Before you look at borrowing money in the shape of a student loan, have a look at what is available in the shape of savings or other non-loan areas first.
Are you going to end up with a scholarship? Is your educational establishment actually accredited? Do you plan on full time or part time education?
How much will you need for each semester? Make a list of how much you will need for books and equipment, how much you need for food and clothing, are you living on campus or commuting to and from campus? You must take all these into account before you can complete the process.
Visit the financial aid office of the institution that you will be attending, once you get your acceptance letter. This can be done before you apply for any loan or grant.
You could also decide to fill out a (FAFSA) financial application for student aid form, once your acceptance has been confirmed. The financial aid office of your selected educational institution will help you fill this out and also post it to the relevant address.
Whilst you are waiting for the results of this to come back, you could then look into the possibility of a loan or grant. Some of the financial aid offices may even be able to help you with the different loans available.
Your (FAFSA) will also generate a (SAR) Student aid report, and this can be used with any scholarships or grants to calculate how much money you may need to borrow to pay for your educational credits.
You can choose to work when you are learning to offset any repayment amounts. If you do this then the lenders may use the payment of these monies to determine any further borrowing for any other semesters.