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Merit Aid (by Institution)

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 America’s selective colleges, as well as the average merit award received. Data was collected from the College Board, IPEDS, and Peterson’s and is for the 2015-2016 academic year, the most recent year for which such data is made available. 

COA = Cost of Attendance (including Tuition, Fees, Room & Board, Books & Supplies, and Personal Expenses)

InstitutionCOA In-StateCOA Out-of-state% Receiving
Merit Aid
Average Merit Award
Agnes Scott College$54,065 $54,065 40$26,447
Albion College$56,750 $56,750 98$24,351
Alfred University$47,836 $47,836 51$11,750
Allegheny College$61,120 $61,120 38$22,434
Alma College$49,410 $49,410 26$21,225
American University$66,000 $66,000 26$15,234
Amherst College$71,900 $71,900 0$0
Appalachian State University$18,922 $33,438 6$3,648
Arizona State University$26,263 $42,363 36$8,008
Auburn University$31,282 $49,954 33$7,397
Augustana College (IL)$53,422 $53,422 35$21,640
Austin College$52,394 $52,394 64$24,248
Babson College$68,582 $68,582 12$21,646
Bard College$72,362 $72,362 1$16,625
Barnard College$71,912 $71,912 0$0
Bates College$68,770 $68,770 0$0
Baylor University$60,304 $60,304 96$14,716
Belmont University$57,740 $57,740 35$7,515
Beloit College$59,842 $59,842 65$23,659
Bennington College$71,810 $71,810 43$11,328
Bentley University$66,180 $66,180 34$18,101
Berea College$35,394 $35,394 0$0
Berry College$50,632 $50,632 46$14,323
Birmingham Southern College$48,841 $48,841 100$21,955
Boston College$70,588 $70,588 3$21,093
Boston University$70,302 $70,302 8$23,169
Bowdoin College$68,070 $68,070 4$1,000
Bradley University$46,606 $46,606 24$11,598
Brandeis University$71,943 $71,943 16$14,805
Brigham Young University$18,370 $18,370 58$4,216
Brown University$71,050 $71,050 0$0
Bryant University$60,203 $60,203 79$16,358
Bryn Mawr College$68,860 $68,860 20$19,833
Bucknell University$71,125 $71,125 19$13,676
Butler University$57,055 $57,055 44$14,998
California Institute of Technology$68,901 $68,901 0$0
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo$27,060 $38,940 16$2,303
Calvin College$46,790 $46,790 38$10,575
Canisius College$52,172 $52,172 39$20,100
Carleton College$68,835 $68,835 11$1,906
Carnegie Mellon University$72,579 $72,579 14$12,312
Case Western Reserve University$65,384 $65,384 42$24,654
Catholic University$62,482 $62,482 29$18,182
Centre College$54,280 $54,280 38$21,908
Champlain College$58,034 $58,034 31$10,729
Chapman University$69,464 $69,464 68$17,318
Christopher Newport University$29,680 $41,476 35$3,369
Claremont McKenna College$71,745 $71,745 24$18,590
Clark University$55,010 $55,010 55$18,978
Clarkson University$66,106 $66,106 29$23,918
Clemson University$28,314 $47,296 62$6,926
Coe College$55,240 $55,240 27$25,905
Colby College$69,082 $69,082 0$0
Colgate University$71,360 $71,360 0$0
College of Charleston$28,890 $47,048 64$10,982
College of the Atlantic$54,969 $54,969 17$16,279
College of the Holy Cross$66,220 $66,220 3$30,908
College of the Ozarks$30,062 $30,062 27$14,492
College of William and Mary$37,386 $58,441 17$9,893
Colorado College$67,546 $67,546 20$10,950
Colorado School of Mines$33,648 $52,698 73$7,809
Colorado State University$25,336 $42,630 36$5,142
Columbia University$74,818 $74,818 0$0
Connecticut College$69,440 $69,440 0$0
Cooper Union$65,345 $65,345 100$22,170
Cornell College$54,933 $54,933 49$19,672
Cornell University$70,371 $70,371 0$0
Creighton University$53,452 $53,452 50$14,488
CUNY Baruch College$27,059 $37,529 84$5,100
CUNY, Brooklyn College$27,218 $37,688 24$1,211
CUNY, City College$32,544 $43,014 54$3,486
CUNY, Hunter College$26,610 $37,080 73$2,753
Dartmouth College$72,853 $72,853 0$0
Davidson College$66,678 $66,678 27$31,207
Denison University$64,320 $64,320 94$23,414
DePaul University$57,034 $57,034 86$13,940
DePauw University$62,667 $62,667 53$18,481
Dickinson College$69,971 $69,971 23$9,474
Drake University$54,020 $54,020 42$16,178
Drew University$66,586 $66,586 31$22,159
Drexel University$68,792 $68,792 38$14,619
Duke University$72,554 $72,554 7$13,689
Duquesne University$52,108 $52,108 98$13,158
Earlham College$58,700 $58,700 36$19,056
East Carolina University$21,287 $33,695 16$4,541
Eckerd College$59,200 $59,200 34$17,154
Elizabethtown College$58,490 $58,490 34$23,182
Elon University$50,000 $50,000 36$7,301
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University$53,542 $53,542 61$13,503
Emerson College$66,539 $66,539 19$15,280
Emory University$66,950 $66,950 20$23,424
Evergreen State College$20,839 $37,312 3$6,586
Fairfield University$64,325 $64,325 45$14,826
Florida Atlantic University$23,853 $39,409 9$4,023
Florida Gulf Coast University$18,891 $38,934 21$4,312
Florida Institute of Technology$58,920 $58,920 92$16,185
Florida International University$23,464 $35,862 44$1,771
Florida Southern College$49,900 $49,900 72$20,580
Florida State University$22,575 $37,741 48$3,355
Fordham University$72,239 $72,239 35$16,180
Franklin & Marshall College$70,730 $70,730 0$0
Furman University$63,706 $63,706 89$18,327
George Mason University$26,912 $48,194 28$5,700
George Washington University$70,433 $70,433 60$19,477
Georgetown College$50,086 $50,086 87$5,458
Georgetown University$72,214 $72,214 0$0
Georgia College and State University$26,466 $45,180 50$2,574
Georgia Institute of Technology$26,850 $47,446 35$8,532
Georgia State University$25,430 $44,004 74
Gettysburg College$67,710 $67,710 47$11,340
Gonzaga University$57,350 $57,350 49$14,749
Goucher College$58,310 $58,310 43$17,258
Grinnell College$65,814 $65,814 29$17,329
Gustavus Adolphus College$55,600 $55,600 33$23,279
Hamilton College$68,170 $68,170 0$0
Hampshire College$66,964 $66,964 31$8,854
Harvard University$70,510 $70,510 0$0
Harvey Mudd College$74,678 $74,678 29$10,533
Haverford College$71,674 $71,674 0$0
Hendrix College$58,120 $58,120 48$27,435
High Point University$51,105 $51,015 62$7,236
Hiram College$47,535 $47,535 66$9,657
Hobart and William Smith Colleges$69,160 $69,160 51$13,688
Hofstra University$61,460 $61,460 40$17,396
Hollins University$54,205 $54,205 100$29,647
Hood College$54,840 $54,840 36$20,903
Hope College$45,240 $45,240 79$8,714
Howard University$43,501 $43,501 61$27,031
Illinois Institute of Technology$62,486 $62,486 47$25,552
Illinois Wesleyan University$58,830 $58,830 42$21,219
Indiana University$25,171 $49,483 27$7,182
Ithaca College$61,339 $61,339 45$15,358
James Madison University$25,780 $42,144 6$6,094
Johns Hopkins University$71,023 $71,023 5$30,263
Juniata College$58,165 $58,165 36$23,221
Kalamazoo College$57,407 $57,407 51$20,728
Kenyon College$69,200 $69,200 23$14,585
Kettering University$58,344 $58,344 30$15,499
Knox College$56,554 $56,554 26$20,991
Lafayette College$66,890 $66,890 17$27,738
Lawrence University$58,908 $58,908 40$22,716
Lehigh University$66,925 $66,925 10$8,921
Lewis & Clark College$64,086 $64,086 39$16,420
Louisiana State University$28,934 $45,611 20$5,085
Loyola Marymount University$65,735 $65,735 41$10,832
Loyola University Chicago$60,408 $60,408 35$15,511
Loyola University Maryland$64,685 $64,685 38$17,165
Macalester College$66,868 $66,868 15$14,973
Marietta College$50,360 $50,360 80$19,903
Marist College$55,680 $55,680 86$9,264
Marlboro College$55,555 $55,555 9$13,000
Marquette University$55,002 $55,002 44$14,756
Massachusetts Institute of Technology$68,430 $68,430 0$0
McDaniel College$55,830 $55,830 35$23,009
Messiah College$47,930 $47,930 35$15,583
Miami University$29,532 $46,836 42$9,337
Michigan State University$27,241 $51,068 30$9,915
Middlebury College$70,464 $70,464 0$0
Millsaps College$55,280 $55,280 48$24,326
Milwaukee School of Engineering$51,731 $51,731 32$12,435
Mississippi State University$24,744 $38,784 36$3,872
Morehouse College$48,723 $48,723 11$20,037
Mount Holyoke College$63,900 $63,900 31$17,926
Muhlenberg College$65,330 $65,330 77$12,645
New College of Florida$20,395 $43,423 44$2,286
New Jersey Institute of Technology$36,050 $50,654 61$18,046
New York University$72,900 $72,900 5$4,476
North Carolina State University$22,328 $40,676 14$6,113
Northeastern University$68,537 $68,537 44$19,869
Northwestern University$72,980 $72,980 0$0
Oberlin College$71,930 $71,930 79$13,130
Occidental College$71,756 $71,756 30$11,808
Oglethorpe University$53,490 $53,490 32$17,939
Ohio State University$25,539 $43,731 38$7,166
Ohio University$26,656 $36,120 16$3,757
Oregon State University$26,620 $45,100 18$4,203
Penn State University$36,388 $50,870 30$4,185
Pepperdine University$70,862 $70,862 25$21,773
Pitzer College$70,500 $70,500 4$8,561
Pomona College$70,725 $70,725 0$0
Princeton University$66,950 $66,950 0$0
Principia College$43,350 $43,350 75$23,648
Providence College$65,120 $65,120 28$20,837
Purdue University$23,032 $41,834 35$4,966
Quinnipiac University$63,770 $63,770 78$17,609
Ramapo College of New Jersey$30,479 $39,479 27$12,149
Reed College$70,720 $70,720 0$0
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute$70,132 $70,132 35$16,511
Rhodes College$61,606 $61,606 68$24,963
Rice University$63,458 $63,458 12$23,037
Ripon College$52,341 $52,341 24$20,832
Roanoke College$59,202 $59,202 97$21,328
Rochester Institute of Technology$54,758 $54,758 41$11,792
Rockhurst University$52,291 $52,291 63$19,356
Rollins College$67,695 $67,695 41$20,948
Rutgers University$31,733 $47,384 21$12,865
Saint John's University (MN)$55,872 $55,872 91$17,609
Saint Joseph's University$60,788 $60,788 35$15,393
Saint Louis University$57,214 $57,214 39$17,750
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame$55,200 $55,200 91$15,766
Saint Michael's College$57,570 $57,570 54$17,100
Samford University$46,474 $46,474 58$10,896
San Diego State University$28,081 $28,081 32$3,800
San Francisco State University$26,622 $38,502 18$1,340
Santa Clara University$69,439 $69,439 42$11,456
Sarah Lawrence College$71,256 $71,256 26$14,964
Scripps College$71,060 $71,060 22$16,757
Seattle University$59,607 $59,607 49$15,357
Seton Hall University$59,062 $59,062 62$11,366
Sewanee: University of the South$60,950 $60,950 45$13,395
Siena College$54,455 $54,455 90$13,296
Simmons College$57,685 $57,685 29$19,216
Skidmore College$69,450 $69,450 3$12,000
Smith College$69,563 $69,563 6$15,484
Southern Methodist University$72,884 $72,884 64$23,315
Southwestern University$54,330 $54,330 99$22,126
Spelman College$51,892 $51,892 2$42,292
St. Edward's University$59,990 $59,990 58$17,959
St. John's College, Annapolis$64,933 $64,933 50$19,401
St. John's College, Santa Fe$65,436 $65,436 37$20,666
St. Lawrence University$68,296 $68,296 83$17,494
St. Mary's College of Maryland$29,678 $45,129 60$3,807
St. Olaf College$58,780 $58,780 40$15,496
Stanford University$69,584 $69,584 0$0
Stevens Institute of Technology$67,704 $67,704 71
Stonehill College$59,560 $59,560 48$17,439
SUNY Binghamton University$24,861 $39,941 7$6,126
SUNY Stony Brook$24,650 $41,890 22$5,727
SUNY University at Buffalo$26,548 $43,788 17$5,809
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry$26,103 $35,953 73$3,384
SUNY, Geneseo$24,440 $34,290 16$3,545
SUNY, Maritime College$24,882 $34,732 30$1,433
SUNY, New Paltz$22,260 $32,110 5$3,800
SUNY, Oneonta$23,732 $33,582 40$2,840
SUNY, Oswego$23,547 $33,397 70$2,237
SUNY, Purchase College$25,686 $35,536 20$2,465
SUNY, University at Albany$24,731 $39,811 9$4,275
Susquehanna University$59,780 $59,780 33$24,566
Swarthmore College$68,334 $68,334 0$0
Syracuse University$65,480 $65,480 19$11,540
Temple University$32,138 $42,444 59$8,655
Texas A&M University$27,208 $47,386 17$4,157
Texas Christian University$62,970 $62,970 57$17,976
Texas Tech University$25,775 $38,015 38$3,709
The College of New Jersey$33,531 $44,708 30$4,750
The College of Wooster$61,900 $61,900 50$25,680
Thomas Aquinas College$35,738 $35,738 0$0
Towson University$26,412 $38,858 38$4,948
Trinity College$71,470 $71,470 3$23,591
Trinity University$56,880 $56,880 68$20,388
Truman State University$21,286 $28,070 96$5,573
Tufts University$71,600 $71,600 4$500
Tulane University$70,764 $70,764 46$27,266
Union College$68,610 $68,610 45$13,069
University of Alabama$26,074 $43,394 57$14,821
University of Arizona$28,217 $28,217 34$7,703
University of California, Berkeley$34,972 $61,654 2$6,737
University of California, Davis$35,003 $61,685 6$3,472
University of California, Irvine$33,149 $59,831 2$7,501
University of California, Los Angeles$32,390 $59,072 4$4,240
University of California, Riverside$34,581 $61,263 3$7,088
University of California, San Diego$30,286 $56,968 3$10,814
University of California, Santa Barbara$31,552 $58,234 3$20,398
University of California, Santa Cruz$31,286 $57,968 12$4,343
University of Central Florida$22,044 $38,143 48$3,839
University of Chicago$75,526 $75,526 29$8,720
University of Cincinnati$28,002 $43,336 51$5,663
University of Colorado Boulder$30,180 $54,313 34$8,893
University of Connecticut, Storrs$31,044 $53,112 41$7,689
University of Dallas$50,816 $50,816 30$16,109
University of Dayton$58,680 $58,680 43$12,811
University of Delaware$27,198 $46,618 28$7,311
University of Denver$65,376 $65,376 46$19,861
University of Evansville$50,870 $50,870 53$22,868
University of Florida$21,251 $43,528 45$2,476
University of Georgia$25,314 $43,888 14$3,516
University of Hawaii at Manoa$29,316 $51,348 36$12,885
University of Houston$28,746 $43,986 16$5,924
University of Illinois at Chicago$27,034 $39,890 7$5,926
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign$31,216 $47,336 21$5,013
University of Iowa$22,171 $43,815 53$5,529
University of Kansas$26,041 $42,825 29$5,444
University of Kentucky$24,810 $39,646 73$7,789
University of Louisville$25,756 $40,778 29$7,751
University of Maine$24,247 $43,627 22$6,073
University of Mary Washington$27,134 $42,380 47$2,714
University of Maryland$26,093 $49,300 26$6,577
University of Maryland, Baltimore County$27,066 $41,202 32$10,180
University of Massachusetts Amherst$29,997 $47,230 20$6,130
University of Miami$66,274 $66,274 76$19,877
University of Michigan$28,776 $59,784 46$5,177
University of Minnesota$26,719 $36,383 18$5,031
University of Minnesota, Morris$23,827 $25,827 26$3,483
University of Mississippi$18,983 $34,247 43$8,036
University of Missouri, Columbia$22,618 $38,992 29$6,240
University of Missouri, Kansas City$27,005 $41,732 22$5,131
University of Montana$19,595 $37,049 66$4,114
University of Nebraska-Lincoln$24,188 $38,708 17$6,708
University of New Hampshire$32,200 $46,000 21$6,022
University of North Carolina at Asheville$19,708 $36,431 14$2,182
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$24,529 $50,112 5$10,376
University of North Carolina at Charlotte$22,151 $35,585 15$2,677
University of North Carolina at Greensboro$18,326 $33,485 66$4,499
University of North Carolina at Wilmington$21,937 $36,002 12$2,423
University of North Texas$24,447 $36,897 39$6,255
University of Notre Dame$69,395 $69,395 33$27,589
University of Oklahoma$27,308 $41,630 48$2,984
University of Oregon$26,443 $49,123 17$6,133
University of Pennsylvania$71,600 $71,600 0$0
University of Pittsburgh$33,960 $45,100 10$10,734
University of Portland$59,950 $59,950 96$18,662
University of Puget Sound$63,510 $63,510 54$16,832
University of Redlands$66,877 $66,877 $18,075
University of Rhode Island$28,149 $44,139 19$7,094
University of Richmond$64,890 $64,890 17$33,299
University of Rochester$70,108 $70,108 39$13,179
University of San Diego$65,426 $65,426 64$11,949
University of San Francisco$65,980 $65,980 100$14,636
University of Scranton$61,028 $61,028 29$14,536
University of South Carolina$26,663 $46,061 83$5,886
University of South Florida$21,410 $32,324 21$3,074
University of Southern California$72,277 $72,277 35$21,761
University of St. Thomas (MN)$55,933 $55,933 30$18,888
University of Tennessee$28,562 $46,752 15$5,989
University of Texas at Austin$25,178 $50,808 22$2,208
University of Texas at Dallas$28,360 $50,476 35$12,775
University of Tulsa$59,385 $59,385 88$23,514
University of Utah$22,834 $41,355 54$7,260
University of Vermont$31,960 $55,024 41$13,360
University of Virginia$32,141 $61,994 6$7,793
University of Washington$25,948 $49,986 9$6,000
University of Wisconsin$25,294 $47,544 12$4,365
Ursinus College$66,242 $66,242 38$23,169
Vanderbilt University$68,392 $68,392 9$21,873
Vassar College$71,000 $71,000 0$0
Villanova University$68,232 $68,232 17$14,527
Virginia Tech$25,466 $42,589 30$3,765
Wabash College$54,600 $54,600 38$21,990
Wake Forest University$70,558 $70,558 21$30,543
Warren Wilson College$49,744 $49,744 41$9,661
Washington & Jefferson College$60,646 $60,646 99$22,925
Washington and Lee University$65,770 $65,770 17$44,684
Washington State University$25,742 $40,374 53$3,921
Washington University$71,976 $71,976 12$12,824
Wellesley College$70,034 $70,034 0$0
Wentworth Institute of Technology$52,048 $52,048 100$4,716
Wesleyan University$69,905 $69,905 1$36,406
West Chester University of Pennsylvania$26,300 $37,158 18$3,737
Westmont College$60,930 $60,930 39$17,726
Wheaton College (IL)$47,696 $47,696 43$6,247
Wheaton College (MA)$65,818 $65,818 28$19,162
Whitman College$64,504 $64,504 43$11,561
Whittier College$62,189 $62,189 28$20,518
Williams College$70,650 $70,650 0$0
Wittenberg University$51,856 $51,856 17$21,589
Wofford College$57,788 $57,788 48$16,955
Worcester Polytechnic Institute$64,846 $64,846 50$13,832
Xavier University$52,380 $52,380 41$18,354
Yale University$73,290 $73,290 0$0
Yeshiva University$61,778 $61,778 $9,222
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