When universities go through admissions applications, they take many factors into consideration, like your grades, your extracurriculars, and even your personality!
But many college applicants don't realize that some universities also consider you—and your family's—ability to pay tuition as well. The hard truth is that some universities use an applicant's ability to pay tuition without financial aid as a factor in the admissions process. This became the subject of a 2015 article from Time Magazine, which explains that many universities consider how students can contribute to their institution financially when they make admissions decisions.
This sounds like scary news. But don't worry! Many schools are addressing the issue by transitioning to need-blind admissions policies, which remove economic status as an admissions criteria.
In this guide, we'll give you a complete list of need-blind colleges in the United States and answer all of your burning questions, including:
- What is need-blind admission?
- How do need-blind policies affect tuition costs?
- What should you look for in a need-blind school?
So let's get started!