When thinking about financial aid for college, the one thing you must think of first, last, and always is FAFSA (FREE APPLICATION for FEDERAL STUDENT AID).
If you do not complete a FAFSA form, you will not get financial aid!
You must complete this form. The federal government uses it to tell the colleges to which you are applying how much money you can be expected to pay [EFC= Expected Family Contribution] toward your education. Hopefully the colleges will then offer you a financial aid package that will allow you to attend those schools.