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Best Colleges on Financial Aid

Listed below are the best colleges and universities that meet financial aid need! “Need” is the difference between the amount your family can afford to pay for your education (determined by the FAFSA and CS Profile, called your Expected Financial Contribution or EFC) and the price to attend the college or university (referred to as the “sticker” price, or the total amount it would cost to attend if given no financial aid). These schools generally have the highest endowments and strongest financial aid programs.

These colleges have made a priority to make college affordable to anyone who is admitted, and often times will increase financial aid packages if a student appeals their original amount. The schools on this list vary in size, selectivity, location and type of institution.

College/University Location Website
Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA
Albertson  College of Idaho Caldwell, ID
Albright College Reading, PA
Alfred University Alfred, NY
American University Washington, DC
Amherst College Amherst, MA
Aquinas College Grand Rapids, MI
Arcadia University Glenside,PA
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ
Austin College Sherman, TX
Babson College Babson Park, MA
Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
Bard College Annadale-on-Hudson, NY
Bates College Lewiston, ME
Baylor University Waco, TX
Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
Beloit College Beloit, WI
Berea College Berea, KY
Berry College Mount Berry, GA
Bethany College Bethany, WV
Birmingham Southern College Birmingham, AL
Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
Brandeis University Waltham, MA
Brown University Providence, RI
Bryn Athyn College Bryn Athyn, PA
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
Butler University Indianapolis, IN
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
California State University at Chico Chico, CA
California State University at Pomona Pomona, CA
Canisius College Buffalo, NY
Carleton College Northfield, MN
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburg, PA
Case Western University Cleveland, OH
Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport, LA
Central College Pella, IA
Chapman University Orange, CA
Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA
Clark University Worcester, MA
Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
College of Wooster Wooster, OH
Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
Columbia University/Barnard College New York, NY
Connecticut College New London, CT
Cornell University Ithaca, NY
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
Davidson College Davidson, NC
Denison University Granville, OH
DePauw University Greencastle, IN
Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
Doane College Crete, NE
Drake University Des Moines, IA
Drexel  University Philadelphia, PA
Duke University Durham, NC
Duquesne University Pittsburg, PA
Earlham College Richmond, IN
Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
Flagler College Augustine, FL
Fordham University Bronx, NY
Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
Furman University
Greenville, SC
Georgetown University Washington, DC
Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
Goucher College Baltimore, MD
Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter, MN
Hampden-Sydney College Sydney, VA
Hanover College Hanover, IN
Harvard College Cambridge, MA
Haverford College Haverford, PA
Hiram College Hiram, OH
Hollins University Roanoke, VA
Hood College Frederick, MD
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
John Carroll University University Heights, OH
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
Knox College Galesburg, IL
Lafayette College Easton, PA
Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
LaSalle University Philadelphia, PA
Lemoyne College Syracuse, NY
Linfield College McMinnville, OR
Longwood University Farmville, VA
Loras College Dubuque, IA
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA
Macalester College St. Paul, MN
Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
Marymount University Arlington, VA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
McDaniel College Westminster, MD
Mercer University Macon, GA
Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
Millikin University Decatur, IL
Mills College Oakland, CA
Monmouth College Monmouth, IL
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
Mount St. Mary's University Emmitsburg, MD
Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
Northwestern University Evanston, IL
Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
Oglethorpe University
Atlanta, GA
Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
Pitzer College Claremont, CA
Pomona College Claremont, CA
Princeton University Princeton, NJ
Providence College Providence, RI
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
Randolph-Macon Woman's College Ashland, VA
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
Rhodes College Memphis, TN
Rice University Houston, TX
Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
Ripon College Ripon, WI
Roanoke College Salem, VA
Rockford College Rockfor, IL
Saginaw Valley State University University Center, MI
Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
Scripps College Claremont, CA
Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, TN
Smith College Northampton, MA
Southwestern University Georgetown, TX
Spring Hill College Mobile, AL
St. Anselm College Manchester, NH
St. Edwards University Austin, TX
St. John's University Queens, NY
St. Joseph's University Philadelphia, PA
St. Lawrence University Canton, NY
St. Louis University St. Louis, MO
St. Michael's College Colchester, VT
St. Olaf College Northfield, MN
Stanford University Stanford, CA
Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
Transylvania University Lexington, KY
Trinity College Hartford, CT
Tufts University Medford, MA
Tulane University New Orleans, LA
Union College Schenectady, NY
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
University of Chicago Chicago, IL
University of Dallas Dallas, TX
University of Dayton Dayton, OH
University of Denver Denver, CO
University of Evansville  Evansville, IN
University of Florida Gainesville, FL
University of Maine at Farmington Farmington, ME
University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
University of Portland Portland, OR
University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
University of Redlands Redlands, CA
University of Richmond Richmond, VA
University of Scranton Scranton, PA
University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
Walsh University North Canton, OH
Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
Westminster College Salt Lake City, UT
Wheaton College Norton, MA
Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
Whittier College Whittier, CA
Willamette University Salem, OR
Williams College Williamstown, MA
Wittenberg University Springfield, OH
Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
Yale University New Haven, CT