Schools With The Largest Financial Aid Budgets

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Schools with the most financial aid

If you’re an undergraduate student searching for college financial aid, this is your list.

The rising cost of universities and colleges has been one of the most heated issues in the world of higher education over the last few years. While the price of most schools continues to rise at a higher rate than almost any other product on the market, student debt has also skyrocketed. That’s why it is more important than ever that you do your research and find schools that offer diverse and comprehensive financial aid packages that can meet your individual needs.

These 100 colleges and universities have the largest financial aid budgets to offer to their undergraduate students. To compensate for school size relative to financial aid budget, all schools in our list award the displayed average financial aid award amount to at least 50% or more of those that apply and have at least 200 students who apply for aid.

Earn Your Associate or Bachelor’s Degree Online. You May Qualify For $6,095 in Grants!

Rank College Name City, State Total Aid Award Budget % Applicants Awarded Aid Average Aid Award Amount In-State Tuition + Fees Out-of-State Tuition + Fees
1
University of Phoenix-Arizona Tempe, AZ
$486,457,298
80%
$3,887
$11,003
$11,003
2
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
$373,209,890
60%
$33,269
$50,277
$50,277
3
New York University New York, NY
$356,493,903
57%
$25,146
$47,750
$47,750
4
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
$313,344,034
61%
$17,244
$12,763
$37,471
5
University of California-Davis Davis, CA
$307,417,150
72%
$15,547
$13,951
$38,659
6
Arizona State University-Tempe Tempe, AZ
$295,817,666
73%
$10,103
$10,158
$25,458
7
University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA
$286,590,121
73%
$16,079
$13,252
$37,960
8
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
$282,435,440
61%
$16,977
$13,431
$38,139
9
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
$280,562,218
70%
$26,302
$43,318
$43,318
10
Cornell University Ithaca, NY
$261,197,365
55%
$33,376
$49,116
$49,116
11
Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
$259,425,075
84%
$6,278
$15,080
$15,080
12
Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, OH
$255,513,653
65%
$8,725
$10,037
$27,365
13
University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA
$255,358,515
64%
$16,143
$13,530
$38,238
14
DePaul University Chicago, IL
$254,826,094
80%
$19,811
$36,361
$36,361
15
University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA
$253,386,313
84%
$16,032
$13,527
$38,235
16
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
$251,517,444
80%
$18,693
$44,114
$44,114
17
Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX
$238,619,858
57%
$8,947
$9,837
$27,745
18
St John's University-New York Queens, NY
$238,480,216
66%
$22,885
$38,413
$38,413
19
Baylor University Waco, TX
$236,426,635
90%
$18,954
$40,198
$40,198
20
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
$225,167,411
51%
$15,565
$14,729
$45,002
21
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
$222,505,081
69%
$9,923
$10,877
$30,030
22
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
$220,361,069
54%
$35,416
$49,536
$49,536
23
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
$219,453,258
74%
$14,688
$11,455
$22,881
24
Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
$218,854,211
70%
$7,909
$17,129
$17,129
25
University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
$218,531,105
66%
$16,459
$13,968
$38,676
26
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
$214,825,012
53%
$4,478
$4,115
$7,992
27
The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
$206,838,354
57%
$11,878
$10,170
$25,950
28
Northeastern University Boston, MA
$205,241,307
65%
$23,254
$45,530
$45,530
29
California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA
$205,034,775
72%
$7,995
$6,569
$17,729
30
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
$203,007,475
51%
$11,995
$17,086
$33,222
31
Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
$202,332,273
51%
$11,061
$14,131
$29,521
32
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
$201,784,670
82%
$18,312
$37,124
$37,124
33
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
$199,805,589
51%
$10,141
$14,333
$36,934
34
University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
$196,475,670
74%
$16,282
$13,461
$38,169
35
Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington, IN
$196,456,834
59%
$9,138
$10,388
$33,741
36
University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
$195,696,724
70%
$25,067
$45,724
$45,724
37
University of Georgia Athens, GA
$193,885,877
82%
$8,815
$11,622
$29,832
38
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA
$188,122,455
68%
$6,836
$17,514
$31,346
39
George Washington University Washington, DC
$183,092,928
64%
$27,475
$48,280
$48,280
40
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
$178,887,190
72%
$9,670
$9,714
$26,877
41
Pace University-New York New York, NY
$178,531,297
85%
$24,237
$41,333
$41,333
42
University of Florida Gainesville, FL
$177,903,873
88%
$6,192
$6,381
$28,659
43
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
$174,341,274
69%
$4,797
$6,368
$22,467
44
Stanford University Stanford, CA
$170,804,221
62%
$39,283
$46,320
$46,320
45
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
$170,243,807
63%
$32,194
$47,929
$47,929
46
California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA
$169,293,707
72%
$7,479
$6,452
$17,612
47
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
$169,042,525
64%
$38,638
$44,712
$44,712
48
Miami Dade College Miami, FL
$168,068,407
59%
$4,334
$2,834
$9,661
49
Fordham University Bronx, NY
$164,908,445
80%
$23,738
$46,932
$46,932
50
Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
$163,586,548
57%
$35,324
$53,000
$53,000
51
California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA
$161,049,286
65%
$7,579
$6,437
$17,597
52
Temple University Philadelphia, PA
$159,223,398
72%
$7,797
$15,688
$25,994
53
Northwestern University Evanston, IL
$157,533,193
53%
$32,860
$49,047
$49,047
54
Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL
$156,500,419
82%
$6,706
$2,444
$8,732
55
Ashford University San Diego, CA
$151,527,255
79%
$4,235
$10,720
$10,720
56
California State University-Sacramento Sacramento, CA
$150,695,875
73%
$7,689
$6,872
$18,032
57
University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
$150,647,292
78%
$8,708
$10,936
$24,268
58
Florida International University Miami, FL
$150,507,720
69%
$5,282
$6,556
$18,954
59
Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
$150,357,368
83%
$17,575
$39,179
$39,179
60
Washington State University Pullman, WA
$149,340,654
61%
$10,287
$11,967
$25,567
61
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
$149,175,286
53%
$15,433
$8,591
$33,673
62
Purdue University-Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
$148,202,667
51%
$9,612
$10,002
$28,804
63
Duke University Durham, NC
$146,699,555
56%
$39,584
$49,241
$49,241
64
California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
$143,205,461
81%
$8,505
$6,355
$17,515
65
Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
$142,438,534
70%
$25,669
$49,638
$49,638
66
University of Rochester Rochester, NY
$140,219,926
78%
$28,512
$48,260
$48,260
67
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
$137,520,865
50%
$7,964
$13,790
$22,210
68
University of Houston Houston, TX
$135,858,583
57%
$7,261
$8,759
$20,519
69
Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
$135,382,313
54%
$20,083
$39,226
$39,226
70
University of South Florida-Main Campus Tampa, FL
$135,265,835
72%
$6,245
$6,410
$17,324
71
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
$133,795,368
65%
$12,383
$14,626
$27,447
72
University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia, MO
$133,653,983
60%
$8,025
$9,509
$25,166
73
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Amherst, MA
$132,715,230
69%
$8,592
$14,356
$30,689
74
California State University-Fresno Fresno, CA
$132,204,811
75%
$8,560
$6,311
$17,471
75
Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, ID
$131,204,544
60%
$5,961
$3,830
$3,830
76
Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
$130,131,835
72%
$7,112
$8,974
$23,542
77
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
$129,728,806
91%
$25,694
$49,341
$49,341
78
Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, UT
$129,543,065
71%
$6,691
$5,150
$5,150
79
University of Dayton Dayton, OH
$129,354,608
86%
$17,573
$39,090
$39,090
80
Princeton University Princeton, NJ
$129,332,504
58%
$41,466
$43,450
$43,450
81
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville Knoxville, TN
$128,313,162
75%
$7,973
$11,948
$30,368
82
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC
$128,001,115
54%
$9,774
$8,581
$24,932
83
San Diego State University San Diego, CA
$127,030,251
59%
$7,646
$6,976
$18,136
84
Iowa State University Ames, IA
$126,618,367
67%
$6,552
$7,736
$20,856
85
Yale University New Haven, CT
$126,561,838
52%
$44,114
$47,600
$47,600
86
San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
$124,792,541
65%
$7,445
$6,476
$17,636
87
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Stillwater, OK
$124,771,142
76%
$7,874
$7,778
$20,978
88
University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD
$124,621,547
52%
$8,855
$9,996
$31,144
89
Emory University Atlanta, GA
$124,000,608
54%
$33,111
$46,314
$46,314
90
Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
$123,665,255
96%
$15,366
$37,170
$37,170
91
San Jose State University San Jose, CA
$122,787,687
64%
$7,245
$7,378
$18,538
92
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
$122,497,008
64%
$8,177
$9,075
$15,723
93
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
$121,775,063
62%
$10,643
$13,366
$34,908
94
Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
$119,700,520
88%
$22,146
$40,658
$40,658
95
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
$119,003,105
81%
$4,485
$6,507
$21,673
96
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
$117,948,172
66%
$20,733
$40,720
$40,720
97
Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
$116,708,500
69%
$26,531
$48,190
$48,190
98
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
$116,415,593
64%
$8,007
$7,632
$21,432
99
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
$116,070,294
75%
$7,657
$8,080
$24,808
100
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus Davenport, IA
$115,842,656
70%
$4,237
$14,169
$14,169

Earn Your Associate or Bachelor’s Degree Online. You May Qualify For $6,095 in Grants!


References: Data and Terminology

  • School data comes from to IPEDS data submitted to the National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Financial Aid is any monetary grant aid or scholarship aid awarded from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
  • Undergraduate is a student enrolled in a 4- or 5-year bachelor’s degree program, an associate’s degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate.
  • Tuition are charges to full-time undergraduate students for the full academic year 2015-16. Amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit.
  • In-district Tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school. This may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
  • Out-of-state Tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the institution’s or state’s residency requirements
  • Fees are the fixed sum charged to students for items not covered by tuition and required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does NOT pay the charge is an exception
  • Academic Year is the period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 plan.

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