Too many poeple romanticize that an out of state public college must be better than their in-state choices.
This is true.
While there's nothing wrong with going OOS for college, some kids seem motivated to go OOS for the sole reason of going somewhere that their classmates aren't going.
That's all good and fine if family will pay for the experience, but to expect taxpayer money after filling out FAFSA for that experience is not reasonable.
If you can find a college that will give you their OWN money (usually based on CSS Profile results, not FAFSA), then that's fine.
But, again, the FAFSA application is to determine FEDERAL aid which is very little....usually just enough to pay instate public tuition...and not even room and board.