FinAid/Scholarships for SoCal resident??

<p>I am a male high school student living in Southern California and was interested in a few East Coast Schools (Northeastern..Boston College)</p>

<p>I have heard from a few sources that some schools are less likely to award a Southern California resident with financial aid because of the property values here. Is this true?</p>

<p>And also.. what do you think my chance is of recieving a merit-based scholarship?</p>

<p>-4.3 Overall GPA
-2050 SAT
-ECs (so far.. 3yrs HS Soccer, 3yrs. Club soccer (capt.), 3yrs Red Cross, 3yrs California Scholarship Fed, 2 yrs. HS Volleyball (capt.) )</p>

<p>-Lastly, is there anything I can do to increase chances of recieving merit-based scholarships?</p>