The first step to apply for financial aid should be getting familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After knowing about it, you will figure out whether you are accessible to the student loans.
If you want to get FAFSA, you need to satisfy the following needs: high-school education, citizenship and academics. To be more specific, you must provide a high-school diploma, a GED certificate, or have completed homeschooling. You must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or an eligible non-citizen and have a valid social security number. You must be enrolled in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.
So how to apply a FAFSA?
You need to prepare the following documents：
- Social security number
- Driver’s license or state ID.
- Parents’ income if you are still dependent on your parents.
Then you can go to the FAFDA website to create an account by using your email address and choosing a username and password. Now you will have a Federal Student Aid identification number. Next step is providing you and your parent’s financial information. If you have the eligibility you can directly transfer your tax information into the FAFSA form by using the IRS’ data retrieval tool(DRT). Finally, you should list the colleges you want to apply and wait for the FAFSA information.
To sum up, if you are eligible to receive federal student loans, you just need to follow the regular steps. FAFSA will help you go to the college you prefer.