When I wanted to go to College, it was difficult. My dad lost his high paying job in Pittsburgh when the company moved out of state.
And my mom wanted to stay here because all of her family lived here. So, I found out about PHEAA (PA Higher Education Assistance Agency) it was called back then. I wrote a letter describing my family's financial difficulties and was amazed that I received a
Grant to attend Penn State with room and Board, books, the whole bundle! I only had to pay back $1600 for an entire 4-year education. I attended PSU from 1971-1975. I am not sure if they still carry such grants now, but look into the State Financial agencies. And never give up. That is probably the best advice of all that I could share. Good luck. Your dreams should never die.