship amount, it’s also important to review graduation rates, SAT/ACT 75th percentile, % of students without need receiving merit awards, and in-state and out-of-state costs are also included.  
 
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.
 
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 2018-19 Common Data Set files. Data on merit scholarships primarily comes from information in a college’s Common Data Set.
 

Top 10 Public Colleges With The Most Merit Scholarships

NameState% Freshmen w/out need Receiving Merit AidAvg Merit Award for Freshmen w/out need
The University of AlabamaAL53%$16,240
University of VermontVT89%$15,060
Tennessee State UniversityTN33%$14,913
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNJ72%$14,554
University of California-San DiegoCA4%$13,933
The University of Texas at DallasTX45%$13,716
Coastal Carolina UniversitySC79%$13,515
College of William and MaryVA3%$13,080
University of Hawaii at ManoaHI66%$13,008
University of MontevalloAL89%$12,931

 

Get Access to Common Data Set Information From ALL Schools In One Place

Want to easily research common data set information for all schools without having to google each college’s common data set?

Check out our College Data Spreadsheet. An easy to use resource that combines government college data (IPEDS) with common data set information.

In one resource you’ll be able to filter, sort, and compare colleges using variables such as:

  • Location
  • School Size
  • % Male vs Female
  • 4 Year Graduation Rate
  • % of Returning Freshmen
  • Average and 75th Percentile Test Scores
  • Merit Scholarship Average Amounts
  • Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision Admit Rates
  • Availability of Honors or Co-op Programs
  • Acceptance of AP Credits
  • Application, Financial Aid, and Housing Deposit Deadlines
  • And so much more!

Having this information all in one place saves you time otherwise spent searching individual college websites. It also gives you the ability to filter, sort, and compare ANY criteria or combination of criteria that’s important to your family.

You can quickly and easily use the spreadsheet to find colleges where your student is in the top 25th percentile of applicants and more likely to receive merit scholarships.

Use the spreadsheet to quickly search and find schools where your student is likely to be accepted and receive need based aid and/or merit scholarships.

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Road2College

Road2College

Debbie Schwartz is former financial services executive and founder of Road2College and the Paying For College 101 Facebook group. She's dedicated to providing families with trustworthy information about college admissions and paying for college. With data, tools and access to experts she's helping families become educated consumers of higher ed.
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