GW gave merit grants to 20 percent of students without financial need

Updated: Aug. 20, 2015 at 3:50 p.m.

GW gave one in five members of the Class of 2017 who did not indicate financial need received merit grants to attend the University.

The University gave 20 percent of freshmen who did not indicate financial need an average of $18,307 in grants and scholarships for the academic year of 2013-2014, according to a survey released by The Washington Post. Colleges often give these types of grants to lure in students who can afford to pay the full price of tuition.

GW has increased the amount of smaller, merit-based scholarships and grants it gives to students by almost a third since 2010.

The University, which is roughly 70 percent reliant on tuition to fund its daily functions, also increased its financial aid pool to $182 million for undergraduates in May to help support a larger incoming freshmen class. In 2013, GW administrators admitted that they were not a “need-blind” institution, putting hundreds of students on the waitlist for not being able to afford tuition, while accepting other students who could pay.

Only four of GW’s peer schools, Southern Methodist and Tulane universities, the University of Miami and the University of Southern California, gave grants to 20 percent or more of the freshmen class who did not indicate that they needed financial aid to pay for tuition.

Georgetown University did not give any grants to students who did not indicate financial need, according to the survey, while 4 percent of Duke University’s freshmen who did not indicate that they needed financial aid received grants with an average of $56,043.

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