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Which colleges in the Northeast award merit-based financial aid to the most students?

March 13, 2019

If you are applying to colleges in the Northeast, then you may be wondering which colleges and universities in the region award merit-based scholarships to the most students.  Merit-based scholarships, unlike need-based financial aid, are awarded to students based on academic or other merit rather than demonstrated financial need.  The percentage of students who receive merit-based financial aid can vary dramatically by school, but in general, private colleges award more merit-based aid than public institutions.  (Merit scholarships are also awarded by other entities such as churches and community organizations.) Only two schools in the entire country (of which one is Cooper Union in New York) offer merit-based aid to 100 percent of students, while some colleges award merit scholarships to as little as one percent of the student population.  Especially if you do not qualify for substantial need-based financial aid, it is important to prioritize schools that offer the most merit-based assistance.


Here we present the colleges and universities in the Northeast that offered merit-based financial aid to at least eighty percent of students for the 2017-18 school year:


Northeast Schools that Award the Most Merit Scholarships

Institution Name

Location

Percent of Students Awarded Merit Scholarships

Cooper Union

New York

100%

Juniata College

Pennsylvania

97%

Iona College

New York

96%

Westminster College

Pennsylvania

95%

Emmanuel College

Massachusetts

94%

Neumann University

Pennsylvania

94%

Stevens Institute of Technology

New Jersey

93%

St. Bonaventure University

New York

93%

Cabrini University

Pennsylvania

93%

Duquesne University

Pennsylvania

92%

Salve Regina University

Rhode Island

92%

Southern New Hampshire University

New Hampshire

89%

Washington & Jefferson College

Pennsylvania

89%

Siena College

New York

88%

St. Joseph’s College

New York

87%

Endicott College

Massachusetts

84%

Felician University

New Jersey

84%

Monmouth University

New Jersey

84%

College of Mount Saint Vincent

New York

83%

Daemen College

New York

83%

Holy Family University

Pennsylvania

83%

St. John Fisher College

New York

82%

DeSales University

Pennsylvania

82%

Johnson & Wales University

Rhode Island

82%

St. John’s University

New York

80%

The College of Saint Rose

New York

80%