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Top schools that meet full financial need?

Hey there! I'm beginning to look at colleges and financial aid is a huge factor for me. Which schools are known for accepting students with full financial need and providing adequate assistance? Thanks in advance!

7 months ago

Hello! It's fantastic that you're considering financial aid as a crucial part of your college search. Many top schools have strong financial aid programs, but here's a list of some institutions that are especially well-known for meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for their students:

1. Harvard University

2. Yale University

3. Princeton University

4. Stanford University

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

6. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

7. University of Pennsylvania

8. Columbia University

9. Dartmouth College

10. Brown University

11. Duke University

12. University of Chicago

13. Northwestern University

14. Vanderbilt University

15. Rice University

16. Washington University in St. Louis

17. University of Notre Dame

18. Johns Hopkins University

19. Cornell University

These schools and many others often have need-based financial aid policies, which aim to make college more affordable for students from all income backgrounds. This means that they take your family's financial situation into account when determining your aid package. Keep in mind that the term "full financial need" will vary from student to student, as it's based on your unique financial circumstances.

Additionally, some top colleges offer no-loan financial aid packages, where grants and scholarships replace loans in your aid package. These schools include Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and several others.

As you continue your search, I recommend using the Net Price Calculator on each college's website to estimate your expected family contribution (EFC) and the amount of financial aid you might receive. This will give you a better idea of the overall cost for each school on your list.

Remember, it's essential to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, if required, the CSS Profile to be considered for financial aid. The sooner you start gathering information, the better prepared you'll be when it comes time to apply. Good luck on your college journey!

7 months ago

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