You will need to file the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you will be attending college before fall 2017. That means between now and summer semester 2017. You can access the FAFSA at FAFSA.gov.
Use the 2016-2017 Do-It-Yourself FAFSA Kit to help you complete your FAFSA:
Important: Make sure you follow-up with any college you list on your FAFSA to verify your financial aid status. Many colleges require additional information complete your financial aid application. If you have questions or a situation that requires more assistance, be sure to contact a college financial aid office near you.