Hello, Physics Forums! I currently a high school junior in the US, and I plan on majoring in physics. Finances are a concern for me, since I don't qualify for financial aid, but wont be receiving any help from my parents. As a result, the very highest schools like MIT are out of the question for me, since I don't want to be graduating hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt (since they only give need-based financial aid). I was wondering, however, if there are any schools that aren't on quite that level - but still have good physics programs - and also give merit-based scholarships that I might qualify for. Thanks in advance for any replies!