State College Aid Across the United States

Merit-Based Aid, Need-Based Aid & Specialized Scholarships

Each state offers its residents student aid programs. Some states may offer only one or two options, others offer many. 

Select your state to find out what kinds of need- and merit-based aid as well specialized scholarships (i.e. for students studying engineering, medicine, or teaching) and loans are available. Click on the links provided to learn more about each aid program including eligibility criteria, application instructions, and deadlines. 

Many states also participate in a regional exchange program allowing residents to attend college in another state without having to pay out-of-state tuition. 

There are four major exchange programs: the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, the Midwest Student Exchange Program, the Academic Common Market, and the New England Board of Higher Education.

Look at the map to determine which exchange program, if any, your state participates in. When applying to schools in your state’s exchange, be sure to ask about the availability of tuition exchange and reciprocity programs. Schools don’t advertise their participation in these programs. You will need to do your research and ask about their availability.

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Western Undergraduate Exchange Program
Midwest Student Exchange Program
Academic Common Market
New England Board of Higher Education
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