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Average Merit Aid

Merit aid is financial aid awarded to students on the basis of their academic or extracurricular accomplishments, rather than their financial need. The following table indicates the percentage of incoming freshman receiving merit aid at 376 of America’s selective colleges, as well as the average merit award received. We also included the average Cost of Attendance (COA), a figure that includes tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses. For more information on how to position yourself to receive merit aid, visit our blog post on the subject.

Data was collected from each institution’s 2019-20 Common Data Set, the most recent year for which such data is made available.

Table updated on August 23, 2020

InstitutionCost of Attendance (In-State)Cost of Attendance (Out-of-State)% Received (All Freshmen)% Received (Freshmen w/ No Need)Average Merit Scholarship (Freshmen w/ No Need)
Adelphi University$61,325$61,23568%11%$18,983
Agnes Scott College$61,530$61,53039%18%$31,077
Albion College$66,900$66,90099%17%$32,818
Alfred University$53,730$42,03850%4%$12,750
Allegheny College$68,290$68,29046%22%$33,300
American University$70,371$70,37122%13%$13,347
Amherst College$78,180$78,1800%0%$0
Appalachian State University$19,908$34,7155%3%$4,178
Arizona State University$28,903$46,99346%37%$10,158
Auburn University$29,522$49,15432%27%$7,562
Augustana College (IL)$60,582$60,58271%46%$26,845
Austin College$59,847$59,84741%28%$24,885
Babson College$76,220$76,2207%3%$20,636
Ball State University$25,504$42,28465%14%$7,280
Bard College$77,866$77,8662%2%$22,303
Barnard College$79,904$79,9040%0%$0
Bates College$75,518$75,5180%0%$0
Baylor University$68,084$68,08491%39%$18,255
Belmont University$52,530$52,53039%30%$9,027
Beloit College$67,266$67,26661%27%$36,511
Bennington College$79,769$79,76925%6%$17,960
Bentley University$75,965$27,54536%27%$10,128
Binghamton University$30,499$48,08912%4%$6,629
Birmingham Southern College$36,290$36,29082%30%$8,751
Boise State University$23,744$40,6641%0%$2,820
Boston College$79,902$79,9022%1%$26,299
Boston University$76,282$76,28214%5%$26,153
Bowdoin College$75,780$75,7802%2%$1,000
Bowling Green State University$26,481$34,47028%20%$5,234
Bradley University$49,980$49,98032%22%$13,932
Brandeis University$77,735$77,73522%17%$14,542
Brigham Young University$17,904$23,87458%37%$4,310
Brooklyn College (CUNY)Not ReportedNot Reported14%2%$2,000
Brown University$81,376$81,3760%0%$10,000
Bryant University$67,697$67,69748%7%$16,424
Bryn Mawr College$78,560$78,56029%21%$19,046
Bucknell University$77,002$77,00220%6%$14,024
Butler University$62,010$62,01054%41%$17,451
Cal Poly, Pomona$29,038$40,9189%0%$3,000
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo$29,328$47,41928%13%$1,505
California Institute of Technology$78,857$78,8570%0%$5,000
California State University - Fresno$22,324$34,20419%4%$2,500
California State University - Fullerton$22,340$31,84418%5%$1,512
California State Univesrsity - Long Beach$24,196$34,49231%15%Not Reported
Calvin College$51,430$51,43049%36%$18,215
Canisius College$44,284$44,28453%22%$13,218
Carleton College$93,288$93,28811%2%$2,042
Carnegie Mellon University$80,104$80,10416%2%$12,151
Case Western Reserve University$73,556$73,55654%36%$23,188
Catholic University$69,466$69,466Not Reported30%$24,152
Centre College$58,370$58,37029%29%$28,358
Chapman University$78,182$78,18259%14%$18,981
Christopher Newport University$31,218$43,68439%20%$3,435
Claremont McKenna College$77,005$77,00519%2%$24,447
Clark University$62,432$62,43246%32%$18,034
Clarkson University$73,186$73,18633%16%$30,928
Clemson University$31,200$54,19269%27%$5,126
Colby College$78,805$78,8050%0%$0
Colgate University$79,330$79,3300%0%$0
College of Charleston$29,427$49,75766%30%$12,455
College of New Jersey, The$35,401$47,37934%12%$4,972
College of William & Mary$40,948$63,86916%1%$17,835
College of the Atlantic$57,119$57,11912%12%$18,769
College of the Holy Cross$76,310$76,31022%7%$16,357
Colorado College$78,726$78,7268%6%$8,718
Colorado School of Mines$38,003$58,70378%36%$8,896
Colorado State University$28,761$47,48245%21%$6,462
Columbia University$81,444$81,4440%0%$0
Connecticut College$79,545$79,54546%36%$15,662
Cooper Union$65,260$65,26092%43%$22,930
Cornell College$60,494$60,49437%17%$28,293
Cornell University$79,382$79,3820%0%$0
Creighton University$59,048$59,04853%37%$18,640
Dartmouth College$80,715$80,7150%0%$0
Davidson College$74,515$74,51526%3%$17,526
DePaul University$60,272$60,27229%21%$17,820
DePauw University$70,628$70,62846%30%$27,293
Denison University$74,630$74,63054%44%$22,528
Dickinson College$75,715$75,71519%15%$12,796
Drake University$59,848$59,84840%24%$22,868
Drew University$62,340$62,34028%21%$18,493
Drexel University$77,177$77,17735%24%$16,014
Duke University$80,934$80,9349%1%$76,181
Duquesne University$60,134$60,13499%25%$16,524
Earlham College$63,718$63,71825%9%$26,285
East Carolina University$21,982$38,25923%6%$1,637
Eckerd College$63,702$63,70232%32%$17,966
Elon University$53,386$53,38653%30%$6,603
Emerson College$74,296$74,29629%21%$14,539
Emory University$76,024$76,02420%4%$19,225
Evergreen State College$24,701$44,0213%1%$3,500
Fairfield University$69,360$69,36091%50%$17,066
Florida Atlantic University$22,591$38,14713%3%$3,653
Florida Institute of Technology$60,856$60,85692%25%$16,158
Florida International University$22,282$34,680100%34%$2,043
Florida State University$21,835$37,00184%10%$7,875
Fordham University$79,124$79,12441%27%$20,363
Franklin & Marshall College$77,680$77,68011%0%$0
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering$78,246$78,246100%46%$26,159
Furman University$69,494$69,49457%34%$17,963
George Mason University$28,777$52,23740%16%$7,565
George Washington University$77,981$77,98157%28%$22,863
Georgetown College$55,950$55,95030%7%$21,810
Georgetown University$79,976$79,97616%0%$0
Georgia College$26,958$46,13849%3%$2,435
Georgia Institute of Technology$31,542$52,65458%31%$11,867
Georgia Southern University$22,056$35,8746%3%$1,759
Georgia State University$27,714$46,75270%0%$0
Gettysburg College$76,690$76,690112%38%$18,140
Gonzaga University$64,297$64,29799%37%$16,782
Goucher College$66,830$66,83035%25%$21,456
Grinnell College$74,674$74,67432%21%$20,984
Gustavus Adolphus College$63,020$63,02037%20%$26,120
Hamilton College$75,120$75,1200%0%$0
Hampshire College$70,268$70,26829%29%$19,000
Harvard University$76,321$76,3210%0%$0
Harvey Mudd College$81,369$81,36937%17%$8,164
Haverford College$80,390$80,3908%0%$0
High Point University$58,248$58,24866%29%$7,850
Hobart and William Smith Colleges$78,270$78,27070%48%$21,726
Hofstra University$68,168$68,16845%24%$23,143
Hollins University$58,440$58,440100%24%$40,131
Hood College$59,810$59,81022%12%$20,251
Hope College$50,170$50,17092%32%$11,619
Howard University$45,950$45,95096%8%$26,085
Hunter College (CUNY)$26,319$37,98949%3%$3,051
Illinois Institute of Technology$70,298$70,29836%25%$27,314
Illinois Wesleyan University$67,206$67,20651%23%$26,549
Indiana University - Purdue U. Indianapolis$23,145$44,15422%12%$7,615
Indiana University Bloomington$26,117$51,68246%35%$7,338
Iowa State University$22,740$37,92863%38%$4,560
Ithaca College$65,274$65,27453%24%$17,019
James Madison University$26,992$43,8926%2%$7,105
Johns Hopkins University$78,790$78,79010%1%$10,602
Juniata College$66,455$66,45532%18%$25,077
Kalamazoo College$67,115$67,11541%21%$30,345
Kansas State University$24,432$40,30849%15%$4,922
Kennesaw State University$24,198$38,26661%1%$1,309
Kent State University$28,102$36,97837%28%$5,575
Kenyon College$79,060$79,06044%26%$13,843
Kettering University$57,110$57,11032%22%$18,489
Knox College$64,274$64,27439%15%$29,016
Lafayette College$78,906$78,90611%5%$27,765
Lake Forest College$65,006$65,00620%20%$24,320
Lawrence University$66,065$66,06549%35%$27,671
Lehigh University$74,230$74,23010%4%$9,909
Lewis & Clark College$70,068$70,06839%27%$23,525
Louisiana State University$28,506$45,18324%22%$5,414
Louisiana Tech University$23,771$32,68443%28%$4,473
Loyola Marymount University$72,772$72,77250%40%$11,045
Loyola University Chicago$66,348$66,34843%34%$18,633
Loyola University Maryland$71,565$71,56572%33%$20,008
Loyola University New Orleans$60,392$60,39227%16%$20,564
Macalester College$73,305$73,30527%20%$14,436
Manhattan College$67,770$67,77029%21%$9,755
Marist College$66,265$66,26536%28%$11,813
Marquette University$63,368$63,36840%34%$15,342
Massachusetts Institute of Technology$74,820$74,8200%0%$0
Messiah College$52,550$52,55031%20%$15,472
Miami University$34,504$54,53048%40%$12,770
Michigan State University$29,346$54,65235%11%$9,780
Middlebury College$79,176$79,1760%0%$5,000
Milwaukee School of Engineering$57,930$57,93028%16%$18,137
Mississippi State University$23,561$38,52127%15%$5,227
Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology$25,518$44,90170%40%$8,513
Montana State University$22,452$40,68818%16%$1,697
Mount Holyoke College$75,868$75,86827%17%$20,643
Muhlenberg College$73,855$73,85534%23%$16,101
New College of Florida$20,875$43,90348%40%$2,686
New Jersey Institute of Technology$37,704$37,70423%16%$14,821
New Mexico State University$21,818$38,92628%20%$3,822
New York University$78,074$78,0747%4%$4,816
North Carolina State University$25,014$45,13312%4%$6,653
Northeastern University$74,666$74,66651%32%$19,488
Northwestern University$81,209$81,2095%5%$5,401
Oberlin College$78,782$78,78275%26%$19,690
Occidental College$77,080$77,08046%14%$14,509
Oglethorpe University$59,890$59,89040%24%$30,779
Ohio State University$28,104$49,08134%30%$6,825
Ohio University$28,976$38,77013%7%$4,134
Ohio Wesleyan University$64,296$64,29630%19%$22,724
Oklahoma State University$22,475$37,99534%29%$7,201
Old Dominion University$28,726$48,88638%10%$5,730
Oregon State University$29,624$49,22930%28%$5,210
Penn State University - University Park$35,404$52,46834%7%$5,695
Pepperdine University$78,642$78,64225%25%$19,506
Pitzer College$78,516$78,5163%2%$5,000
Pomona College$78,728$78,7280%0%$0
Princeton University$74,230$74,2300%0%$0
Providence College$74,358$74,35814%10%$25,204
Purdue University - West Lafayette$24,412$45,21426%12%$5,057
Quinnipiac University$71,230$71,23095%30%$17,549
Ramapo College of New Jersey$32,341$41,89231%11%$11,828
Reed College$80,350$80,3500%0%$0
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute$77,446$77,44637%25%$23,326
Rhodes College$65,184$65,18462%36%$26,663
Rice University$70,087$70,08710%5%$23,656
Rochester Institute of Technology$69,528$69,52835%12%$11,700
Rollins College$72,862$72,86274%37%$25,288
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology$69,671$69,67163%32%$16,359
Rutgers University$33,062$49,84421%8%$11,936
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry$29,815$39,72541%12%$3,716
SUNY, Geneseo$27,175$37,08523%12%$3,136
SUNY, New Paltz$27,160$37,07024%1%$1,892
SUNY, Oneonta$27,394$37,44411%9%$3,327
SUNY, Oswego$27,237$37,14711%9%$6,334
SUNY, Polytechnic Institute$27,216$37,12623%17%$3,196
SUNY, Purchase College$38,181$48,09122%12%$2,785
Saint Louis University$64,674$64,67430%21%$20,498
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame$63,520$63,52097%22%$21,266
Samford University$22,699$21,84859%48%$13,996
San Diego State University$30,461$42,34128%3%$3,200
San Francisco State University$26,905$38,785152%6%$2,097
San Jose State University$29,388$38,8925%1%$1,890
Santa Clara University$75,911$75,91143%27%$12,852
Sarah Lawrence College$77,170$77,17028%18%$17,758
Scripps College$78,818$78,81813%13%$19,547
Seattle University$65,600$65,60065%14%$18,652
Seton Hall University$65,940$65,94044%10%$11,366
Sewanee - The University of the South$66,110$66,11056%45%$20,258
Siena College$60,613$60,61394%18%$14,931
Simmons University$63,500$25,62841%17%$22,774
Skidmore College$75,702$75,7022%0%$15,000
Smith College$78,904$78,9049%8%$17,907
Soka University of America$51,304$51,304100%13%$12,602
Southern Methodist University$79,680$79,68090%65%$28,162
Southwestern University$61,610$61,610100%35%$25,212
Spelman College$50,790$50,79015%5%$11,749
St. Joseph's University$66,920$66,92038%28%$16,648
St. Lawrence University$77,880$77,88040%19%$19,522
St. Mary's College of Maryland$32,749$48,82581%38%$4,903
St. Olaf College$67,340$67,34048%20%$18,188
Stanford University$77,944$77,9442%0%$0
Stevens Institute of Technology$76,626$76,62693%27%$19,575
Stonehill College$65,163$65,16358%37%$21,379
Stony Brook University$28,583$46,25324%18%$5,485
Susquehanna University$69,250$69,25036%17%$33,994
Swarthmore College$75,374$75,3741%1%$54,256
Syracuse University$77,076$77,07633%28%$9,830
Temple University$36,290$50,66861%14%$6,866
Tennessee Technological University$25,414$43,34863%16%$9,004
Texas A&M University - College Station$26,083$52,57719%14%$5,177
Texas Christian University$69,830$69,83033%3%$17,655
Texas Tech University$25,414$43,34826%9%$3,866
The Citadel$33,974$57,85914%3%$79,343
The College of Wooster$66,330$66,33050%25%$28,971
Thomas Aquinas College$38,630$38,6300%0%$0
Towson University$27,684$42,09035%11%$5,373
Transylvania University$57,150$57,15036%19%$20,765
Trinity College (CT)$78,580$78,5803%1%$58,374
Trinity University$62,494$62,49476%59%$24,124
Truman State University$22,064$29,42497%41%$5,634
Tufts University$80,722$80,7224%2%$3,000
Tulane University$77,004$77,00453%43%$19,239
Union College$78,740$78,74028%26%$14,500
University at Albany (SUNY)$28,896$46,48612%8%$4,559
University at Buffalo (SUNY)$29,588$47,25833%8%$3,688
University of Alabama$25,846$45,31658%27%$15,183
University of Arizona$29,791$53,81844%34%$9,808
University of Arkansas$25,044$41,53216%12%$4,522
University of California, Berkeley$35,525$64,1517%6%$6,464
University of California, Davis$33,069$61,6954%3%$6,485
University of California, Irvine$34,482$64,2362%1%$9,384
University of California, Los Angeles$34,480$65,6744%3%$5,763
University of California, Merced$34,820$63,8127%3%$5,153
University of California, Riverside$34,633$64,3875%4%$8,226
University of California, San Diego$33,345$65,0914%2%$11,133
University of California, Santa Barbara$34,875$66,0693%2%$10,290
University of California, Santa Cruz$35,639$66,83310%9%$7,414
University of Central Florida$20,650$36,74946%9%$3,856
University of Chicago$82,586$82,5868%Not ReportedNot Reported
University of Cincinnati$26,970$42,95446%14%$5,075
University of Colorado Boulder$31,708$57,52641%39%$9,343
University of Connecticut$35,272$57,94041%17%$10,711
University of Dallas$59,710$59,71031%16%$18,515
University of Dayton$62,380$62,38037%33%$20,160
University of Delaware$31,718$53,14830%24%$8,543
University of Denver$72,183$72,18351%39%$21,124
University of Florida$21,091$43,36844%4%$2,832
University of Georgia$26,690$45,73019%2%$4,329
University of Hawaii at Manoa$29,840$51,87243%28%$13,135
University of Houston$25,212$40,87210%7%$5,051
University of Illinois at Chicago$30,983$44,1997%4%$5,721
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign$33,544$50,99420%11%$5,104
University of Iowa$25,186$47,14949%24%$6,677
University of Kansas$25,958$42,82636%28%$7,398
University of Kentucky$30,302$49,11282%25%$9,350
University of Louisville$25,810$41,83629%18%$9,399
University of Maine$26,634$46,94441%32%$7,776
University of Mary Washington$30,213$46,89083%38%$3,886
University of Maryland, Baltimore County$28,458$44,09251%32%$6,144
University of Maryland, College Park$28,194$54,30626%22%$7,037
University of Massachusetts Amherst$34,217$53,53836%32%$6,313
University of Memphis$24,917$31,76980%18%$7,090
University of Miami$73,382$73,38246%24%$25,539
University of Michigan$31,832$67,47443%14%$4,411
University of Minnesota, Morris$26,240$28,29423%15%$4,388
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities$30,025$48,32316%12%$5,058
University of Mississippi$22,934$39,20628%21%$10,808
University of Missouri, Columbia$28,174$47,82822%18%$6,773
University of Missouri, Kansas City$25,378$41,26323%21%$5,156
University of Montana$21,650$40,44279%32%$4,755
University of Nebraska - Lincoln$25,470$41,91024%17%$7,766
University of Nevada - Las Vegas$24,098$39,75071%17%$3,836
University of Nevada - Reno$24,010$39,66362%18%$3,365
University of New Hampshire$35,410$52,75027%18%$5,749
University of North Carolina at Asheville$18,948$36,29653%27%$1,901
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$25,192$53,18628%2%$11,932
University of North Carolina at Charlotte$22,396$35,83031%2%$7,205
University of North Carolina at Greensboro$20,732$35,89112%2%$5,017
University of North Carolina at Wilmington$22,434$36,49924%4%$3,715
University of North Texas$25,447$38,10757%17%$6,871
University of Notre Dame$77,963$77,96316%2%$12,994
University of Oklahoma$26,654$42,03541%10%$2,275
University of Oregon$31,010$56,46223%21%$6,317
University of Pennsylvania$81,414$81,4140%0%$0
University of Pittsburgh$34,953$48,98114%9%$11,153
University of Portland$68,040$68,04095%34%$21,159
University of Puget Sound$71,510$71,51046%36%$22,206
University of Redlands$72,960$72,96031%17%$18,075
University of Rhode Island$31,556$48,67623%11%$7,132
University of Richmond$74,620$74,62021%11%$31,587
University of Rochester$79,878$79,87826%18%$12,483
University of San Diego$72,330$72,33051%20%$20,106
University of San Francisco$73,302$73,30235%30%$18,873
University of Scranton$67,260$67,26085%20%$17,750
University of South Carolina$27,989$49,22989%38%$5,947
University of South Florida$22,576$33,49025%16%$3,277
University of Southern California$79,418$79,41856%26%$19,827
University of St. Thomas (MN)$63,516$63,51634%17%$24,822
University of Tennessee$29,573$47,76413%13%$6,860
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga$23,586$39,70440%31%$6,335
University of Texas at Arlington, The$25,766$42,85542%6%$5,465
University of Texas at Austin, The$26,566$54,06836%2%$2,221
University of Texas at Dallas, The$29,624$54,35031%24%$14,241
University of Tulsa$61,547$61,54735%14%$12,625
University of Utah$24,251$44,88570%61%$9,217
University of Vermont$36,148$61,03641%33%$15,420
University of Virginia$35,904$69,8811%0%$3,726
University of Washington$28,891$55,5928%6%$5,217
University of Wisconsin - Madison$26,663$53,7238%5%$5,405
University of Wyoming$20,836$34,57670%25%$4,208
University of the Pacific$68,529$68,529Not Reported18%$19,071
Ursinus College$72,970$72,97030%17%$27,820
Vanderbilt University$76,352$76,35212%7%$18,722
Vassar College$77,120$77,1200%0%$0
Villanova University$74,204$74,2047%4%$18,712
Virginia Commonwealth University$30,215$50,96911%9%$7,513
Virginia Military Institute$33,114$59,95838%12%$19,123
Virginia Tech$27,635$46,17529%9%$3,130
Wabash College$60,930$60,93044%25%$29,109
Wake Forest University$79,824$79,82428%4%$23,129
Washington & Jefferson College$66,582$66,58225%17%$30,666
Washington & Lee University$78,545$78,54530%7%$54,293
Washington State University$27,409$41,98773%29%$4,857
Washington University in St. Louis$76,548$76,54814%10%$10,585
Wayne State University$28,991$44,36191%23%$4,716
Wellesley College$80,250$80,2502%0%$56,052
Wentworth Institute of Technology$53,890$53,890101%23%$10,555
Wesleyan University$80,500$80,5002%0%$43,624
West Chester University of Pennsylvania$24,177$35,75127%8%$2,204
West Virginia University$24,218$40,56239%17%$5,475
Western Washington University$24,562$40,9117%3%$1,769
Westmont College$68,050$68,050121%90%$20,517
Wheaton College (IL)$54,120$54,12027%20%$15,815
Wheaton College (MA)$74,914$74,91423%13%$29,414
Whitman College$74,398$74,39856%39%$13,350
Whittier College$68,422$68,42227%18%$26,255
Willamette University$71,132$71,13242%20%$21,952
Williams College$78,690$78,6900%0%$0
Wittenberg University$56,536$56,536100%17%$25,577
Wofford College$65,870$65,87044%23%$20,337
Worcester Polytechnic Institute$73,936$73,93698%32%$18,052
Xavier University$60,300$60,30061%23%$18,800
Yale University$81,830$81,8300%0%$0
Yeshiva University$63,705$63,70542%29%$21,162