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College Rankings for Financial Aid



Top Ranked Colleges Providing the Most Financial Aid

One of the largest barriers for college students is money.  Money to pay for tuition, books, room & board, fees, parking, books, laundry, telephone, and the list goes on.  The facts remain, as a nation we have reached an all-time high for college graduates.  Over 33% of citizens in the United States have a bachelor’s degree or higher.  Further, the BLS has provided a deep analysis showing the correlation between education, income, and employment stability.  The chart can be seen here showing the marked difference between college educated working professional and those without a degree.

To make the most of your college education, we have performed an analysis of data to help prospective college students see things differently. Meaning, a school with a published tuition rate of $50,000 may seem out of reach until you consider financial aid.  Financial aid includes the following:

  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Assistantships
  • Loans
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Fellowships
  • Employer Aid
  • Military Benefits
  • Tuition Discounts

The rankings below represent the colleges and universities that provide the most student aid.  Data was collected from the Department of Education, NCES domain using the latest published final data available which was for 2015.  In addition, we have included data showing the amount of institutional aid and state aid along with the percentage of aid to new students.  A full description of the data collected include:

AT Grant: The column AT Grant represents the average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded.

AS Grant: This represents the average amount of state and/or local grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates.

AI Grant: The AI Grant column is the average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates.

FAid:  Is an abbreviation for financial aid and represents the percentage of full-time first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid.

A List of the Top 50 Ranked Schools for Financial Aid

Rank School Name AT Grant AS Grant AI Grant FAid
1 Columbia University $48,926 $3,668 $47,043 58%
2 Amherst College $47,145 $2,552 $44,922 68%
3 Harvard University $46,508 $2,482 $44,029 75%
4 Yale University $45,806 $2,492 $43,650 58%
5 Webb Institute $44,756 $500 $44,000 100%
6 Pomona College $44,209 $8,045 $40,897 66%
7 Dartmouth College $43,785 $586 $41,963 61%
8 Haverford College $43,170 $2,312 $41,584 59%
9 Stanford University $43,118 $9,074 $40,600 68%
10 Duke University $42,704 $4,373 $41,083 62%
11 Reed College $42,645 $1,789 $40,679 51%
12 Williams College $42,474 $2,327 $40,777 59%
13 Colby College $42,192 $897 $40,686 45%
14 Vassar College $42,125 $2,645 $40,139 71%
15 Wesleyan University $41,906 $1,994 $39,024 50%
16 Princeton University $41,764 $9,126 $39,805 59%
17 Middlebury College $40,963 $1,540 $38,915 50%
18 Swarthmore College $40,870 $1,932 $39,044 59%
19 Colgate University $40,664 $2,783 $38,863 51%
20 Trinity College $40,276 $1,930 $38,495 48%
21 University of Pennsylvania $40,276 $2,776 $38,418 58%
22 Franklin and Marshall College $40,089 $3,129 $38,051 63%
23 Washington and Lee University $39,931 $2,960 $43,207 63%
24 Hamilton College $39,863 $3,448 $37,782 57%
25 Brown University $39,737 $476 $37,642 62%
26 Bard College $39,613 $2,906 $37,505 70%
27 Colorado College $39,473 $2,307 $37,856 57%
28 Vanderbilt University $39,383 $5,168 $38,663 69%
29 Massachusetts Institute of Technology $39,339 $1,793 $37,224 88%
30 Barnard College $39,328 $4,209 $36,942 56%
31 Wellesley College $38,950 $2,043 $37,638 65%
32 Skidmore College $38,712 $5,076 $36,169 58%
33 Bowdoin College $38,494 $900 $36,588 47%
34 Davidson College $38,056 $5,057 $36,455 70%
35 Bates College $37,814 $931 $36,795 47%
36 University of Richmond $37,799 $2,955 $37,333 67%
37 Georgetown University $37,791 $975 $35,991 52%
38 California Institute of Technology $37,777 $3,634 $35,587 71%
39 Wake Forest University $37,554 $4,663 $35,282 48%
40 Pitzer College $37,462 $9,084 $33,665 46%
41 Lafayette College $36,912 $2,730 $35,852 55%
42 Boston College $36,668 $1,768 $34,606 55%
43 Tufts University $36,384 $1,692 $34,282 50%
44 Smith College $35,987 $1,961 $34,656 72%
45 University of Notre Dame $35,739 $2,823 $34,552 66%
46 Connecticut College $35,478 $2,067 $33,871 53%
47 Emory University $35,416 $4,806 $33,497 51%
48 Johns Hopkins University $35,195 $1,444 $34,460 63%
49 Bennington College $34,989 $1,082 $33,667 97%
50 Cornell University $34,941 $2,838 $33,913 61%

 

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