These Colleges Should Offer The Best Financial Aid Packages for 2018-2019

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If your clients are looking to cut their cost of college next year, your best bet is to help them find a college that will offer an excellent financial aid package to the student. A great way to do this is to look at the percentage of financial need the college typically meets for its students. To make this search easy for you, we've done some extensive research on colleges that offer the best financial award packages for a student with financial need.

Below is a list of the top colleges for grants and scholarships based on financial need. The sticker price on many of these colleges were over $60,000 for the 2017-2018 school year, but if your client has “financial need” (Total Cost - Expected Family Contribution>$0), these top colleges should meet 90% to 100% of that need, mostly in grants and scholarships.

Financial Need Met (2017-2018)

Need-Met% and Institution

100% Amherst College (MA)
100% Barnard College (NY)
100% Bates College (ME)
100% Boston College (MA)
100% Bowdoin College (ME
100% Brown University (RI)
100% Bryn Mawr College (PA)
100% California Institute of Technology
100% Carleton College (MN)
100% Claremont McKenna College (CA)
100% Colby College (ME)
100% Colgate University (NY)
100% College of the Holy Cross (MA)
100% Colorado College (CO)
100% Columbia University (NY)
100% Connecticut College (CT)
100% Cornell University (NY)
100% Dartmouth College (NH)
100% Davidson College (NC)
100% Duke University (NC)
100% Emory University (GA)
100% Franklin and Marshall College (PA)
100% Georgetown University (DC)
100% Grinnell College (IA)
100% Hamilton College (NY)
100% Harvard University (MA)
100% Harvey Mudd College (CA)
100% Haverford College (PA)
100% Johns Hopkins University (MD)
100% Kenyon College (OH)
100% Lafayette College (PA)
100% Macalester College (MN)
100% Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
100% Middlebury College (VT)
100% Mount Holyoke College (MA)
100% Northwestern University (IL)
100% Oberlin College (OH)
100% Occidental College (CA)
100% Pitzer College (CA)
100% Pomona College (CA)
100% Princeton University (NJ)
100% Reed College (OR)
100% Rice University (TX)
100% Scripps College (CA)
100% Smith College (MA)
100% St. Olaf College (MN)
100% Stanford University (CA)
100% Swarthmore College (PA)
100% Thomas Aquinas College (CA)
100% Trinity College (CT)
100% Tufts University (MA)
100% Union College (NY)
100% University of Chicago (IL)
100% University of Notre Dame (IN)
100% University of Pennsylvania (PA)
100% University of Richmond (VA)
100% University of Southern California (CA)
100% University of Virginia (VA)
100% Vanderbilt University (TN)
100% Vassar College (NY)
100% Wake Forest University (NC)
100% Washington and Lee University (VA)
100% Washington University, St. Louis, (MO)
100% Wellesley College (MA)
100% Wesleyan University (CT)
100% Williams College (MA)
100% Yale University (CT)
99% Dickinson College (PA)
99% Saint Olaf College (MN)
98% Babson College (MA)
98% Trinity University (TX)
97% Lawrence University (WI)
97% University of Rochester (NY)
96% Syracuse University (NY)
96% Tulane University (LA)
96% Whitman College (WA)
95% Austin College (TX)
95% Beloit College (WI)
95% Brandeis University (MA)
95% College of Wooster (OH)
95% Lehigh University (PA)
94% Bentley University (MA)
94% Kalamazoo College (MI)
93% Boston University (MA)
93% Clark University (MA)
93% Rhodes College (TN)
93% Saint John’s College (NM)
93% Wabash College (IN)
92% Anna Maria College (MA)
92% College of Wooster (OH)
92% Indiana University - South Bend (IN)
92% Indiana University - Kokomo (IN)
92% Southwestern Oklahoma State University (OK)
92% University of Massachusetts (MA)
92% Washington State University (WA)
91% Virginia Military Institute (VA)
91% Nova Southeastern University (FL)
91% Oral Roberts University (OK)
91% Principia College (IL)
91% Stonehill College (MA)
90% Ashland University (OH)
90% Curtis Institute of Music (PA)
90% Lindenwood University (MO)
90% Millikin University (IL)
90% New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM)
90% SUNY - College of Environmental Science (NY)
90% The George Washington University (DC)
90% University of Michigan (MI)