Colleges That Give the Most Financial Aid: the Definitive List

These schools offer students the highest amount of financial aid, which is great because most of them have pretty high price tags to begin with!

Swarthmore College

Average Aid Package: $35,342

Percentage of undergrads eligible for need-based aid: 49%

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Princeton University

Average Aid Package: $36,495

Percentage of undergrads eligible for need-based aid: 59%

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Carleton College

Average Aid Package: $34,141

Percentage of undergrads eligible for need-based aid: 56%

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Yale University

Average Aid Package: $39,270

Percentage of undergrads eligible for need-based aid: 54%

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Pomona College

Average Aid Package: $35,416

Percentage of undergrads eligible for need-based aid: 54%

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Columbia University

Average Aid Package: $37,490

Percentage of undergrads eligible for need-based aid: 50%

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Thomas Aquinas College

Average Aid Package: $19,294

Percentage of undergrads eligible for need-based aid: 76%

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New College of Florida

Average Aid Package: $13,282

Percentage of undergrads eligible for need-based aid: 45%

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Vassar College

Average Aid Package: $37,512

Percentage of undergrads eligible for need-based aid: 56%

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Claremont McKenna College

Average Aid Package: $35,177

Percentage of undergrads eligible for need-based aid: 44%

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Sources: Princeton Review's Financial Aid Honor Roll and U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2011.

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