No matter where you go to school, paying for college is likely to be a substantial investment. While most people will end up having to pay at least part of the cost themselves, financial aid and scholarships can help offset your total expenses.
Financial aid can be broken up into several categories. Need based awards are granted to people who demonstrate that paying for the cost of school would impose a financial hardship. Academic based awards are given to students who have demonstrated strong performance in school through good grades, or strong academic extra-curricular activities. Athletic based scholarships award tuition assistance to students who excel at various sporting activities and are recruited to play on the school's athletic team.