First, you must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You can get started at FAFSA.gov. If you have not created a FSA.ID log on for FAFSA, it will prompt you to create one before starting the FAFSA. If the student is under the age of 24, most likely you will be classified as a dependent student and will be required to input your parental information into the FAFSA. Once you submit the FAFSA, check your status weekly to determine if any additional documentation is needed.