2016’s Best Colleges and Universities for Scholarships

$31,231College tuition is constantly on the rise – the College Board‘s most recent numbers have it at $9,139 and $22,958 on average for in-state and out-of-state students at public four-year colleges, respectively, while private four year colleges cost an average of $31,231. Student debt is going up, too. Class of 2016 grads are leaving college with the highest average debt load ever – $37,172.

In response, many students are turning to scholarships and fellowships to fund their educations. The main draw, of course? It’s money that doesn’t need to be paid back. To see just where students are earning the most in scholarships, GoodCall analysts looked at scholarship and fellowship dollars per enrolled students at more than 4,000 colleges and universities across the country. Explore the top 500 institutions below:


Data for this report was pulled from the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) IPEDS data comparison tool. To be included in this report, an institution must be a public, degree-granting higher education institution. To calculate the rankings, we looked at:

  • The gross amount of scholarships and fellowships applied to tuition at each institution during the 2014 school year
  • The 12-month enrollment for the 2014 school year at each institution

The final ranking is based off the average amount of scholarship/fellowship dollars per enrolled student at each university.

Carrie Wiley

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Carrie is graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has a degree in English and Journalism with a concentration in Professional Writing. She served as news editor of The Seahawk campus newspaper. Since college, Carrie has worked in various digital marketing roles focusing mostly on media relations. Her writing has been featured in Yahoo! Homes and AOL Real Estate. In addition to being GoodCall's Public Relations and Communications expert, Carrie is also a regular contributor to the GoodCall newsroom, covering higher education trends and career news.

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