: Cambridge, Mass. Undergraduate enrollment
: 6,676 Total cost
: $55,496 Average need-based aid
: $42,229 Average net cost
: $13,267 Kiplinger's rank
: #6 among private universities
The most competitive of the Ivy League schools (only 6% of applicants are admitted), Harvard is also one of the most generous: More than 60% of undergraduates receive aid, and students whose families earn less than $65,000 pay nothing for this coveted education. Harvard has increased its financial aid by more than 70% in the past five years; this year, it dispensed a total of $172 million. Like many elite schools, Harvard restricts its awards to students who qualify for need-based aid.
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