The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application used to get financial aid for college.  It opens up for submission every year on January 1st.  File the FAFSA as soon after this date as possible  because the earlier you submit the form, the more money you are likely to get.  The FAFSA is required for most school based aid, and is required for ALL federal based aid.  If you haves any questions, visit the Career Center.  The FAFSA application can be found at fafsa.ed.gov