State Grants and Scholarships for College

When you are evaluating student aid opportunities, don't overlook state-based grants and scholarships. Most of the state grants are available only to students who attend a college within their state of residence. In most cases, this means you should plan on applying to an in-state college to be considered for state-based grants.

A few states have "reciprocity agreements" with neighboring states to help non-resident families afford college. These agreements allow for state-based aid from one state to be extended to neighboring states. For more information on reciprocity agreements, contact the colleges you're considering and their state's higher education agency.

Applying for State-Based Grants and Scholarships

To apply for state-based aid, fill out the federal student aid application (FAFSA). Your FAFSA information will help financial aid administrators determine your eligibility and award amounts for both federal and state-based financial aid, including grants. Don't forget to check to see if your state has any additional application forms to complete.

State-Based Aid Programs

During the 2010–11 academic year, there was over $9.2 billion awarded by state higher education organizations. Most of the state programs are available only to students who attend a college within their state of residence. To be considered for state-based aid, you should consider attending an in-state college.

A limited number of states have established reciprocity agreements with neighboring states to help families manage college costs. For more information on reciprocity agreements, contact your college(s) or state higher education agency.

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