Most Students Receiving Merit Aid

Many colleges advertise generous merit scholarships without explaining that there are actually several different kinds of merit aid. Some colleges, for example, give fancy merit-sounding names to scholarships that they award to qualified students who have also shown that they can't afford the college's full price.

The federal government only awards Pell Grants based on the student's "need" for money to pay for college. Some elite colleges also only award aid to students who they believe can't afford tuition, since they say all of their students are meritorious.

This chart lists the colleges that report the highest percentage of their students in the 2012-2013 academic year who "had no financial need and who were awarded institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid" excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits.

School Percent of students receiving non-need based aid
Taylor University

Upland, IN

26%
St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY

26%
Union College

Lincoln, NE

26%
California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

26%
Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

26%
New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

25%
Hope College

Holland, MI

25%
Messiah College

Mechanicsburg, PA

25%
College of St. Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

25%
St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

25%
Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, PA

25%
Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

25%
Mercer University

Macon, GA

25%
Mount St. Mary's University

Emmitsburg, MD

25%
University of Nevada—​Reno

Reno, NV

25%
St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

25%
Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, FL

25%
Randolph-​Macon College

Ashland, VA

25%
University of Mary 1

Bismarck, ND

25%
Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

25%
Hastings College

Hastings, NE

24%
Northeastern University

Boston, MA

24%
Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter, MN

24%
Drew University

Madison, NJ

24%
Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

24%

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