Best Colleges for Merit Scholarships

Your chances of snagging a college scholarship are higher than you think, especially if you apply to the right schools. These 50 colleges award merit aid—grants to students with no financial need—to at least one in four students, and the average award covers at least 25% of the sticker price. We ranked them by a combination of overall quality, average merit grant, and share of students who receive merit grants.

Published on Aug. 12, 2019. Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations.

College Name
Overall
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Rank
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2019-20 without aid
Est. price 2019-20 with avg. grant
% with need who get grants
Average merit grant
Early career earnings
College Name
Overall
MONEY
Rank
Median SAT/ACT score
Est. price 2019-20 without aid
Est. price 2019-20 with avg. grant
% with need who get grants
Average merit grant
Early career earnings
Rank

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