How do you get the most from your financial aid package? Look at schools that pledge to meet all of your college financial need!

Some colleges offer need-blind admission, meaning they don’t look at your financial need while reviewing your application. But if these schools accept you, there’s no guarantee that they’ll meet your college financial need if you are eligible for financial aid.

There are some schools, however, that claim to provide all the financial assistance to meet the demonstrated financial need for accepted students. Although they are more the exception than the rule, these colleges take the extra step toward helping you graduate debt-free.

Check out this list of 18 schools who are known for their college financial assistance, and for meeting 100% of financial need.

18 Schools That Meet All Financial Aid

Colleges & Universities

City & State

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Brown University

Providence, RI

Colby College

Waterville, ME

Columbia University

New York, NY

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

 Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Stanford University

 Palo Alto, CA

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

Yale Unversity

New Haven, CT

How is Your College Financial Need Determined?

Although all of these colleges claim to give you enough financial assistance to meet your college financial need, remember that your “need” is determined in different ways.

Through the information on your FAFSA, the federal government calculates an “expected family contribution” that it believes each family can afford to contribute toward tuition each semester.

Schools that claim to meet full demonstrated college financial need often pledge to give financial assistance that covers the rest of tuition. But some schools calculate their own expected family contribution for each student, which can be higher and less affordable.

Check out the financial aid policies at the schools on your college list to see what financial assistance they offer!

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David Scott Lewis
8 years ago

This is list can be misleading. Note that if an international student applies for FA under an early option they’ll likely be placed in the RD pool.

Amy at University Language

Thanks for the tip – that’s an important point! Students should research each individual school to find out about their application process.

7 years ago

First of, awesome website full of great ressources for any college-bound high schooler ! I saw that this article was written almost 3 years ago, is the list still accurate ?
Thanks for all !

Amy at University Language

Thanks for the comment!
These schools may have updated their financial aid policies since this article was published. Students should check with the schools where they are applying.

Ernestina A. Yeboah
Ernestina A. Yeboah
7 years ago

I am interested in schooling in any of the 28countries university.

Ernestina A. Yeboah
Ernestina A. Yeboah
7 years ago

Is a great contribution to help study.
Thanks u all