i've been a "financial aid baby" since i was in school the first time around (young and foolish then...dont' ask!
anyway, turn in your stuff asap!!! you are past the deadline, but that doesn't mean that your fa department won't process the application. you may not have the $$ the first day of school, but there are usually "emergency" loans (for those who qualify) to cover you until the cheque comes in.
most important...talk w/ your fa dept!! if you are not satisfied w/the answer the 1st person gives you, find another person in the dept!
also, keep in mind that although fa may seem
like dante's 7th level, it's only the 5th! :chuckle
good luck and keep us posted!