Everyone knows that college is expensive. There are the costs of tuition, room and board and books, as well as fees for nearly everything. Sometimes, the idea of so much money can be a bit overwhelming. The following schools provide full financial aid to those in need, according to U.S. News and World Report.
The amount of aid given by a school can vary depending on financial need and donations from companies and alumni. The table below looks at the average cost of undergraduate tuition for a year and the average grant or scholarship given to undergraduate students in a year.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*||Average Scholarship/Grant Aid (2016-2017)*|
|Boston College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Chestnut Hill, MA||$53,346||$37,035|
|College of the Holy Cross||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Worcester, MA||$50,630||$35,941|
|Georgetown University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Washington, DC||$52,300||$36,913|
|Thomas Aquinas College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Santa Paula, CA||$24,500||$14,020|
|University of Notre Dame||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Notre Dame, IN||$51,505||$36,170|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Catholic Colleges with Great Financial Aid
Making sure that the college you wish to attend has good financial aid is a smart move. The following schools all offer a solid education with a faith-based focus. You'll find religious services available, though not required, at all of these colleges.
At Boston College, there is a need-blind admission process. This means that financial aid need is not looked at, but instead you are admitted entirely based on your academic achievements. Also, the college attempts to keep the tuition costs down by offering full financial assistance when needed. There are eight schools at Boston College that offer 70 areas of study. As a Roman Catholic college, there are 12 masses held on Sundays each week. Along with Christian retreats, there are many on-campus activities to join, such as the Agape Latte, which combines the Catholic faith at the campus café for discussion, and the St. Thomas More Society, which strengthens the Catholic faith of students.
College of the Holy Cross
Attending mass at College of the Holy Cross is not mandatory, but there are several services available across the week. But mass is just the tip of all the faith-based offerings and activities on campus. There are more than 40 sites where students can go to help the community, and retreats are available to allow students to reflect on their faith. There are many majors to choose from, including anthropology, Italian, philosophy, studio art, Russian, and studies in world literature. At the College of the Holy Cross, nearly 90% of students live in one of the 11 on-campus housing options. This keeps students close to student activities, like the creative writing club, the Holy Cross pre-dental society, the Purple Key society, and student government. And just like Boston College, Holy Cross practices the need-blind admission and meets 100% of financial need.
There are 15 areas of study to select a major from at Georgetown University. Among them are American musical culture in the visual and performing arts department, culture and politics in the regional and ethnic studies department, and business administration in operations and information management in the business and economics department. Along with these, there are a ton of religious experiences that you can join on campus, such as ESCAPE, the first-year overnight retreat. Sacred spaces can also be found scattered around campus, providing areas for quiet reflection and prayer. As well as campus living, there are the Hoya sports teams to spend your time cheering for, as well as student clubs to get involved with.
Thomas Aquinas College
Thomas Aquinas College has a 92% retention rate for first-year undergrads. This could be because of their financial aid package, which helps to keep costs down at the college. Thomas Aquinas College has a unique program of study, where no majors are offered. All students that enroll will be put into the liberal studies program, where original writings (rather than textbooks) will be studied. Discussions lead classroom learning so that you are a part of your education and not just told what to know. This helps to cut back on the costs of books as well. There are four services held every day, and classes are not scheduled during this time, which opens up your time to attend any or all masses. Retreats and other activities, such as the Rosary, are part of campus life, and each class begins with prayer.
University of Notre Dame
Perhaps one of the most well-known Catholic colleges on this list, the University of Notre Dame attempts to keep costs down by offering scholarships, such as the first-year scholarship. In fact, Notre Dame states that the average first-year loan for is around $3,800. There are five colleges within the university:
- School of Architecture
- College of Arts and Letters
- Mendoza College of Business
- College of Engineering
- College of Science
Of course, within these schools, there are many majors offered, including aerospace engineering, neuroscience and behavior, gender studies, romance languages, psychology, and theology. Faith and service are integral for Notre Dame students. Over 80% of students take part in community service, and services and clubs are available for several denominations.