One thing we found through the audition/application process is that talent money is often limited -- one school announced to d that she had received their maximum dance talent scholarship...of $1000 a year. Academic merit scholarships tended to be higher, and some were automatic, based on GPA/test scores. In addition, there are often scholarship competitions at schools, involving more essays (oh boy -- more essays!), an on campus interview, etc -- and those can be very helpful.
One thing d noticed throughout her year of auditioning and decision-making was that scholarship offers changed, and sometimes increased. Both Point Park and Pace (they have a commercial dance major) offered increased talent scholarships over their initial offer in d's acceptance letter when she wrote them to decline.
You can also look outside of the schools themselves for scholarships for dancers. Harlequin flooring (makers of the marley floors in dance studios!) offers scholarships to dancers every year, and it's a random drawing (no dreaded essays!). Not a ton of money, but every bit helps.