If you have a child who will soon be going to college, or if college is in your own future, and you are a United States citizen, you should definitely know about the FAFSA - Free Application for Student Aid. Simply by logging into their site, FAFSA.ed.gov, you will find links to the application and directions for the application process. Also, it will be helpful for you to know the code of the college you are hoping to attend so that have it when you need it for your application. You can use codes for more than one school if you haven't decided yet which school you wish to attend.
It is recommended that you apply early because of the number of applications there are to be processed each quarter.
The application process is blessedly simple, but it will require you to know certain information that is contained in your most recent tax return. You will also need social security numbers for the students and parents of the applicant.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email telling you that they have received it, along with an idea of whether or not you will qualify for student aid.
You will also have the ability to reopen your application to check on the status or to make corrections.
After a short time you should receive notice that your school of choice has your application. You will check with your school's financial office to see whether you will receive aid and how much aid you have been approved for.
If you need help with your application, your college student aid office may be able to give you advice to get you started.
With many government programs for help with college tuition these days, it is certainly worth your time to check into the FAFSA. You may be pleasantly surprised.