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?
Make certain list of whether you will be living on the campus itself, or will you be commuting to your place of education? How much money will you need for clothing, for food, or even for your books and accessories? Basically a list of how much you need for each semester!
Once you have received your letter of acceptance from the establishment that you are going to be taught in, you should plan to pay a visit to their financial aid office. You should do this before you even consider a student 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.
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.
If you do decide to work whilst you are in learning, the institutions that lend money will decide on the amount that will be available to you in subsequent semesters.