Financial Aid

Finance 101: Applying for college financial aid

Attention college students and parents: October 1st is the first day you can file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, for the school year 2018-2019. It's required to access federal student aid, including work/study programs, grants and scholarships. Since most of this money is given out on a first come-first served basis, you'll want to file the FAFSA without delay.

Here's what you need to know:

--Get prepared now. You can now go online to and register to get your user name and password so there are no filling delays. Students and parents must get separate IDs, and each must have a different email address....