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
Concordia College—​Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

24%
Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY

24%
Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

24%
Earlham College

Richmond, IN

24%
Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL

24%
Clemson University

Clemson, SC

24%
Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

24%
Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

24%
Brigham Young University—​Provo

Provo, UT

24%
Gordon College

Wenham, MA

24%
Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

23%
Miami University—​Oxford

Oxford, OH

23%
Bethel University

St. Paul, MN

23%
Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

23%
Goshen College

Goshen, IN

23%
Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

23%
SUNY—​Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

23%
St. Francis College

Brooklyn Heights, NY

23%
Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, LA

23%
University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

23%
King's College

New York, NY

23%
Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, VA

23%
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NY

23%
Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

23%
Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

23%

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