The first step to getting financial aid for school is to fill out the FAFSA. Financial aid determined by these forms include grants, loans, and work studies. It only takes up to an hour to fill everything out online, requiring basic information, finances, and school choices. The easiest way to complete the FAFSA is to have all the information you need right in front of you. This includes checking/savings accounts, accounts in your child’s name from relatives, tax information, and addition info if the student’s parents are divorced but the student has lived with both recently. After filling everything out, you will receive your SAR, which describes everything you filled out and can show you estimates on what you will receive for financial aid.