Financial aid is a top priority for most prospective college students. The higher the percentage of students who receive financial aid directly from the school, the more desirable the college should be to attend. This data refers to the percentage of undergraduate students receiving financial aid for the 2013 academic year directly from the institution they attend. The financial aid figures are provided by the IPEDS database from the U.S. Department of Education.

IPEDS did not have financial aid figures for all of the colleges on our list. We did not, however, want to penalize those colleges without data. To that end, we simply excluded those schools from the rankings in this category.

RankSchoolStudent to
Faculty Ratio
Graduation
Rate
Retention
Rate
Acceptance
Rate
Enrollment
Rate
Institutional
Aid Rate
Default
Rate
301

University of California-Davis

18 to 185%93%38%8%72%N/A
302

University of South Florida-Main Campus

24 to 168%88%45%14%72%N/A
303

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

23 to 167%85%77%32%72%5%
304

Louisiana Tech University

23 to 152%80%64%31%72%8%
305

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

12 to 173%81%34%19%72%N/A
306

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

16 to 165%83%50%12%72%N/A
307

Temple University

14 to 171%90%56%17%72%N/A
308

Grace College and Theological Seminary

23 to 160%80%77%9%71%4%
309

Capitol Technology University

12 to 135%87%97%23%71%7%
310

Siena Heights University

12 to 137%72%77%17%71%6%
311

University of Nebraska at Kearney

14 to 156%80%85%37%71%N/A
312

Wilson College

10 to 139%73%45%10%71%N/A
313

Providence College

12 to 185%90%57%10%71%N/A
314

Bob Jones University

12 to 162%80%82%55%71%2%
315

Clemson University

18 to 181%93%51%15%71%N/A
316

University of South Carolina-Columbia

19 to 172%87%65%20%71%N/A
317

King University

16 to 145%73%44%17%71%8%
318

Brigham Young University-Provo

20 to 180%86%48%38%71%1%
319

University of Wyoming

14 to 155%77%96%36%71%N/A
320

University of Miami

12 to 182%92%38%6%70%N/A
321

Tulane University of Louisiana

9 to 183%92%30%7%70%N/A
322

Loyola University Maryland

11 to 181%86%61%7%70%N/A
323

Daniel Webster College

16 to 149%68%62%18%70%8%
324

Syracuse University

16 to 181%91%48%10%70%N/A
325

University of Arizona

22 to 161%80%76%23%69%7%
326

University of Central Florida

30 to 170%89%49%18%69%N/A
327

Florida International University

25 to 158%88%50%20%69%10%
328

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

18 to 178%91%58%12%69%N/A
329

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

18 to 161%80%78%19%69%N/A
330

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

17 to 149%74%60%15%69%N/A
331

Sam Houston State University

21 to 149%80%73%29%69%11%
332

University of Richmond

8 to 188%93%31%8%69%N/A
333

California State University-San Marcos

24 to 151%81%54%16%69%5%
334

Colorado School of Mines

16 to 177%94%38%9%68%3%
335

Jacksonville University

14 to 141%68%54%12%68%10%
336

Maharishi University of Management

11 to 146%90%37%25%68%N/A
337

University of Mississippi

18 to 161%87%79%22%68%8%
338

Maryville University of Saint Louis

13 to 171%89%72%26%68%N/A
339

Rockhurst University

12 to 171%85%74%12%68%6%
340

Piedmont International University

7 to 141%74%24%19%68%N/A
341

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

10 to 169%83%54%29%68%N/A
342

Kent State University at Kent

21 to 156%81%85%27%68%12%
343

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

16 to 186%93%51%14%68%N/A
344

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

27 to 163%89%39%8%67%5%
345

Georgia Southern University

21 to 150%82%60%35%67%9%
346

University of Idaho

16 to 157%80%72%26%67%N/A
347

Iowa State University

19 to 171%87%87%33%67%5%
348

Saint Elizabeth College of Nursing

8 to 150%100%50%39%67%4%
349

Texas Woman's University

18 to 141%76%86%24%67%8%
350

University of California-Santa Barbara

17 to 181%93%33%6%66%N/A
351

Marian University

13 to 156%80%56%15%66%6%
352

Concordia University-Saint Paul

16 to 146%70%55%15%66%6%
353

College of Saint Elizabeth

10 to 149%71%63%13%66%8%
354

LeTourneau University

12 to 157%69%45%14%66%N/A
355

Texas Christian University

13 to 176%90%43%11%66%N/A
356

California State University-Fullerton

25 to 162%88%42%11%65%6%
357

Luther Rice University & Seminary

23 to 1100%100%100%100%65%N/A
358

Saint Leo University

15 to 145%71%73%17%65%10%
359

University of Illinois at Chicago

18 to 160%81%77%22%65%N/A
360

University of Illinois at Springfield

14 to 148%77%63%18%65%N/A
361

Ball State University

14 to 160%82%61%16%65%7%
362

Northeastern University

14 to 184%97%28%6%65%N/A
363

Grand Valley State University

17 to 167%84%81%24%65%4%
364

SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

16 to 143%75%54%16%65%13%
365

Western Carolina University

16 to 157%80%40%9%65%N/A
366

Ohio State University-Main Campus

19 to 183%94%49%17%65%N/A
367

Belmont University

14 to 169%83%80%23%65%3%
368

The University of Texas at Dallas

23 to 166%84%61%24%65%7%
369

Maranatha Baptist University

13 to 144%77%69%55%65%N/A
370

Northern Arizona University

18 to 152%74%77%17%64%9%
371

San Jose State University

27 to 157%86%55%11%64%5%
372

George Washington University

13 to 183%94%46%13%64%N/A
373

Chatham University

10 to 156%76%55%14%64%3%
374

West Virginia University

20 to 157%79%86%31%64%9%
375

California State University-Chico

25 to 164%84%63%12%63%7%
376

American University

12 to 181%88%35%11%63%4%
377

The University of West Florida

22 to 147%72%42%19%63%N/A
378

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

19 to 185%97%32%11%63%N/A
379

University of Notre Dame

10 to 197%98%20%11%63%N/A
380

University of Saint Mary

8 to 141%75%49%14%63%N/A
381

University of Michigan-Dearborn

15 to 153%80%62%18%63%N/A
382

Miami University-Oxford

15 to 180%90%65%14%63%11%
383

John A Gupton College

15 to 150%83%77%59%63%13%
384

Columbia College

10 to 162%81%N/AN/A63%N/A
385

University of Connecticut

17 to 183%92%53%11%62%N/A
386

University of Delaware

16 to 179%92%67%18%62%N/A
387

Madonna University

10 to 161%82%60%19%62%N/A
388

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

18 to 166%86%78%35%62%N/A
389

California University of Pennsylvania

21 to 150%77%85%26%62%8%
390

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

18 to 149%73%96%43%62%8%
391

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

13 to 167%86%77%25%62%5%
392

University of California-Berkeley

17 to 192%96%17%7%61%N/A
393

University of California-Los Angeles

16 to 191%96%17%6%61%N/A
394

University of San Francisco

14 to 171%83%64%8%61%N/A
395

University of North Florida

18 to 155%80%57%14%61%8%
396

Plymouth State University

17 to 158%76%74%20%61%5%
397

SUNY College at Brockport

16 to 169%82%53%12%61%N/A
398

SUNY College at Cortland

16 to 173%78%51%11%61%N/A
399

Washington State University

15 to 164%78%80%24%61%N/A
400

North Florida Community College

17 to 152%70%N/AN/A60%N/A

Methodology

For each college, we gathered data for nine different metrics: the number of full-time faculty per part-time faculty member; institutional financial aid, acceptance, retention, graduation, job placement, and default rates; years accredited; and undergraduate tuition. Learn more