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100 Percent Meet Need Colleges

8 Comments 30 August 2017

Meet Need Schools

One of the biggest concerns students and their families have about college is affordability. Rising costs at the nation’s public and private colleges keep qualified students from considering the best options.

Fortunately, 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.

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

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Amherst College

Amherst College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Barnard College

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 awards.

Bates College

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 awards.

Berea College 

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 awards.

Boston College

Boston 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 awards.

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Brown University

Brown University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with a combined family income profile under $100,000 are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr 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 awards.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

California Institute of Technology meets the demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Carleton College

Carleton College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University meets the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Colby College

Colby College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Colgate University

Colgate 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 awards.

College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Colorado College

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 awards.

Columbia University

Columbia University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Connecticut College

Connecticut College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards if their family income is less than $50,000.

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Cornell University

Cornell University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family income and assets over $75,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family income over $100,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Davidson College

Davidson College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Duke University

Duke 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 awards if their family income exceeds $60,000.

Emory University

Emory 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 awards. See the Emory Advantage.

Franklin & Marshall College

Franklin & Marshall meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Franklin W. Olin College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Georgetown University

Georgetown 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 awards.

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg 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 awards.

Grinnell College

Grinnell College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Hamilton College

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 awards.

Harvard University

Harvard University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd 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 awards.

Haverford College

Haverford College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Kenyon College

Kenyon College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Lafayette College

Lafayette College is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.  Families who have total income of more than $50,000 may require borrowing up to $4,500 per year to meet need.

Lehigh University

Lehigh University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student.  Students may be required to take out federal student loans, but they have capped the amount to $5,000 per year.

Macalester College

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 awards.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $75,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Middlebury College

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 awards.

Mount Holyoke College

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 awards.

Northeastern University

Northeastern 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 awards.

Northwestern University

Northwestern University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students who are eligible for Pell Grants are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Oberlin College

Oberlin College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Occidental College

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 awards.

Pitzer College

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 awards.

Pomona College

Pomona College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Princeton University

Princeton University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Reed College

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 awards.

Rice University

Rice University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $80,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Salem College

Salem 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 awards.

Scripps College

Scripps 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 awards.

Skidmore College

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 awards.

Smith College

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 awards.

Soka University of America

Soka University of America 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 awards.

St. Olaf College

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 awards.

Stanford University

Stanford University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute  meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students may be required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Thomas Aquinas College

Thomas Aquinas 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 awards.

Trinity College

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 awards.

Tufts University

Tufts University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Union College

Union College (Schenectady, NY) 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 awards.

University of Chicago

University of Chicago meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $75,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

UNC – Chapel Hill meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Low-income students are not required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

University of Notre Dame

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 awards.

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

University of Richmond

University of Richmond 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 awards.

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester meets the full calculated institutional financial need of admitted students through a combination of scholarships, grants, need-based loans, and work-study.

University of Southern California (USC)

The University of Southern California 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 awards.

University of Virginia

University of Virginia meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students whose family income is over 200% of the poverty line and whose assets exceed $75,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Vassar College

Vassar College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $60,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $60,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Wellesley College

Wellesley College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $60,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $40,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Williams College

Williams College meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students with family incomes over $75,000 may be required to take out federal student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

Yale University

Yale University meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student. Students are not required to take out student loans as part of their financial aid awards.

 

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Your Comments

8 Comments so far

  1. Anonymous says:

    Are you sure about the schools on the list? Could you direct me to the page on Washington University in St Louis’ page that indicates this? I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

  2. EM says:

    What is the difference between a school listed that “meets full need” versus a school that “meets need?”

  3. Megan says:

    Is there any way that you can incorporate their policy for undocumented/DACA students? I.e. not eligible for federal aid.

  4. Kevin says:

    Although this is a great idea in theory, what is the impact of the fact that the university itself is the determiner of what your family’s ability to pay is? In other words, they can say that their opinion is that your family has the ability to pay the full tuition and that you have no demonstrated need and you will have no recourse but to accept their determination.

  5. Bonnie says:

    It should be noted that some schools (like Kenyon) are not need blind. It is great to meet all demonstrated need but only if the process isn’t leaning more towards the students without demonstrated need, which was our experience at Kenyon.


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