Top 30 Colleges Offering The Largest Merit Based Scholarships

 

Colleges with Largest Merit Scholarships
 

If you’re a family that won’t qualify for needs based aid, it’s time to start looking for merit scholarships. Merit based aid is money colleges award that is not based on any financial need. These scholarships are usually awarded based on academic performance and sometimes based on special talents.
 
We did a quick sort of our database of colleges and ranked them by the amount of merit aid they gave to freshmen who did not have any financial need (as determined by the college). We have data on merit awards, based solely on searching publicly available Common Data Set files that colleges publish on their websites. 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 top colleges with merit awards, this is a good start.
 
It’s important to remember that just because a college offers a large average merit award, it doesn’t mean a lot of students receive them. So you’ll need to also research how many students actual recieve the award. The % of freshmen who recieve merit based awards who do not have financial need, varies greatly on the list – from a low of 1% to a high of 53%.

 

Top 30 Colleges Ranked by Avg Merit Award

NameAvg merit award for Freshmen w/out need
% Freshmen w/out need Receiving Merit Aid
Duke University$65,4593%
Trinity College$50,3501%
Swarthmore College$48,7202%
Washington and Lee University$44,68413%
Spelman College$42,2924%
Wesleyan University$36,4061%
University of Richmond$33,29919%
Davidson College$31,2079%
College of the Holy Cross$30,9083%
Wake Forest University$30,4533%
Hollins University$29,64716.30%
Lafayette College$27,7388%
University of Notre Dame$27,5894%
Hendrix College$27,43525.20%
Tulane University of Louisiana$27,26632.20%
Seattle Pacific University$27,24420.40%
Agnes Scott College$26,44718.80%
Beloit College$25,89728.60%
Lycoming College$25,41212.70%
Bellarmine University$25,29816.80%
Case Western Reserve University$24,85429%
Austin College$24,24824.20%
Southern Methodist University$23,32334.90%
Rhodes College$22,70353.10%
Stetson University$22,18522%
Clarkson University$22,17215.40%
Albion College$21,07920.20%
Gustavus Adolphus College$20,59826.80%
Susquehanna University$20,45422%
Top 30 colleges ranked by average merit award amount granted to freshmen without any financial need. Data is based on 2016-17 Common Data Set information.

 

 

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