Generous Schools


Although college tuition is pricey, some schools have made commitments to benefit students who cannot afford the full cost. They want to ensure that every student they admit can afford to attend their school. Check out the lists below to see which schools have made this promise, and which schools have gone a step further to become need-blind as well. Make sure to keep these lists in mind as you are deciding where to apply.





100% Financial Need Met 100% Financial Need Met AND Need-Blind
What this means: these schools promise to provide a financial aid package to every student they admit that gives them just enough money to attend. Pretty nice deal, huh? What this means: these schools not only promise to provide students with the financial package they need, but they don't even look at that student's financial situation when reading their application. They admit students only on merit. Even nicer deal, huh?
Why this is important: this financial commitment is a relatively new and innovative idea. Although the list seems long, less than 3% of schools in the US have actually committed to meeting every student's needs. Don't let their tuition cost stop you from applying; their financial aid office will work with you if you are admitted to guarantee you can attend. Why this is important: because there is typically a financial aid section on college applications, college admissions officers can't help but take a prospective student's financial situation into account. Many times, colleges are more likely to accept a student if they can pay full tuition, even if they do commit to meeting 100% of financial need. These schools won't even look at your financial situation, so they have absolutely no bias toward high-income students.
  • Adrian College
  • Amherst College
  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Boston College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carleton College
  • Chapman University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Haverford College
  • Lafayette College
  • Macalester College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Reed College
  • Rice University
  • Salem College
  • Scripps College
  • Smith College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford University
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Swarthmore College
  • Thomas Aquinas College
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Wabash College
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Yale University
  • Adrian College
  • Amherst College
  • Barnard College
  • Boston College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Haverford College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Middlebury College
  • Northwestern University
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • Salem College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford University
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Swarthmore College
  • Thomas Aquinas College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Wabash College
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

So if the tuition cost at some of these schools had originally pushed you away, reconsider applying! The financial aid package may be just enough to allow you to attend your dream school. And even if your dream school isn't on these lists, consider applying to some of these schools anyway to see what they can offer you.


Source: US News and World Report, March 22, 2010.
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Source: US News and World Report, February 18, 2010.
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