Woo-hoo for you! Now the tricky part...paying for it.
You can get started on the FAFSA at www.fafsa.org.
Look under the link "students" and then "financial aid application". This website has loads of helpful information, too. If you will have a low annual family income while in school, and you have few assets and/or a low net worth, you will likely qualify for subsidized governmental loans. In essence, the government pays the interest accrued on the money you borrow while you are enrolled. As previously stated, the annual amount disbursed is $18,500. The feds use a different calendar than school calendars, though, so the annual amount you will receive will actually total $27,750 (three disbursements of $9250 in autumn, spring, and summer terms). FYI - you can often choose the lender. If you are given a choice, try to find one that does not attach disbursement or transfer fees, which reduce the amount of money you actually receive.
Alternative loans, being administered by private companies, typically have higher interest and a host of fees and charges. This is one instance in which reading the fine print is a MUST. The private loan award I was offered is $4500 per semester. You have to apply and qualify for these loans.
Your school may also participate in www.afford.com.
This program allows you to make monthly payments for your tuition for a small up-front fee.
Also, please be aware that student account offices often deduct the amount of tuition due from your student loan disbursement before you even have the check in your hot little hands. You wind up with the measly dregs after they get their cut - a little like the Mafia, no?
I have yet to encounter a real grant. At this point, all the money I have been offered comes with strings!
Best of luck!