To apply, students must complete their FAFSA. While the deadline is June 30th, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible as individual schools will have deadlines that vary. Check with the schools you are applying to for individual deadlines and use estimates to begin the process until your taxes are complete.
Once you apply, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Review your SAR and make any necessary corrections, as schools will receive your SAR electronically and make aid determinations based on this information. It always helps to double check with the financial aid office of each school to verify that this process is complete so that you don't miss out on any opportunities for aid. Once complete, you can compare your aid awards from each campus, which can help in making a financial determination during the selection process. The Right Fit College can assist you with any of the aforementioned steps and this is yet another reason working with a college counselor can help during the college application process.