See my post from last January about applying for financial aid. All financial aid documents should be completed by January 30 for best consideration. Also, check the financial aid web page for each college to which you will apply. Many schools require a school-specific form in addition to the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. Failure to complete all forms means thousands of dollars less in financial assistance.
Spend a morning learning more about the college admissions process. Reed College is offering two free opportunities for high school juniors to see their campus and learn about college admissions. This is well worth your time. Sign up here for the Junior Visit Day. This is offered on days when Portland schools are not in session.
Kathy Garrett has been a school counselor for over 30 years, and a college counselor for well over a decade.