When I applied to college, I received more than half a million dollars in scholarship offers from universities around the United States. I ultimately attended college for free and had no financial concerns as a student. I had similar results when I went to law school (though I still mistakenly took out loans so that I could live comfortably - mistake on my part!).
I get asked often about how I managed to find so much money to pay for school - the short answer is that I. Applied. For. Everything. I treated scholarship applications like a second job (the first being school) and it worked out in my favor. I didn't get most of the scholarships I applied for, but the ones I did get made a huge difference.
Over the past few years, I have developed a list of scholarships that may be useful to those searching for money to pay for school. I now maintain this entire list, plus many more scholarship opportunities, at www.SCOpportunity.com. Head there to check everything out.