Do colleges look more favorably on applicants who can pay full tuition?
My experience is "it depends." Last year a west coast college acknowledged that they had to limit the number of low-income admits, balancing them against those admitted and expected to pay "full freight." By far most colleges want to admit students whose academic records document that they can indeed do collegiate level work and are likely to contribute to the college or university community. However, some less well-endowed colleges must respond to fiscal imperatives and admit qualified students who can afford the real cost to leverage expenses. I know that this is almost always a consideration, but in sum my response is some do weigh applicant's ability to pay in deciding admissions.