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Top Tier U.S. Universities that Offer Free Tuition

In the spirit of fairness, below is a list of top-tier private universities that offer free tuition or full-ride scholarships to families making under a certain annual income. Keep in mind, the universities also calculate your assets into the equation (often including your home).

Princeton University
Full-ride (including tuition plus room & board) for families making $54,000 a year or less. Free tuition for families making less than $120,000 a year.

Brown University
Full-ride (free tuition, room & board) for families making less than $60,000 per year.

Cornell University
Full-ride (free tuition, room & board) for families making less than $60,000.

Columbia University
Full-ride (free tuition, room & board) for families making less than $60,000.

Duke University
Full-ride (free tuition, room & board) for families making less than $60,000.

Harvard University
Full-ride (free tuition, room & board) for families making less than $65,000.

Yale University
Full-ride (free tuition, room & board) for families making less than $65,000.

Stanford University
Full-ride (free tuition, room & board) for families making less than $65,000. Free tuition for families making less than $125,000.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Families making less than $75,000 a year don’t pay tuition.

Dartmouth College
Free tuition for families making less than $100,000.


To read more detail, visit These 10 “Expensive” Colleges Have Free Tuition or Full-Ride Scholarships for Middle-Class Families.

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Lindy King

Lindy is an independent UC admissions consultant, who works with both transfers and freshmen. She also has just completed her first novel, a supernatural thriller set in San Francisco.

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