Where Students Are Happy With Their Financial Aid

To many incoming college students, campus fit is worth thinking about. If you care about how living in a beautiful place, you might avoid schools known for having ugly campuses. If school spirit is your thing, you might be happier at schools where students crowd into the stadium for the big game.

But when it comes to actually picking a school, tuition and your financial aid package are among the most important factors.

According to Money Magazine, more than 140 U.S. colleges claim that they meet at least 90% of  “demonstrated financial need” for undergraduates. But since each school defines “demonstrated financial need” for themselves, some schools might be stingier than others.

Once a year, The Princeton Review ranks colleges on how satisfied students are with their financial aid packages. Surveys are sent to almost 400 schools, and the rankings are created based on student responses. Below, Poets&Quants has compiled the three most recent lists of colleges with great financial aid.

Ranking The Colleges With ‘Great Financial Aid’ From 2015 to 2017

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2017 Rank & School2017 Rank2016 Rank2015 Rank
Vassar College136
Princeton University213
Bowdoin College3NRNR
Vanderbilt University41220
Pomona College541
Claremont McKenna College658
Colgate University717NR
St. Olaf College8NRNR
Pitzer College9NRNR
Stanford University10715
Macalester College11NRNR
Columbia University12159
Reed College131314
University of Wisconsin – Madison14NRNR
Wellesley College15NRNR
Yale University1625
Trinity College (CT)17913
Haverford College1814NR
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art19NR18
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering20611
Thomas Aquinas CollegeNR812
University of VirginiaNR104
College of the AtlanticNR1119
Rice UniversityNR167
Amherst CollegeNR18NR
University of RichmondNR1917
Middlebury CollegeNR20NR
Swarthmore CollegeNRNR2
New College of FloridaNRNR10
City University of New York – Hunter CollegeNRNR16

Source: The Princeton Review