30  Colleges With Full-Ride Scholarships in 2018

What Is a Full-Ride Scholarship?Getting a scholarship that fully covers tuition costs is most students’ dream. It’s hard to believe there’s something even better out there—the full-ride scholarship. These scholarships are special because they cover not only tuition but also other basic costs such as room and board, books, travel, and supplies.

For most private schools, this means you’re getting more than $200,000 of expenses covered with these scholarships.

What Kinds Of Schools Offer Full-Tuition Scholarships?

As you look through the list of schools below, you might recognize some of the names. A lot of the schools on this list are very good schools, but apart from a few notable exceptions, you’re not likely to see top schools in the country giving out full-ride scholarships. Why is this?

Full-ride scholarships are meant to lure top, super-attractive students who have a lot of choices. It’s the school’s way of telling you that among the student population, you really stand out. These full-ride scholarships are merit based, meaning that in your grades, extracurricular activities, and/or leadership skills, you’ve worked harder or achieved more than the average student.

Top National Schools That Offer Full-Ride Scholarships

The following schools are ranked in the top 50 national US universities by US News. Consider this list the exception to the rule: these are the rare, top-ranked universities that offer merit-based scholarships in addition to standard need-based scholarships. All schools are arranged by ranking.

#3: University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)
Stamps Scholarship

This scholarship covers tuition and fees, room and board, and a $10,000 enrichment fund for students who demonstrate leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation.