Need-Blind, but Qualification-Sensitive

There are currently 6 universities and colleges in America that offer need-blind admissions and full-need financial aid – that means they don’t consider financial need when deciding whether to admit their undergraduates, and will give admitted students enough financial aid to meet their need.

[Read about different types of financial aid]

Those schools are:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  2. Harvard University
  3. Princeton University
  4. Yale University
  5. Dartmouth College
  6. Amherst College

But these schools are also among the most selective in the country.  Here’s that list again, with the average financial aid package awarded to international students in 2011/2012, and the admissions rate this year:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – $44,650 – 8.9%
  2. Harvard University – $45,486 – 5.9%
  3. Princeton University – $40,680 – 7.9%
  4. Yale University – $50,851 – 6.8%
  5. Dartmouth College – $45,199 – 9.4%
  6. Amherst College – $45,192 (for 2009/2010) – 11.9%

2012 Has Record Low Admissions Rates (Huffington Post)
Who Got Into the Country’s Top Colleges (Daily Beast)
2011-2012 Compiled Financial Aid Data (Student Union)

And here’s a list of 6 schools that may not have need-blind admissions, but offer a similar average financial aid package and a higher admission rate (acceptance rates are for 2011):

  1. Skidmore College – $51,402 – 42%
  2. Trinity College – $48,998 – 30%
  3. Gettysburg College – $48,908 – 40%
  4. Connecticut College – $46,038 – 32%
  5. Reed College – $45,234 – 40%
  6. College of the Atlantic – $40,520 – 64%

College Navigator (Department of Education)
2011-2012 Compiled Financial Aid Data (Student Union)

Not that we’re telling you to apply to those schools – just pointing out that you have other choices!  Here’s full list from EduPass of schools offering financial aid to international undergraduates, and how many students receive that aid.



  1. OK, I have to say I like the goal of this post … but the links to International and bother me!

    While these websites might come up in online searches, where do they get their data? How recent is it?

    I would like to see information from EducationUSA or the Institute for International Education — both are much more reliable sources.

    1. Thanks Megan. All the financial aid information in that post actually comes from the College Board’s International Student Guide and from the OACAC, and I believe it is based on surveys the the schools themselves fill out. The EduPass list is based on that same OACAC information. The acceptance rate information comes from the Department of Education. So I feel pretty good about it. But I agree 100% that students should be careful about seeking out authoritative sources of information, and should always use their local EducationUSA office for the most up to date information, and to learn about opportunities unique to someone from their country. Thanks for your feedback, and for keeping me honest!

Comments are closed.