I think the best explanation of the financial aid process can be found at http://www.finaid.org/. There you can learn the process for applying for Federal financial aid by filling out the FAFSA (free application for Federal student aid) form. And you can learn about the benefits --and pitfalls -- of private student loans, in case you don't get enough Federal aid.And now that I reread your question, I think you might also be referring the websites that let you search for FREE money in the form of scholarships. Go to either www.Fastweb.com or www.Scholarships.com, and fill out the profile. But if it's for this coming school year, act quickly because those are given out on a first-come basis, and have already started making grants for fall, 2018.