Colleges that Meet 85-100% of Need-based Financial Aid

Discover the most generous colleges for need-based financial aid that offer funding for 85% or more of your demonstrated financial need (based on required financial forms). Every college in this list meets, on average, at least 85% of a family’s demonstrated need, with some pledging to fund all 100% of that need! The list includes the Cost of Attendance, Acceptance Rate and Average Accepted GPA and Test Scores too. Be sure to watch our “Determining Your EFC/SAI” video to verify your college financial profile.


The colleges on this list have historically offered the most generous need-based financial aid to students who have completed and filed the FAFSA and other possible required institutional-specific forms. All but two colleges on this list are private colleges, and over half of the schools have an acceptance rate of 40% or greater!

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, this Excel list will help save you time and money by identifying schools that can help make college more affordable.

  • Do you want to focus your college search on affordable options?
  • Do you anticipate qualifying for need-based financial aid?
  • Are you open to exploring additional schools that could be generous funders?

Sort, filter, and compare schools based on:

  • Geographic location
  • Number of students
  • Percentage of need met
  • Cost of attendance
  • Acceptance rate
  • Average GPA
  • Average SAT/ACT scores

After purchase, be sure to check out our video tutorial included in the Introduction tab of the Excel sheet. The tutorial contains data sorting tips and information to help you customize your spreadsheet searches.

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