Financial aid exists in two forms: need-based aid and merit-based aid. They function very differently. You can determine an estimate of your eligibility for need-based aid by going to a college’s website and putting your tax information into a Net Price Calculator.
I always used to love the March and April weeks during which the colleges I worked for were inundated by high school juniors and their families spending their spring breaks attending information sessions, tours, interviews and class visits. Fresh enthusiastic