I applied for financial aid through FAFSA - and got a Pell grant, alone with a subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
I'm also fortunate in one way, that when my mother passed away unexpectedly 5 months ago, my brother and sister decided that her estate will pay for my entire education. She stipulated in her will that my sister's student loans would be paid off from her estate, and they believe that she would have wanted to have my education paid for. She knows how much I wanted to be a nurse, and they were kind enough to offer to have the estate pay for it. They even said that it didn't matter if I applied to the more expensive private Catholic college - she would have wanted me to get the best education I could.
That aside however, I'm still not going to let that deter me from applying for scholarships
. There is one scholarship
in my small town given to women who are going back to school after a period of time, so it's not for HS students. Unfortunately it is such a small town, that they don't have applicants every year, and it just keeps getting rolled over. So I will definitely be applying this year.
There are a LOT of scholarships available that never get dispersed because people don't know about them. Your state's website usually is a good place to start. They usually have on the education part a good list of scholarships. The schools you apply to can usually help in that regard also, in that they keep lists and requirements for each.