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should I still apply too out of state schools or schools far away from my house even if I don't have the money for it?

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Ameer’s Answer

Hi Daniel,

Assuming you can afford the application fees (if there are any) it wouldn't hurt to apply! Every college has a different amount of money they've set aside for scholarships and financial aid, and also each one has a different criteria for how they are planning to award those scholarships and financial aid. So you might get lucky! If you apply to an out of state school and then get a scholarship, it entirely possible you will then qualify for in-state tuition and it will be cheaper.
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Tressa’s Answer

I absolutely agree with Ameer and Kevin's answers. Spot On!!!
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Kevin’s Answer

I agree with Ameer's advice that you should apply to schools that may give you a scholarship. You might also narrow that process down a bit by reviewing the schools you are interested and checking out the Facts Sheets. See how much money they provide in scholarship aid and any other criteria that could potentially pertain to you. Some schools are very light on the financial/scholarship help for students, whereas some Ivy League schools look for promising students who are not able to afford their education in order to offer full scholarships. This is often more intentional and transparent at schools with large endowments who are trying to be public about the way they approach equity in their admissions process. They may provide lots of details of how many students are on full scholarship from qualifying as a promising student from a lower socioeconomic background. I know Princeton has a notable program like this as well.
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Kay’s Answer

Hi Daniel,

I absolutely agree that you should apply to those schools if you are interested in them. Most state and private schools have institutional aid or scholarships that you can apply for. You should not let the sticker price (the entire cost of attendance) deter you from applying, you should instead focus on the net price , which is the cost of after financial aid (grants or scholarships) is applied. Take a look at these school’s financial aid website to see what financial aid or scholarships they offer. Also, often these schools have a tool called the Net Price Calculator which allows you to input yours and your parents information to determine what aid you might qualify for.

Finally, check what application these schools require to apply for financial aid. Most schools require the FAFSA( Free Application for Federal Student Aid), schools that offer institutional aid will request a CSS Profile. The FAFSA is free, the CSS Profile has a $25 fee.
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