FILL OUT YOUR FAFSA FORM ON TIME. My parents did not know that each college has it's own deadline and we missed it. They would not consider me for scholarship this year. My mom was told to fill out the fafsa anyway and I would be considered for next year. But now they say that if I was not considered as a Freshman, I am not considered ever again. I am following an "appeal" process to try to get financial help, but there are not guarantees! Those I know who did not "mess up" got a very helpful amount of money.