Understanding How Financial Aid Works
Tuition is a Useless Concept (why a high sticker price should not deter needy students)
Determining Cost and Applying for Aid
College Net Price Calculator – Estimate how much you will pay after scholarships and grants are factored in
Wendy Nelson’s Full Scholarship List, downloadable in Excel from mykidscollegechoice.com. It includes over 1200 major merit scholarships, many of which are full-tuition. Includes eligibility criteria. Well worth the $7.99 price tag.
Best major universities for National Merit, pt. 1 – List of selective universities (public and private) with the best National Merit funding
Best major universities for National Merit, pt. 2 – List of 120 public and private universities offering full tuition scholarships; also includes full-tuition scholarships not tied to National Merit
Top universities offering merit scholarships – List of 79 selective colleges offering substantial merit aid, including full scholarships
Public and Private Grants
Gates Millennium Scholarship – For outstanding students of color; limited to Pell-Grant recipients
National Merit Scholarship Corporation – Eligibility based on PSAT scores. Maximum of $2500 plus possibility of additional institutional and corporate-sponsored grants.
Pell Grant – Federal program for low-income students; eligibility based on FAFSA; maximum grant of $5,775
QuestBridge – Organization matching high-achieving low income students with selective colleges
Financial Aid for International Students
10 colleges that give the largest financial aid packages to international students (note that only a small fraction of international students attending these institutions may receive aid)
Merit scholarships open to international students – List of 121 merit scholarships for which international students can apply