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
Alcorn State University

Alcorn State, MS

19%
Maryville University of St. Louis

St Louis, MO

19%
St. Anselm College

Manchester, NH

19%
Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

19%
Southwestern College

Winfield, KS

19%
Benedictine College

Atchison, KS

19%
The Citadel

Charleston, SC

19%
Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

19%
Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

19%
Carroll University

Waukesha, WI

19%
Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

19%
University of the Ozarks

Clarksville, AR

19%
University of Hawaii—​Manoa

Honolulu, HI

19%
University of Delaware

Newark, DE

19%
St. Joseph's College New York

Brooklyn, NY

19%
Union University

Jackson, TN

19%
University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

19%
Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

19%
Wheaton College

Norton, MA

19%
Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

19%
Ohio State University—​Columbus

Columbus, OH

19%
Eureka College

Eureka, IL

19%
Pace University

New York, NY

19%
University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

19%
University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

19%

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