These lucky students received a full ride through any combination of money from the colleges themselves, federal and state grants and outside private scholarships.
The odds of receiving a full-ride private scholarship is even more remote. According to Kantrowitz, there are less than 250 private scholarships in this country that provide enough money to cover all college costs.
Bottom Line: While there are billions of dollars in scholarships and grants available to students from all income levels and abilities, you shouldn't plan on anyone outside your own family picking up the entire tab.
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