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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. 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. We also included the average Cost of Attendance (COA), a figure that includes tuition, fees, room & board, books & supplies, and personal expenses). For more information on how to position yourself to receive merit aid, visit our blog post on the subject.

InstitutionCOA In-StateCOA Out-of-state% Receiving
Merit Aid
Average Merit Award
Agnes Scott College$54,065$54,06540$26,447
Albion College$56,750$56,75098$24,351
Alfred University$47,836$47,83651$11,750
Allegheny College$61,120$61,12038$22,434
Alma College$49,410$49,41026$21,225
American University$66,000$66,00026$15,234
Amherst College$71,900$71,9000$0
Appalachian State University$18,922$33,4386$3,648
Arizona State University$26,263$42,36336$8,008
Auburn University$31,282$49,95433$7,397
Augustana College (IL)$53,422$53,42235$21,640
Austin College$52,394$52,39464$24,248
Babson College$68,582$68,58212$21,646
Bard College$72,362$72,3621$16,625
Barnard College$71,912$71,9120$0
Bates College$68,770$68,7700$0
Baylor University$60,304$60,30496$14,716
Belmont University$57,740$57,74035$7,515
Beloit College$59,842$59,84265$23,659
Bennington College$71,810$71,81043$11,328
Bentley University$66,180$66,18034$18,101
Berea College$35,394$35,3940$0
Berry College$50,632$50,63246$14,323
Birmingham Southern College$48,841$48,841100$21,955
Boston College$70,588$70,5883$21,093
Boston University$70,302$70,3028$23,169
Bowdoin College$68,070$68,0704$1,000
Bradley University$46,606$46,60624$11,598
Brandeis University$71,943$71,94316$14,805
Brigham Young University$18,370$18,37058$4,216
Brown University$71,050$71,0500$0
Bryant University$60,203$60,20379$16,358
Bryn Mawr College$68,860$68,86020$19,833
Bucknell University$71,125$71,12519$13,676
Butler University$57,055$57,05544$14,998
California Institute of Technology$68,901$68,9010$0
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo$27,060$38,94016$2,303
Calvin College$46,790$46,79038$10,575
Canisius College$52,172$52,17239$20,100
Carleton College$68,835$68,83511$1,906
Carnegie Mellon University$72,579$72,57914$12,312
Case Western Reserve University$65,384$65,38442$24,654
Catholic University$62,482$62,48229$18,182
Centre College$54,280$54,28038$21,908
Champlain College$58,034$58,03431$10,729
Chapman University$69,464$69,46468$17,318
Christopher Newport University$29,680$41,47635$3,369
Claremont McKenna College$71,745$71,74524$18,590
Clark University$55,010$55,01055$18,978
Clarkson University$66,106$66,10629$23,918
Clemson University$28,314$47,29662$6,926
Coe College$55,240$55,24027$25,905
Colby College$69,082$69,0820$0
Colgate University$71,360$71,3600$0
College of Charleston$28,890$47,04864$10,982
College of the Atlantic$54,969$54,96917$16,279
College of the Holy Cross$66,220$66,2203$30,908
College of the Ozarks$30,062$30,06227$14,492
College of William and Mary$37,386$58,44117$9,893
Colorado College$67,546$67,54620$10,950
Colorado School of Mines$33,648$52,69873$7,809
Colorado State University$25,336$42,63036$5,142
Columbia University$74,818$74,8180$0
Connecticut College$69,440$69,4400$0
Cooper Union$65,345$65,345100$22,170
Cornell College$54,933$54,93349$19,672
Cornell University$70,371$70,3710$0
Creighton University$53,452$53,45250$14,488
CUNY Baruch College$27,059$37,52984$5,100
CUNY, Brooklyn College$27,218$37,68824$1,211
CUNY, City College$32,544$43,01454$3,486
CUNY, Hunter College$26,610$37,08073$2,753
Dartmouth College$72,853$72,8530$0
Davidson College$66,678$66,67827$31,207
Denison University$64,320$64,32094$23,414
DePaul University$57,034$57,03486$13,940
DePauw University$62,667$62,66753$18,481
Dickinson College$69,971$69,97123$9,474
Drake University$54,020$54,02042$16,178
Drew University$66,586$66,58631$22,159
Drexel University$68,792$68,79238$14,619
Duke University$72,554$72,5547$13,689
Duquesne University$52,108$52,10898$13,158
Earlham College$58,700$58,70036$19,056
East Carolina University$21,287$33,69516$4,541
Eckerd College$59,200$59,20034$17,154
Elizabethtown College$58,490$58,49034$23,182
Elon University$50,000$50,00036$7,301
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University$53,542$53,54261$13,503
Emerson College$66,539$66,53919$15,280
Emory University$66,950$66,95020$23,424
Evergreen State College$20,839$37,3123$6,586
Fairfield University$64,325$64,32545$14,826
Florida Atlantic University$23,853$39,4099$4,023
Florida Gulf Coast University$18,891$38,93421$4,312
Florida Institute of Technology$58,920$58,92092$16,185
Florida International University$23,464$35,86244$1,771
Florida Southern College$49,900$49,90072$20,580
Florida State University$22,575$37,74148$3,355
Fordham University$72,239$72,23935$16,180
Franklin & Marshall College$70,730$70,7300$0
Furman University$63,706$63,70689$18,327
George Mason University$26,912$48,19428$5,700
George Washington University$70,433$70,43360$19,477
Georgetown College$50,086$50,08687$5,458
Georgetown University$72,214$72,2140$0
Georgia College and State University$26,466$45,18050$2,574
Georgia Institute of Technology$26,850$47,44635$8,532
Georgia State University$25,430$44,00474
Gettysburg College$67,710$67,71047$11,340
Gonzaga University$57,350$57,35049$14,749
Goucher College$58,310$58,31043$17,258
Grinnell College$65,814$65,81429$17,329
Gustavus Adolphus College$55,600$55,60033$23,279
Hamilton College$68,170$68,1700$0
Hampshire College$66,964$66,96431$8,854
Harvard University$70,510$70,5100$0
Harvey Mudd College$74,678$74,67829$10,533
Haverford College$71,674$71,6740$0
Hendrix College$58,120$58,12048$27,435
High Point University$51,105$51,01562$7,236
Hiram College$47,535$47,53566$9,657
Hobart and William Smith Colleges$69,160$69,16051$13,688
Hofstra University$61,460$61,46040$17,396
Hollins University$54,205$54,205100$29,647
Hood College$54,840$54,84036$20,903
Hope College$45,240$45,24079$8,714
Howard University$43,501$43,50161$27,031
Illinois Institute of Technology$62,486$62,48647$25,552
Illinois Wesleyan University$58,830$58,83042$21,219
Indiana University$25,171$49,48327$7,182
Ithaca College$61,339$61,33945$15,358
James Madison University$25,780$42,1446$6,094
Johns Hopkins University$71,023$71,0235$30,263
Juniata College$58,165$58,16536$23,221
Kalamazoo College$57,407$57,40751$20,728
Kenyon College$69,200$69,20023$14,585
Kettering University$58,344$58,34430$15,499
Knox College$56,554$56,55426$20,991
Lafayette College$66,890$66,89017$27,738
Lawrence University$58,908$58,90840$22,716
Lehigh University$66,925$66,92510$8,921
Lewis & Clark College$64,086$64,08639$16,420
Louisiana State University$28,934$45,61120$5,085
Loyola Marymount University$65,735$65,73541$10,832
Loyola University Chicago$60,408$60,40835$15,511
Loyola University Maryland$64,685$64,68538$17,165
Macalester College$66,868$66,86815$14,973
Marietta College$50,360$50,36080$19,903
Marist College$55,680$55,68086$9,264
Marlboro College$55,555$55,5559$13,000
Marquette University$55,002$55,00244$14,756
Massachusetts Institute of Technology$68,430$68,4300$0
McDaniel College$55,830$55,83035$23,009
Messiah College$47,930$47,93035$15,583
Miami University$29,532$46,83642$9,337
Michigan State University$27,241$51,06830$9,915
Middlebury College$70,464$70,4640$0
Millsaps College$55,280$55,28048$24,326
Milwaukee School of Engineering$51,731$51,73132$12,435
Mississippi State University$24,744$38,78436$3,872
Morehouse College$48,723$48,72311$20,037
Mount Holyoke College$63,900$63,90031$17,926
Muhlenberg College$65,330$65,33077$12,645
New College of Florida$20,395$43,42344$2,286
New Jersey Institute of Technology$36,050$50,65461$18,046
New York University$72,900$72,9005$4,476
North Carolina State University$22,328$40,67614$6,113
Northeastern University$68,537$68,53744$19,869
Northwestern University$72,980$72,9800$0
Oberlin College$71,930$71,93079$13,130
Occidental College$71,756$71,75630$11,808
Oglethorpe University$53,490$53,49032$17,939
Ohio State University$25,539$43,73138$7,166
Ohio University$26,656$36,12016$3,757
Oregon State University$26,620$45,10018$4,203
Penn State University$36,388$50,87030$4,185
Pepperdine University$70,862$70,86225$21,773
Pitzer College$70,500$70,5004$8,561
Pomona College$70,725$70,7250$0
Princeton University$66,950$66,9500$0
Principia College$43,350$43,35075$23,648
Providence College$65,120$65,12028$20,837
Purdue University$23,032$41,83435$4,966
Quinnipiac University$63,770$63,77078$17,609
Ramapo College of New Jersey$30,479$39,47927$12,149
Reed College$70,720$70,7200$0
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute$70,132$70,13235$16,511
Rhodes College$61,606$61,60668$24,963
Rice University$63,458$63,45812$23,037
Ripon College$52,341$52,34124$20,832
Roanoke College$59,202$59,20297$21,328
Rochester Institute of Technology$54,758$54,75841$11,792
Rockhurst University$52,291$52,29163$19,356
Rollins College$67,695$67,69541$20,948
Rutgers University$31,733$47,38421$12,865
Saint John's University (MN)$55,872$55,87291$17,609
Saint Joseph's University$60,788$60,78835$15,393
Saint Louis University$57,214$57,21439$17,750
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame$55,200$55,20091$15,766
Saint Michael's College$57,570$57,57054$17,100
Samford University$46,474$46,47458$10,896
San Diego State University$28,081$28,08132$3,800
San Francisco State University$26,622$38,50218$1,340
Santa Clara University$69,439$69,43942$11,456
Sarah Lawrence College$71,256$71,25626$14,964
Scripps College$71,060$71,06022$16,757
Seattle University$59,607$59,60749$15,357
Seton Hall University$59,062$59,06262$11,366
Sewanee: University of the South$60,950$60,95045$13,395
Siena College$54,455$54,45590$13,296
Simmons College$57,685$57,68529$19,216
Skidmore College$69,450$69,4503$12,000
Smith College$69,563$69,5636$15,484
Southern Methodist University$72,884$72,88464$23,315
Southwestern University$54,330$54,33099$22,126
Spelman College$51,892$51,8922$42,292
St. Edward's University$59,990$59,99058$17,959
St. John's College, Annapolis$64,933$64,93350$19,401
St. John's College, Santa Fe$65,436$65,43637$20,666
St. Lawrence University$68,296$68,29683$17,494
St. Mary's College of Maryland$29,678$45,12960$3,807
St. Olaf College$58,780$58,78040$15,496
Stanford University$69,584$69,5840$0
Stevens Institute of Technology$67,704$67,70471
Stonehill College$59,560$59,56048$17,439
SUNY Binghamton University$24,861$39,9417$6,126
SUNY Stony Brook$24,650$41,89022$5,727
SUNY University at Buffalo$26,548$43,78817$5,809
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry$26,103$35,95373$3,384
SUNY, Geneseo$24,440$34,29016$3,545
SUNY, Maritime College$24,882$34,73230$1,433
SUNY, New Paltz$22,260$32,1105$3,800
SUNY, Oneonta$23,732$33,58240$2,840
SUNY, Oswego$23,547$33,39770$2,237
SUNY, Purchase College$25,686$35,53620$2,465
SUNY, University at Albany$24,731$39,8119$4,275
Susquehanna University$59,780$59,78033$24,566
Swarthmore College$68,334$68,3340$0
Syracuse University$65,480$65,48019$11,540
Temple University$32,138$42,44459$8,655
Texas A&M University$27,208$47,38617$4,157
Texas Christian University$62,970$62,97057$17,976
Texas Tech University$25,775$38,01538$3,709
The College of New Jersey$33,531$44,70830$4,750
The College of Wooster$61,900$61,90050$25,680
Thomas Aquinas College$35,738$35,7380$0
Towson University$26,412$38,85838$4,948
Trinity College$71,470$71,4703$23,591
Trinity University$56,880$56,88068$20,388
Truman State University$21,286$28,07096$5,573
Tufts University$71,600$71,6004$500
Tulane University$70,764$70,76446$27,266
Union College$68,610$68,61045$13,069
University of Alabama$26,074$43,39457$14,821
University of Arizona$28,217$28,21734$7,703
University of California, Berkeley$34,972$61,6542$6,737
University of California, Davis$35,003$61,6856$3,472
University of California, Irvine$33,149$59,8312$7,501
University of California, Los Angeles$32,390$59,0724$4,240
University of California, Riverside$34,581$61,2633$7,088
University of California, San Diego$30,286$56,9683$10,814
University of California, Santa Barbara$31,552$58,2343$20,398
University of California, Santa Cruz$31,286$57,96812$4,343
University of Central Florida$22,044$38,14348$3,839
University of Chicago$75,526$75,52629$8,720
University of Cincinnati$28,002$43,33651$5,663
University of Colorado Boulder$30,180$54,31334$8,893
University of Connecticut, Storrs$31,044$53,11241$7,689
University of Dallas$50,816$50,81630$16,109
University of Dayton$58,680$58,68043$12,811
University of Delaware$27,198$46,61828$7,311
University of Denver$65,376$65,37646$19,861
University of Evansville$50,870$50,87053$22,868
University of Florida$21,251$43,52845$2,476
University of Georgia$25,314$43,88814$3,516
University of Hawaii at Manoa$29,316$51,34836$12,885
University of Houston$28,746$43,98616$5,924
University of Illinois at Chicago$27,034$39,8907$5,926
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign$31,216$47,33621$5,013
University of Iowa$22,171$43,81553$5,529
University of Kansas$26,041$42,82529$5,444
University of Kentucky$24,810$39,64673$7,789
University of Louisville$25,756$40,77829$7,751
University of Maine$24,247$43,62722$6,073
University of Mary Washington$27,134$42,38047$2,714
University of Maryland$26,093$49,30026$6,577
University of Maryland, Baltimore County$27,066$41,20232$10,180
University of Massachusetts Amherst$29,997$47,23020$6,130
University of Miami$66,274$66,27476$19,877
University of Michigan$28,776$59,78446$5,177
University of Minnesota$26,719$36,38318$5,031
University of Minnesota, Morris$23,827$25,82726$3,483
University of Mississippi$18,983$34,24743$8,036
University of Missouri, Columbia$22,618$38,99229$6,240
University of Missouri, Kansas City$27,005$41,73222$5,131
University of Montana$19,595$37,04966$4,114
University of Nebraska-Lincoln$24,188$38,70817$6,708
University of New Hampshire$32,200$46,00021$6,022
University of North Carolina at Asheville$19,708$36,43114$2,182
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$24,529$50,1125$10,376
University of North Carolina at Charlotte$22,151$35,58515$2,677
University of North Carolina at Greensboro$18,326$33,48566$4,499
University of North Carolina at Wilmington$21,937$36,00212$2,423
University of North Texas$24,447$36,89739$6,255
University of Notre Dame$69,395$69,39533$27,589
University of Oklahoma$27,308$41,63048$2,984
University of Oregon$26,443$49,12317$6,133
University of Pennsylvania$71,600$71,6000$0
University of Pittsburgh$33,960$45,10010$10,734
University of Portland$59,950$59,95096$18,662
University of Puget Sound$63,510$63,51054$16,832
University of Redlands$66,877$66,877$18,075
University of Rhode Island$28,149$44,13919$7,094
University of Richmond$64,890$64,89017$33,299
University of Rochester$70,108$70,10839$13,179
University of San Diego$65,426$65,42664$11,949
University of San Francisco$65,980$65,980100$14,636
University of Scranton$61,028$61,02829$14,536
University of South Carolina$26,663$46,06183$5,886
University of South Florida$21,410$32,32421$3,074
University of Southern California$72,277$72,27735$21,761
University of St. Thomas (MN)$55,933$55,93330$18,888
University of Tennessee$28,562$46,75215$5,989
University of Texas at Austin$25,178$50,80822$2,208
University of Texas at Dallas$28,360$50,47635$12,775
University of Tulsa$59,385$59,38588$23,514
University of Utah$22,834$41,35554$7,260
University of Vermont$31,960$55,02441$13,360
University of Virginia$32,141$61,9946$7,793
University of Washington$25,948$49,9869$6,000
University of Wisconsin$25,294$47,54412$4,365
Ursinus College$66,242$66,24238$23,169
Vanderbilt University$68,392$68,3929$21,873
Vassar College$71,000$71,0000$0
Villanova University$68,232$68,23217$14,527
Virginia Tech$25,466$42,58930$3,765
Wabash College$54,600$54,60038$21,990
Wake Forest University$70,558$70,55821$30,543
Warren Wilson College$49,744$49,74441$9,661
Washington & Jefferson College$60,646$60,64699$22,925
Washington and Lee University$65,770$65,77017$44,684
Washington State University$25,742$40,37453$3,921
Washington University$71,976$71,97612$12,824
Wellesley College$70,034$70,0340$0
Wentworth Institute of Technology$52,048$52,048100$4,716
Wesleyan University$69,905$69,9051$36,406
West Chester University of Pennsylvania$26,300$37,15818$3,737
Westmont College$60,930$60,93039$17,726
Wheaton College (IL)$47,696$47,69643$6,247
Wheaton College (MA)$65,818$65,81828$19,162
Whitman College$64,504$64,50443$11,561
Whittier College$62,189$62,18928$20,518
Williams College$70,650$70,6500$0
Wittenberg University$51,856$51,85617$21,589
Wofford College$57,788$57,78848$16,955
Worcester Polytechnic Institute$64,846$64,84650$13,832
Xavier University$52,380$52,38041$18,354
Yale University$73,290$73,2900$0
Yeshiva University$61,778$61,778$9,222
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