: New Haven, Conn. Undergraduate enrollment
: 5,349 Total cost
: $52,700 Average need-based aid
: $38,914 Average net cost
: $13,786 Kiplinger's rank
: #1 among private universities
Yale's lavish endowment -- $19.4 billion, as of June 30, 2011 -- means it has plenty of money to offer in financial aid, and it spreads the wealth. Yale meets 100% of financial need and provides it in no-loan packages, at an average of almost $40,000; students who borrow here graduate with less than $10,000 in average debt, among the lowest on our lists of private universities and liberal arts colleges. Although Yale does not award non-need-based aid, its definition of need is expansive, extending to families earning up to $200,000 a year.
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