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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 360 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 2018-19 Common Data Set, the most recent year for which such data is made available.

Table Updated August 2019

InstitutionCost of Attendance In-StateCost of Attendance Out-of-State% Receiving Merit AidAverage Merit Award
Agnes Scott College$57,505$57,50536.7%$29,405
Albion College$61,720$61,72098.8%$32,013
Alfred University$52,058$52,05850.0%$13,739
Allegheny College$63,900$63,90033.4%$29,497
American University$64,769$64,76924.8%$13,347
Amherst College$73,966$73,9660.0%$0
Appalachian State University$18,018$32,6795.9%$6,033
Arizona State University$26,672$44,18643.4%$9,299
Auburn University$28,632$47,88029.1%$7,062
Austin College$56,007$56,00740.9%$25,553
Babson College$72,378$72,378
Bard College$73,912$73,9121.4%$33,601
Barnard College$78,044$78,0440.0%$0
Bates College$73,238$73,2380.0%$0
Baylor University$64,400$64,40091.6%$17,731
Belmont University$48,170$48,17038.9%$8,223
Beloit College$61,584$61,58467.3%$34,507
Bennington College$76,525$76,525
Bentley University$71,320$71,320
Birmingham Southern College$33,170$33,17091.2%$6,618
Boston College$75,586$75,586
Boston University$71,988$71,98816.0%$23,779
Bowdoin College$73,800$73,80052.0%$1,000
Bradley University$47,570$47,57030.0%$12,612
Brandeis University$76,141$76,14121.4%$12,912
Brigham Young University$16,780$22,57056.9%$4,341
Brown University$77,490$77,4900.2%$1,000
Bryant University$63,911$63,911
Bryn Mawr College$73,540$73,54027.1%$15,759
Bucknell University$75,400$75,40019.4%$18,017
Butler University$61,000$61,00050.8%$18,181
CUNY, Baruch College$28,740$40,4106.5%$2,452
CUNY, Brooklyn College$28,797$40,467
CUNY, City College$7,205$18,475
CUNY, Hunter College$26,804$38,474
California Institute of Technology$74,763$74,7630.4%$5,000
California Poly, San Luis Obispo$27,05626.0%$1,561
Calvin College$47,700$47,70043.4%$15,382
Canisius College$41,488$41,48842.1%$11,822
Carleton College$73,500$73,5007.9%$4,174
Carnegie Mellon University$74,116$74,11612.2%$15,308
Case Western Reserve University$69,068$69,06860.3%$24,454
Catholic University$65,914$65,91431.9%$22,057
Centre College$54,760$54,76035.1%$26,378
Chapman University$76,412$76,41255.9%$18,542
Christopher Newport University$30,520$42,98640.0%$3,382
Claremont McKenna College$73,775$73,77525.3%$13,355
Clark University$56,650$56,65050.9%$17,008
Clemson University$29,082$50,43677.8%$5,979
Colby College$73,600$73,6002.6%$0
Colgate University$74,700$74,9700.0%$0
College of Charleston$28,020$48,35066.8%$12,419
College of William and Mary$38,343$61,70419.0%$13,080
College of the Atlantic$54,444$54,44420.7%$15,877
College of the Holy Cross$71,710$71,71015.8%$15,200
Colorado College$73,600$73,60011.6%$8,036
Colorado School of Mines$34,853$54,47379.5%$8,875
Colorado State University$26,355$44,25638.5%$5,899
Columbia University$80,394$80,394
Connecticut College$74,190$74,19042.2%$6,494
Cooper Union$63,092$63,09286.1%$24,241
Cornell College$56,592$56,59241.2%$24,820
Cornell University$75,243$75,2430.0%$0
Creighton University$55,874$55,87455.3%$18,644
Dartmouth College$76,718$76,7180.0%$0
Davidson College$70,177$70,17722.9%$19,973
DePaul University$57,114$57,11429.8%$16,127
DePauw University$66,546$66,54646.8%$24,786
Denison University$68,280$68,28057.0%$17,390
Dickinson College$73,454$73,45418.4%$12,685
Drake University$56,778$56,77841.5%$20,868
Drew University$58,514$58,51428.6%$18,859
Drexel University$71,657$71,65735.2%$15,641
Duke University$76,929$76,92911.1%$56,954
Duquesne University$55,480$55,48099.5%$16,974
Earlham College$58,900$58,90026.5%$25,415
East Carolina University$20,316$36,59314.9%$3,887
Eckerd College$60,594$60,59432.1%$17,455
Elon University$49,949$49,94942.7%$6,895
Emerson College$71,682$71,682
Emory University$71,588$71,58822.3%$29,911
Evergreen State College$22,430$40,9403.1%$1,813
Fairfield University$65,140$65,14092.4%$17,099
Florida Atlantic University$24,447$40,00317.3%$3,648
Florida Institute of Technology$58,650$58,65088.1%$15,540
Florida International University$21,352$33,75074.3%$2,655
Florida State University$22,125$37,29251.7%$6,078
Fordham University$75,467$75,46739.1%$20,499
Franklin & Marshall College$73,270$73,27013.4%$5,000
Furman University$65,588$65,58849.8%$18,616
George Mason University$27,452$50,91236.2%$6,312
George Washington University$74,160$74,16060.1%$22,777
Georgetown College$52,840$52,84020.6%$19,000
Georgetown University$77,768$77,76815.5%$0
Georgia College$27,340$46,52050.6%$2,365
Georgia Institute of Technology$31,080$51,67662.6%$12,777
Georgia State University$30,449$49,48772.0%$0
Gettysburg College$70,850$70,85065.4%$18,024
Gonzaga University$60,604$60,60487.7%$15,349
Goucher College$61,130$61,13037.0%$22,146
Grinnell College$67,646$67,64625.3%$18,811
Gustavus Adolphus College$58,340$58,34050.8%$27,506
Hamilton College$69,990$69,9900.0%$0
Hampshire College$67,514$67,51436.5%$12,753
Harvard University$73,800$73,8000.2%$7,000
Harvey Mudd College$76,953$76,95343.6%$14,678
Haverford College$76,414$76,41412.0%$0
High Point University$53,470$53,470
Hobart and William Smith Colleges$73,500$73,50038.9%$19,139
Hofstra University$63,458$63,45837.6%$20,251
Hollins University$55,290$55,290100.0%$35,233
Hood College$56,808$56,80826.4%$20,251
Hope College$48,330$48,33087.3%$10,490
Howard University$42,880$42,88063.0%$31,605
Illinois Institute of Technology$66,830$66,83038.6%$26,980
Illinois Wesleyan University$63,298$63,29834.3%$26,445
Indiana University$24,176$48,95136.0%$7,592
Ithaca College$64,377$64,37748.6%$16,209
James Madison University$24,404$41,1184.9%$7,114
Johns Hopkins University$74,528$74,528
Juniata College$61,875$61,87534.4%$25,077
Kalamazoo College$62,823$62,82341.7%$28,109
Kenyon College$71,150$71,15041.6%$13,317
Kettering University$55,080$55,08047.4%$17,389
Knox College$60,136$60,13635.9%$26,951
Lafayette College$73,166$73,16610.9%$29,253
Lake Forest College$61,800$61,80089.3%$23,000
Lawrence University$61,716$61,71633.1%$26,419
Lehigh University$71,465$71,4658.9%$11,097
Lewis & Clark College$65,536$65,53647.3%$22,324
Louisiana State University$27,453$44,12922.0%$5,000
Loyola Marymount University$70,717$70,71747.8%$10,705
Loyola University Chicago$63,148$63,14840.6%$19,101
Loyola University Maryland$68,650$68,65074.5%$18,390
Macalester College$71,053$71,05320.1%$15,361
Marist College$60,620$60,62040.8%$11,813
Marlboro College$43,280$43,28024.2%$22,874
Marquette University$59,952$59,95240.1%$15,014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology$73,160$73,1602.2%$0
Messiah College$49,470$49,47033.7%$15,580
Miami University$31,935$51,01040.6%$10,148
Michigan State University$28,408$53,71330.3%$7,908
Middlebury College$74,248$74,2480.3%$10,000
Milwaukee School of Engineering$56,479$56,47926.5%$15,642
Mississippi State University$22,729$37,32937.0%$3,800
Morehouse College$45,502$45,502
Mount Holyoke College$69,478$69,47826.3%$20,388
Muhlenberg College$69,415$69,41538.7%$16,101
New College of Florida$19,550$42,57853.1%$2,399
New Jersey Institute of Technology$36,638$52,05068.9%$14,552
New York University$75,502$75,5025.5%$5,040
North Carolina State University$22,877$42,22011.2%$5,811
Northeastern University$72,336$72,33651.4%$19,488
Northwestern University$77,549$77,5494.2%$4,964
Oberlin College$72,628$72,62880.6%$18,961
Occidental College$73,102$73,10246.5%$12,332
Oglethorpe University$56,710$56,71027.1%$24,248
Ohio State University$27,407$48,38430.8%$6,800
Ohio University$26,244$35,70811.3%$4,707
Oregon State University$28,477$48,082
Penn State University$35,086$51,49032.8%$5,444
Pepperdine University$74,312$74,31224.5%$15,207
Pitzer College$75,850$75,8504.4%$5,749
Pomona College$74,480$74,4800.0%$0
Princeton University$70,200$70,2000.0%$0
Providence College$69,730$69,73014.5%$23,935
Purdue University$22,812$41,61428.1%$5,333
Quinnipiac University$66,880$66,88092.7%$17,549
Ramapo College of New Jersey$30,985$40,32628.9%$12,734
Reed College$75,010$75,0100.0%$0
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute$73,816$73,81636.2%$21,836
Rhodes College$61,908$61,90866.5%$26,103
Rice University$67,102$67,10211.4%$21,740
Rochester Institute of Technology$61,180$61,180
Rollins College$69,230$69,23043.7%$23,535
Rutgers University$32,443$48,75120.1%$11,734
SUNY, Binghamton University$26,612$43,45211.6%$6,629
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry$25,059$34,83945.0%$3,716
SUNY, Geneseo$24,945$34,85522.8%$3,750
SUNY, New Paltz$25,130$35,04021.0%$1,875
SUNY, Oswego$24,580$34,16030.4%$2,550
SUNY, Purchase College$25,812$35,59220.5%$2,816
SUNY, Stony Brook University$25,591$43,26122.1%$5,736
SUNY, University at Albany$25,420$42,2609.5%$3,853
SUNY, University at Buffalo$27,030$44,70027.9%$3,869
Saint Louis University$61,456$61,456
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame$59,120$59,12044.4%$18,177
Saint Michael's College$61,864$61,86437.5%$21,137
Samford University$47,584$47,58455.0%$11,643
San Diego State University$28,935$40,81525.2%$3,500
San Francisco State University$25,326$37,20618.9%$1,619
Santa Clara University$73,965$73,96540.9%$15,875
Sarah Lawrence College$74,740$74,740
Scripps College$73,756$73,75614.7%$22,131
Seattle University$62,721$62,72170.9%$17,113
Seton Hall University$62,782$62,782
Sewanee: University of the South$62,290$62,29060.0%$19,708
Siena College$56,460$56,46093.6%$13,880
Skidmore College$71,480$71,4802.8%$15,000
Smith College$74,618$74,6188.5%$14,564
Southern Methodist University$75,710$75,71073.4%$27,685
Southwestern University$58,190$58,19099.8%$24,155
Spelman College$51,310$51,310
St. Lawrence University$72,644$72,64479.5%$17,642
St. Mary's College of Maryland$29,868$45,63028.4%$3,315
St. Olaf College$62,380$62,380
Stanford University$74,570$74,5701.4%$0
Stevens Institute of Technology$72,034$72,034
Stonehill College$60,571$60,57155.8%$19,657
Susquehanna University$64,490$64,49029.7%$26,885
Swarthmore College$73,524$73,5241.2%$43,252
Syracuse University$72,371$72,371
Temple University$34,652$49,03060.2%$5,953
Texas A&M University$26,144$51,81218.3%$4,667
Texas Christian University$67,114$67,11463.6%$19,179
Texas Tech University$24,412$36,86244.9%$4,886
The College of New Jersey$34,847$46,82538.2%$5,648
The College of Wooster$63,100$63,10056.2%$27,518
Towson University$25,554$38,82232.9%$4,659
Trinity College$76,450$76,4502.8%$58,374
Trinity University$60,780$60,78067.4%$22,102
Truman State University$20,857$28,05198.2%$6,059
Tufts University$76,200$76,2002.3%$500
Tulane University$74,884$74,88455.2%$23,983
Union College$73,410$73,41032.2%$14,500
United States Air Force Academy$0$0
United States Coast Guard Academy$1,056$1,056
United States Merchant Marine Academy$4,050$4,050
United States Military Academy$0$0
United States Naval Academy$0$0
University of Alabama$24,472$42,92258.8%$16,240
University of Arizona$27,001$48,22239.7%$9,265
University of California, Berkeley$36,020$65,0128.3%$5,979
University of California, Davis$35,265$64,2575.4%$6,485
University of California, Irvine$11,442$40,4343.0%$7,771
University of California, Los Angeles$34,390$63,3824.4%$5,763
University of California, Riverside$36,303$65,2954.6%$11,914
University of California, San Diego$33,075$62,0673.5%$13,933
University of California, Santa Barbara$36,046$65,0381.9%$8,873
University of California, Santa Cruz$36,499$65,49113.6%$6,492
University of Central Florida$20,289$36,38853.4%$3,856
University of Chicago$81,531$81,531
University of Cincinnati$26,978$42,31221.3%$5,328
University of Colorado Boulder$30,108$54,86237.9%$8,835
University of Connecticut, Storrs$33,134$55,80236.1%$10,604
University of Dallas$57,780$57,78030.8%$18,515
University of Dayton$60,900$60,90036.9%$18,655
University of Delaware$31,342$51,97227.3%$7,825
University of Denver$68,596$68,59650.1%$22,122
University of Florida$20,101$42,37850.4%$2,233
University of Georgia$26,186$45,22613.8%$3,799
University of Hawaii at Manoa$28,855$50,88743.5%$12,223
University of Houston$23,998$39,44811.1%$5,141
University of Illinois at Chicago$28,400$41,6165.2%$5,993
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign$31,082$48,22419.6%$5,202
University of Iowa$23,593$45,55944.4%$5,528
University of Kansas$23,762$39,97241.2%$1,385
University of Kentucky$29,528$47,84882.8%$8,310
University of Louisville$21,914$37,53628.3%$8,129
University of Maine$25,088$44,88840.3%$7,341
University of Mary Washington$25,910$42,40282.2%$3,381
University of Maryland$25,388$50,00936.4%$4,584
University of Maryland, Baltimore County$26,814$42,44852.1%$5,766
University of Massachusetts Amherst$32,472$51,79333.5%$5,839
University of Miami$69,748$69,74851.8%$22,653
University of Michigan$30,298$64,38640.6%$4,478
University of Minnesota$28,591$46,88918.8%$5,058
University of Minnesota, Morris$24,360$26,41423.9%$3,484
University of Mississippi$23,162$39,43438.3%$10,808
University of Missouri, Columbia$24,723$42,59431.4%$7,546
University of Missouri, Kansas City$25,290$41,17524.1%$4,511
University of Montana$21,191$40,05567.7%$6,117
University of Nebraska-Lincoln$25,624$42,06419.5%$7,706
University of New Hampshire$34,022$50,55220.2%$6,013
University of North Carolina at Asheville$19,175$35,89817.2%$2,101
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$23,476$50,6555.7%$10,812
University of North Carolina at Charlotte$20,966$34,4006.8%$8,072
University of North Carolina at Greensboro$19,238$34,39862.2%$4,571
University of North Carolina at Wilmington$23,207$37,27222.6%$2,495
University of North Texas$23,785$36,44549.2%$5,866
University of Notre Dame$73,443$73,44317.0%$21,626
University of Oklahoma$27,503$42,88445.6%$2,719
University of Oregon$28,041$51,62127.2%$4,690
University of Pennsylvania$77,264$77,2640.0%$0
University of Pittsburgh$34,454$48,45412.6%$10,247
University of Portland$64,198$64,19895.9%$19,661
University of Puget Sound$67,646$67,64644.4%$19,290
University of Redlands$71,488$71,488
University of Rhode Island$29,838$46,56222.4%$6,811
University of Richmond$69,750$69,75018.8%$30,325
University of Rochester$74,968$74,968
University of San Diego$70,135$70,13556.3%$19,484
University of San Francisco$69,892$69,89232.2%$19,989
University of Scranton$63,572$63,57279.4%$17,180
University of South Carolina$26,666$47,34882.9%$6,444
University of South Florida$21,720$32,63420.5%$3,470
University of Southern California$74,722$74,72252.8%$20,066
University of St. Thomas (MN)$59,393$59,393
University of Tennessee$30,346$48,53619.8%$6,879
University of Texas at Austin$25,016$51,98657.8%$2,345
University of Texas at Dallas$27,806$51,64826.7%$13,716
University of Tulsa$59,013$59,013
University of Utah$23,420$44,05463.4%$7,912
University of Vermont$34,990$59,87842.3%$15,060
University of Virginia$33,083$63,7805.2%$3,815
University of Washington$27,638$53,01910.3%$4,043
University of Wisconsin$25,789$52,84910.3%$5,039
Ursinus College$69,302$69,302
Vanderbilt University$71,110$71,11013.4%$19,977
Vassar College$65,240$75,2400.1%$0
Villanova University$69,878$69,8788.3%$19,828
Virginia Tech$25,933$44,473
Wabash College$58,020$58,02032.5%$27,193
Wake Forest University$75,180$75,18092.1%$28,107
Washington & Jefferson College$63,882$63,88220.5%$29,014
Washington State University$26,557$41,13568.1%$4,689
Washington University$75,564$75,56413.8%$10,585
Washington and Lee University$70,500$70,50022.6%$45,742
Wellesley College$75,198$75,1984.6%$0
Wentworth Institute of Technology$52,390$52,39049.9%$11,405
Wesleyan University$75,693$75,6932.6%$35,118
West Chester University of Pennsylvania$22,377$33,95121.6%$4,894
Westmont College$64,240$64,24041.3%$23,845
Wheaton College (IL)$50,530$50,53042.3%$9,872
Wheaton College (MA)$70,364$70,36432.5%$25,373
Whitman College$69,532$69,53260.6%$13,429
Whittier College$65,253$65,25327.9%$25,479
Williams College$74,870$74,8700.0%$0
Wittenberg University$53,444$53,44414.7%$22,445
Wofford College$61,415$61,415
Worcester Polytechnic Institute$70,012$70,01252.4%$16,235
Xavier University$55,760$55,76042.1%$17,389
Yale University$75,860$75,8600.0%$0
Yeshiva University$64,050$64,05042.9%$19,475
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