The most important thing you can do regarding financial assistance for College is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. This is key to the entire financial aid process. Many scholarship funds use the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for financial assistance, so don't delay. There is no cost to file. See Steps to Financial Aid for guidance about how to file the FAFSA online or you can use the helpful links below.
FAFSA Filing Dates
File your FAFSA several months before you plan to begin classes. While you can file the FAFSA at any time, priority for state aid is given to students who file by May 1 for the upcoming fall semester, but you may still apply for aid after this date.