Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. The office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school.
Students and families interested in applying for federal student aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); which is done online at https://fafsa.ed.gov
A note of caution: There are companies that offer to complete your FAFSA for you at a fee (sometimes a very high fee). Before paying for someone else to complete your FAFSA, try it yourself; it isn't very difficult.