Although a year at most colleges, especially if living costs are included, starts at about $11000 and can exceed $65000, the good news is that if you need financial aid to help meet college costs, you are likely to receive it. There are no guarantees, of course, but a staggering amount of federal, state, institutional, and local financial aid is made available every year. Families need to be cognizant of costs. But most students in need of aid (who apply) receive all or part of what they require to attend their first-choice college. Remember, cost should never be a deterrent in choosing the colleges to which you will apply.
Keep in mind that some student aid funds are limited so be sure to apply as early as possible and follow institutional deadlines.
Many college/university merit-based scholarships and organizational scholarships have December deadlines so now is a good time to start your search. To get you started, two of the many online databases are linked below. Please be careful to avoid scams, and never ever share Social Security or credit card information on scholarship websites or applications.
Financial Aid “FAQs” and Figures
Financial Aid Presentation