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Colleges that Meet 100% Financial Need in 2019

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Many colleges are committed to remaining affordable to each admitted student regardless of their financial circumstances. A college or university that promises to make sure every penny of an accepted student’s demonstrated financial need is covered through grants, work-study, scholarships, and in some cases, federal student loans, is considered a 100% meet need college.

We’ve compiled a list of the colleges around the country who identify themselves as 100% meet need, and have indicated the specifics of their programs below. A major difference between colleges with 100% meet need programs is whether or not the college includes need-based federal student loans in a student’s financial aid package. The colleges that include student loans keep the amount a student is expected to borrow reasonably low. In these instances, check with the college’s office of financial aid for additional information. For policy transparency, the list is divided into the following categories: No Loans + Need-Blind, Case-by-Case Loans + Need-Blind, Case-by-Case Loans + Need Aware, & No Loans + Need-Aware.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these colleges or universities click on their name to view their College Greenlight profile.

Note: 100% meet need colleges pledge to meet a student’s full demonstrated need. Most students will still have an expected family contribution that they are responsible for and may need to borrow to pay for their share of college costs.

Colleges and universities are indexed alphabetically within their category.

 

No Loans & Need-Blind

Amherst College:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes

Description: Amherst College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind.

 

Bowdoin College

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Bowdoin College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind, except sometimes in the cases of international applicants, students applying to transfer, and applicants in the waitlist pool.

 

Brown University:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Brown University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, undocumented applicants, and applicants with DACA status.

 

Columbia University in the City of New York:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes

Description: Columbia University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind.

 

 

Davidson College:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Davidson College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for domestic applicants and permanent residents.

 

 

Denison University:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind:  Yes (domestic)

Description: Denison University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for domestic students.

 

 

Harvard College:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes

Description: Harvard University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind.

 

 

Johns Hopkins University:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Johns Hopkins University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, undocumented applicants, and applicants with DACA status.

 

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes

Description: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind.

 

 

Northwestern University:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Northwestern University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, undocumented applicants, and applicants with DACA status.

 

 

Pomona College:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Pomona College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, undocumented applicants, and applicants with DACA status.

 

 

Princeton University:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes

Description: Princeton University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind.

 

 

Stanford University:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Stanford University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind except in the cases of some international applicants.

 

 

Swarthmore College:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Swarthmore College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, undocumented applicants, and applicants with DACA status.

 

 

University of Chicago:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: The University of Chicago meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

 

 

University of Pennsylvania:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: The University of Pennsylvania meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

 

 

Vanderbilt University:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Vanderbilt University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted domestic student and a limited number of international students. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens.

 

 

Yale University:

Loan required to meet need: No

Need-blind: Yes

Description: Yale University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind.

 

Case-by-Case Loans and Need-Blind

Barnard College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Barnard College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

 

Boston College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Boston College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for need-based aid. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

 

 

California Institute of Technology (Caltech):

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: The California Institute of Technology meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind, except in the case of international applicants.

 

 

Claremont McKenna College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Claremont McKenna College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

 

 

Cornell University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Cornell University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. *Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award if their family income exceeds $60,000 and family assets exceed $100,000. Admissions are need-blind except in the cases of undocumented applicants without DACA status and international applicants.

 

 

Dartmouth College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Dartmouth College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. *Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award if their family income exceeds $100,000. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-residents, undocumented applicants, and applicants with DACA status.

 

 

Duke University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Duke University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA/undocumented student, and a limited number of international students. *Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award if their family income exceeds $40,000. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, undocumented applicants, and applicants with DACA status.

 

 

Emory University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Emory University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted domestic student, and a limited number of international students. *Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award if their family income exceeds $50,000. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, undocumented applicants, and applicants with DACA status.

 

 

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and a limited number of international students.  Students may be required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens.

 

 

Georgetown University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes

Description: Georgetown University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted U.S. citizen and eligible non-citizen, and a limited number of international students. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind.

 

 

Grinnell College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Grinnell College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S citizens and permanent residents.

 

 

Hamilton College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes*

Description: Hamilton College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. *Admissions are need-blind, except sometimes in the cases of international applicants, students applying for transfer, and applicants in the waitlist pool.

 

 

Harvey Mudd College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Harvey Mudd College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted U.S citizen or permanent resident, in addition to some international students. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S citizens and permanent residents.

 

 

Lehigh University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Lehigh University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and a limited number of international students. *Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award if their family income exceeds $75,000. Admissions are need-blind, excluding applicants in the waitlist pool.

 

 

Middlebury College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Middlebury College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind except in the cases of international applicants, transfer applicants, and applicants from the waitlist.

 

 

Rice University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Rice University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted U.S. citizen or permanent resident. *Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award if their family income exceeds $130,000. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, undocumented applicants, and applicants with DACA status.

 

 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes

Description: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind.

 

 

University of Notre Dame:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: The University of Notre Dame meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

 

 

University of Richmond:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: The University of Richmond meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for need-based aid. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

 

 

University of Southern California:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: The University of Southern California meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted domestic student. International students are not eligible for need-based aid. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind.

 

 

University of Virginia:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: The University of Virginia meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need-blind for domestic applicants.

 

 

Vassar College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Vassar College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. *Federal student loans are eliminated or reduced in the aid awards of students with family income below a certain level. Admission is need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents who apply during early or regular decision.

 

 

Wellesley College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: No

Description: Wellesley College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. *Federal student loans are eliminated or reduced in the aid awards of students with family income below a certain level. All loans will be replaced by grants in the aid packages of admitted international students. Admissions are need-blind for domestic applicants.

 

 

Williams College:

Loan required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Williams College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are need blind for domestic applicants, undocumented applicants, and those with DACA status.

 

Case-by-Case Loans and Need-Aware

Bates College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Bates College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. ‘Some NESAC colleges are completely need-blind, while others are need-aware’

 

 

Berea College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No (affirmative)

Description: Berea College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award to pay fees, but 100% of tuition is covered by aid. Admissions are not need-blind because only students who demonstrate need are admitted.

 

Boston University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Boston University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out low interest federal student loans as part of their financial aid award to pay fees, but 100% of tuition is covered by aid. Admission is not need-blind; both those who do and do not demonstrate need are admitted.

 

Bryn Athyn College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Bryn Athyn College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Remaining need that is not met by federal financial aid is covered by institutional grants. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Bryn Mawr College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Bryn Mawr College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Carleton College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No*

Description: Carleton College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. *Admissions are need-blind for domestic students until financial aid funds are exhausted, at which point only students without need are admitted.

 

 

Case Western Reserve University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Case Western Reserve University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Colgate University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Colgate University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted domestic student, and a limited number of international students. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

College of the Holy Cross:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: The College of the Holy Cross meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Colorado College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Colorado College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Dickinson College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Dickinson College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Franklin and Marshall College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Franklin and Marshall College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Haverford College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: Yes (domestic)

Description: Haverford College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. *Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award if their family income exceeds $60,000. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Kenyon College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Kenyon College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Lafayette College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Lafayette College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Macalester College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Macalester College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Mount Holyoke College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Mount Holyoke College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Northeastern University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Northeastern University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted U.S citizen, permanent resident, and eligible non-resident. International students are not eligible for need-based aid. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Oberlin College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Oberlin College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Occidental College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Occidental College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Pitzer College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Pitzer College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Reed College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Reed College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Scripps College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Scripps College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted domestic student and a limited number of international students. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Skidmore College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No*

Description: Skidmore College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. *Admissions are need-blind until financial aid funds are exhausted, at which point only students without need are admitted.

 

 

Smith College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: no

Description: Smith College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

St. Olaf College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: St. Olaf College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Trinity College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Trinity College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Tufts University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: No

Description: Tufts University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. *Students generally are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award if their family income is under $60,000. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Union College:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Union College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

University of Rochester:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: The University of Rochester meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Wake Forest University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case

Need-blind: No

Description: Wake Forest University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted domestic student. International students are not eligible for need-based aid. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Washington University in Saint Louis:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: No

Description: Washington University in St. Louis meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award if their family income exceeds $75,000. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

 

Wesleyan University:

Loans required to meet need: Case-by-case*

Need-blind: No

Description: Wesleyan University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. *Students may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award if their family income exceeds $60,000. Admissions are not need-blind.

 

No Loans and Need-Aware

Colby College:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: No

Description: Colby College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. ‘Some NESAC colleges are completely need-blind, while others are need-aware’

 

 

Washington and Lee University:

Loans required to meet need: No

Need-blind: No*

Description: Washington and Lee University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid award. *A need-blind admissions initiative is included in the University’s newest strategic plan, adopted May 2018.

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