Colleges that meet 100% of need for all students

Not many colleges are able to offer financial aid packages that meet the full financial need of all of their students who are eligible for need-based aid. Most colleges meet the full need of some of their students, but leave gaps in financial aid for others. Here is a list of colleges that do meet full need for all, according to recent data.

Important note: Please keep in mind that many of the colleges on this list use their own institutional methodology to determine your need. As a result, your expected contribution can vary quite a bit from one college to another. Apply to a variety of colleges, and try not to become too attached to any one of them until you find out about scholarships and aid. Good luck!

  • Amherst College
  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Boston College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carleton College
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Georgetown University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Haverford College
  • Lafayette College
  • Macalester College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Reed College
  • Rice University
  • Scripps College
  • Smith College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Thomas Aquinas College (CA)
  • Trinity College (CT)
  • Tufts University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

Selected colleges with an average percentage of need met of at least 95%:


  • Bucknell University
  • Clark University
  • College of the Atlantic
  • College of Wooster
  • Colorado College
  • Denison University
  • Dickinson College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kenyon College
  • Wabash College

Selected colleges with an average percentage of need met of at least 90%::


  • Allegheny College
  • Babson College
  • Beloit College
  • Berea College
  • Cornell College (IA)
  • Earlham College
  • George Washington University
  • Hampshire College
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Knox College
  • Lehigh University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Purdue University
  • Rhodes College
  • Saint John's University (MN)
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Sewanee University of the South
  • Tulane University
  • University of Redlands
  • Wheaton College (MA)
  • Whitman College

Selected colleges with an average percentage of need met of at least 85%:


  • Agnes Scott College
  • Alfred University
  • Bard College
  • Boston University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Centre College
  • College of the Ozarks
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • DePauw University
  • Eckerd College
  • Hendrix College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Lawrence University
  • Ripon College
  • Southwestern University
  • Trinity University (TX)