The most important thing to 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.
File the FAFSA
Check FAFSA Status
Update or Make Corrections to FAFSA
Other FAFSA FAQs
FAFSA Filing Dates
See Deadlines for Applying for Financial Aid (FAFSA)