When it comes to paying for college, Scholarships & Grants give the opportunity to offset the costs of higher education without the debt burden of loans.
There are endless numbers of scholarships and grants available today. The first step is to completely fill out the FASFA. You must fill out the FAFSA to qualify for federal aid, and many states and colleges use the FAFSA to award aid as well.
Your chosen school will likely have many forms of scholarships and grants specific to their institution. Be sure to start here as this aid is usually easy to apply for and is drained quickly by fellow students.
Finally, be sure to apply for outside scholarships like the hundreds listed on this site. Many scholarships are available for those who have chosen specific fields and for minority, cultural and social groups.