Check out this list of colleges which pledge to meet between 90%-100% of admitted students financial need! This means these schools pledge to cover cost of attendance, minus your Expected Family Contribution. It is worth reaching out to these schools to ask more about how they do this, or ask a College Success Coach for help getting more information! Other colleges which offer programs for low-income students are included!

This information IS subject to change. Please reach out to each college or your college coach for confirmation regarding any information found below.

Updates for the 2018 -19 academic year coming soon

Another program to consider is Questbridge:

  • High achieving high school students with mostly A’s & B’s and ACT composite scores of greater than 28 with financial need can apply early decision to elite colleges, and if chosen, will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship
    • Students will need to begin the application process the September of their senior year

Note: Check out our list of “undocumented friendly colleges” if this applies to you, for information on schools where undocumented/DACAmented students are offered financial assistance!


California

California Institute of Technology

  • Replaces loans with grants in the financial aid package for US students with family incomes of less than $60,000
    • Student contribution of $1,500 from summer earnings

Claremont McKenna College (CA)

  • Maximum loan package $4,000/year for all students

Harvey Mudd College (CA)

Occidental College (CA)

Pitzer College (CA)

Pomona College (CA)

  • Replaces loans with grants in the financial aid package

Scripps College (CA)

Stanford University (CA)

Thomas Aquinas College (CA)

University of Southern California


Colorado

Colorado College (CO)


Connecticut

Connecticut College (CT)

  • Replaces loans with grants in the financial aid package for families making less than $50,00 or with EFC <$5,000
  • Will reduce loan package by up to 50% by replacing with grants for families making $50,000-$75,000 with an EFC between $5,000-$15,000

Trinity College (CT)

Wesleyan University (CT)

  • Replaces loans with grants in the financial aid packages for families making less than $40,000/year

Yale University (CT)


Washington, DC

Georgetown University (DC)


Georgia

Emory University (GA)

  • Replaces loans with work-study & grants for families making less than $50,000
  • Caps 4-year need-based debt at $15,000 for students making $50,000-$100,000

Illinois

Northwestern University (IL)

  • Replaces loans with grants in the financial aid package for students with high financial need (usually families making under $55,000/year), must be Pell grant eligible with need greater than 80% of cost of attendance

University of Chicago (IL)


Iowa

Grinnell College (IA)

  • Caps loans at $2,000/year for students with financial need

Indiana

Wabash College (IN)

University of Notre Dame (IN)


Louisiana

Tulane University (LA)


Maine

Bates College (ME)

Bowdoin College (ME)

  • Replaces loans with grants & work-study in the financial aid package

Colby College (ME)

  • Replaces loans with grants

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University (MD)


Massachusetts

Amherst College (MA)

  • Replaces loans with grants & work-study in the financial aid package

Boston College (MA)

Clark University (MA)

 

Franklin W. Olin College

Harvard University (MA)

  • 0-10% contribution for families making less than $60,000

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Mount Holyoke College (MA)

Smith College (MA)

Tufts University (MA)

  • Eliminates loans from the financial aid package for families making less than $40,000/year

Wellesley College (MA)

  • Eliminates loans from the financial aid packages for families making less than $60,000/year
  • Maximum of $8,600 in loans for students whose families make $60,000-$100,000

Williams College (MA)

  • Replaces loans with grants in the financial aid package

Wheaton College (MA)


Minnesota

Carleton College (MN)

Macalester College (MN)

Saint Olaf College (MN)


Michigan

Michigan State University (MI)

  • Replaces loans with grants & work-study for low-income families with incomes at or below the poverty lines

Missouri

Washington University, St. Louis, (MO)

  • Eliminates loans from the financial aid packages for students from families making less than $60,000/year

New York

Barnard College (NY)

Colgate University (NY)

Columbia University (NY)

  • Reduces loans & family contribution for families making less than $100,000; no loans for families making less than $50,000

Cornell University (NY)

  • Replaces loans with grants for families making less than $60,000; caps loans at a sliding scale for families making less than $100,000

Hamilton College (NY)

Union College (NY)

University of Rochester (NY)

Vassar College (NY)

  • Eliminates loans from the packages of students from families making less than $60,000/year

New Jersey

Princeton University (NJ)

  • Replaces loans with grants for all students who qualify for financial aid

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College (NH)

  • No loans for families making less than $100,000
  • Loans limited to $2,500-$5,500 annually for families making $100,000-$200,000

New Mexico

Saint John’s College (NM)


North Carolina

Davidson College (NC)

  • No loans in the financial aid package

Duke University (NC)

  • Replaces loans with grants for families making less than $40,000
  • Eliminates parental contribution from families making $40,000-$60,000
  • Limits loans from $1,000-$4,000/year for families making $40,000-$100,000
  • Caps loans at $5,000/year for families making more than $100,000

North Carolina State University (NC)

  • Caps need based loans at $2,500/year for families with income less than 150% of the poverty level

Wake Forest University (NC)


Ohio

College of Wooster (OH)

Denison University (OH)

Kenyon College (OH)

  • No loans in the financial aid package for students with high financial need

Miami University of Ohio (OH)

  • Covers full tuition & fees for families making less than $35,000

Oberlin College (OH)

  • Replaces loans with grants for students eligible for Pell Grant

Oregon

Reed College (OR)


Pennsylvania

Bryn Mawr College (PA)

Bucknell University (PA)

Dickinson College (PA)

Franklin and Marshall College (PA)

Gettysburg College (PA)

Haverford College (PA)

  • Replaces loans with grants in the financial aid packages

Lafayette College (PA)

  • No loans in the financial aid package for families earning less than $50,000
  • Limits loans to $2,500/year for families earning $50,000-$100,000

Lehigh University (PA)

  • No loans in the financial aid package for families earning less than $50,000
  • Caps loans at $3,000/year for families earning $50,000-$75,000/year

Swarthmore College (PA)

  • Meets full financial need without loans

University of Pennsylvania (PA)

  • Eliminates loans from the financial aid package

Rhode Island

Brown University (RI)

  • Eliminates loans for families earning less than $100,000/year

Tennessee

Bryan College (TN)

  • Covers full-tuition & fees for full-time, first generation students with family income of less than $35,000 

Sewanee: The University of the South (TN)

Vanderbilt University (TN)

  • Replace loans with grants for students with financial need

Texas

Rice University (TX)

  • Eliminates loans from the financial aid package for families making less than $80,000/year
  • Caps total loans at around $10,000/year for families with financial need

Vermont

Middlebury College (VT)


Virginia

University of Richmond (VA)

Washington and Lee University (VA)

  • Eliminates loans from the financial aid package for all students who apply for aid by the deadline

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI)

  • Offers the FASTrack program for a small group of students to meet full financial need for all four years
    • Students are automatically considered upon application, and single, financially dependent students with high need will be assisted

Washington

University of Washington

  • Covers full tuition & fees for students from families making about 235% of the poverty level who qualify for Pell Grant