Once you've completed the FAFSA and done your homework, it's time to apply for financial aid. You should submit applications only to the programs for which you are eligible. Pay attention to scholarship and grant requirements. In some cases, the grant or scholarship may only go to a student who has no other financial aid. If you plan on using multiple programs to fund your college education, you may need to skip those programs.
Fill out all application forms completely and make sure you've committed no errors. Keep your materials neat and organized -- a dirty application could cost you a scholarship. Should the application require an essay, write an original piece that is thoughtful and will make a good impression. Be sure to pay attention to deadlines and send your materials in on time.
Avoid sending superfluous or irrelevant materials when you submit your application. Applying for financial aid is not the right time to test the more-is-always-better philosophy.