How to get financial aid to study out of state

When attending school out of state, it’s generally more expensive for non-residents. But we have great news! If you’re planning on attending college out of state, you can get financial aid to help out-of-state schools.

While you might not qualify for resident state aid, that doesn’t mean you can’t get all the benefits of filing FAFSA® outside of that.

Here’s how! 

How to apply for financial aid to attend school out of state

The first step to getting financial aid is by filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). 

The FAFSA® application will determine your eligibility for federal grants and loans. The FAFSA® is also a requirement when applying for many scholarships, so it’s essential to get it filed as soon as possible.

Additionally, after filing FAFSA®, you may find yourself eligible for different school-specific financial aid programs that you didn’t even know existed. It’s best to talk to your school’s financial aid office to see what other financial support they offer their students. 

Scholarships, Grants and Merit Awards for attending college out of state

In addition to filing FAFSA®, you should also be applying for outside scholarships and grants. Your school’s financial aid office is an excellent resource and may even have school-specific scholarships you can apply for.

Websites like and are also great resources to find scholarships to help pay for out-of-state college.

Scholarships are a great way to get FREE money towards your college education and limit the number of student loans you’ll have to take out. The less debt you have, the better the financial future you set yourself up for. 

Need FAFSA® help? File with FRANK

The bottom line is, you definitely have options for financial support at your fingertips. If you have any trouble with the FAFSA®, reach out to our team at Frank. We’ll answer the tough questions and walk you through the process for FREE. 

Once you get that going, you’re already on the right track for financial aid.