I have learned so much from the friendly contributors here at CC. So I have managed to figure out that the published cost of a private school can sometimes be reduced for a high achieving applicant. Likewise for our in-state public schools but probably considerably less since the price is lower to start with. But I am confused about applying to out of state public schools. Their published prices often exceed what we might be expecting to pay at a private school that offers merit aid making them not very attractive without a grant of some kind. Should I just scratch all public out of state schools off the list? I'm leaning in that direction. It would be a big waste of everyone's time to apply to expensive schools that we know in advance are not going to provide any assistance. How could I find out which, if any, out of state public universities would possibly offer some kind of merit scholarship funds such that I might want to consider applying?