State Student Aid

Author: Carla Abraham

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Find Out What State Student Aid Programs in Your State

In addition to federal student aid, you may also be able to qualify for state student aid programs from your local state government. State aid can be need-based or it can be merit-based. State aid may include grants or loans but may include tuition waivers or other types of aid.

Almost every state education agency has a few scholarship programs for students. Some states have several programs available. To see what state aid is available in your state, you can visit our Free State Aid Search.

While usually filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is all you will need to determine your eligibility for state aid, some states may have their own process for applying for funding. Check with your home state’s higher education authority for more information.


State & Regional College Tuition Discounts  

Many states have programs that offer residents to opportunity to attend college or university in another state, without having to pay out-of-state tuition. Generally, completing a FAFSA is not necessarily required in order to be eligible for these programs. You can contact your state or university to find out more about these tuition reduction and reciprocity programs.