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?
A good idea could be to work out how much you may actually need for each semester. Obviously there are the books and equipment to pay for. Then there is the food and clothing costs. Are there going to be any traveling to and from the campus costs? Or do you intend staying on campus? All these considerations need to be looked at before you can complete your 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.
A second step would be to fill in a (FAFSA) form once you have received your acceptance letter. FAFSA stands for financial application for student aid. Most of the financial aid offices will help you fill the form out correctly, and they will also forward it to the correct address.
When you are waiting for the results to come back from your (FASA) financial application for student aid form, you could then, with the help of the financial aid office, check the scholarships or grant options available to you.
With you FAFSA filled in, the next step is an SAR. This stands for student aid report. This will be generated with your FAFSA and this could be used in conjunction with any grants or scholarships or other financial awards to help determine the loan amounts that you may need to borrow.
There is an option to work as you learn. Any funds that you use to offset your repayments will be looked upon by the lenders when they consider loans for any other semesters.