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Need-Blind, but Qualification-Sensitive

  • Jessica Stahl

There are currently 6 universities and colleges in America that offer need-blind admissions and full-need financial aid - that means they don't consider financial need when deciding whether to admit their undergraduates, and will give admitted students enough financial aid to meet their need.

[Read about different types of financial aid]

Those schools are:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  2. Harvard University

  3. Princeton University

  4. Yale University

  5. Dartmouth College

  6. Amherst College


But these schools are also among the most selective in the country. Here's that list again, with the average financial aid package awarded to international students in 2011/2012, and the admissions rate this year:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - $44,650 - 8.9%

  2. Harvard University - $45,486 - 5.9%

  3. Princeton University - $40,680 - 7.9%

  4. Yale University - $50,851 - 6.8%

  5. Dartmouth College - $45,199 - 9.4%

  6. Amherst College - $45,192 (for 2009/2010) - 11.9%


Sources:
2012 Has Record Low Admissions Rates (Huffington Post)
Who Got Into the Country's Top Colleges (Daily Beast)
2011-2012 Compiled Financial Aid Data (Student Union)

And here's a list of 6 schools that may not have need-blind admissions, but offer a similar average financial aid package and a higher admission rate (acceptance rates are for 2011):

  1. Skidmore College - $51,402 - 42%

  2. Trinity College - $48,998 - 30%

  3. Gettysburg College - $48,908 - 40%

  4. Connecticut College - $46,038 - 32%

  5. Reed College - $45,234 - 40%

  6. College of the Atlantic - $40,520 - 64%


Sources:
College Navigator (Department of Education)
2011-2012 Compiled Financial Aid Data (Student Union)

Not that we're telling you to apply to those schools - just pointing out that you have other choices! Here's full list from EduPass of schools offering financial aid to international undergraduates, and how many students receive that aid.

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