Georgetown University, located in Washington D.C., was founded by Jesuits in 1789. Georgetown is now one of the world's best-known universities, placing its graduates throughout the law and diplomacy establishments in Washington.
The Manhattan campus insures this Ivy League research institution is always on the Top 10 list, despite a $7 billion endowment to help pay the bills. More than half of students get aid; the average amount is $36,041.
This eclectic collection of colleges in downtown Manhattan –- graduates include Donna Karan, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Walter Matthau -- vaults to the Top 10 thanks mainly to $4,000 in expenses for books, supplies and other costs like travel and meals. Average financial aid of $11,355 is low because of high number of foreign students who pay full freight.
Brainiac Central on Lake Michigan comes with a stiff price, but places its graduates in the best professional schools in the country. The 65 percent of students who receive some assistance averaged $27,460 in aid.