Once you have taken the time to research national grants and scholarships and to consider money made available by the colleges or universities to which you are applying, the next step is to learn about the different ways to pay for college that are specific to your state. Since your chances of receiving a full ride to the school of their choice are not very good, it will more than likely be necessary for you to piecemeal scholarships and/or grants together in order to reduce your out-of-pocket tuition costs; and, the best place to start looking in your home state. Every state has a wide selection of scholarships and grants that are only available to residents of that state.
You may be surprised to learn how much funding is made available through:
- State-funded scholarship, grant, and financial aid programs
- Individual colleges and universities in your state
- Private scholarship opportunities available only to residents in your state