Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Interesting. I've seen financial aid office in my university, but I never looked into it. I'd think they help some (since it's a public univ).
Financial aid is income based. It's also based on family size, so if your family has a bunch of kids you'll pretty much get a full ride in most circumstances. (Curse my mother for only having three kids!). It's a combination of grants (which you don't pay back) and loans (which you do).
It also might depend on how savvy you are at doing your taxes. I had a friend in college whose family owned a business and had lots of assets (cars, nice houses, etc.). And he had full financial aid. I asked him how he managed that and he replied, "My parents have a good accountant."
MY parents couldn't even afford an accountant.