The overwhelming number of full-time college students receives some kinds of financial aid to help them pay for tuition. Hence, it appears absolutely possible to apply for financial aid and receive it; however, all students and their families have to understand that it is essential to keep track of the financial aid calendar to identify the best deadlines for choosing a financial aid program, to meet its criteria and deadlines and ensure agreement for eligibility. The present article outlines the key dates and periods during which the main financial aid efforts should be made. When to Apply for Financial Aid? 1. The initial attempt to find an appropriate financial aid type is the summer before the senior year. It is the period when colleges already invite students for studies and formulate their pricing policies, so as soon as the student chooses some colleges he or she wants to enter next year, it will be easier to look for the most profitable scholarships in advance and bring them to compliance with the regulations posed by the chosen colleges. 2. September is the beginning of the senior year and at the same time it is a good moment to meet with the college counselor and discuss the realistic educational and career opportunities and decide on the number of grants and scholarships available for those specific purposes. As soon as the preliminary decision is made, it will be much easier to narrow the search. 3. December is the best period for applying for financial aid, with all necessary financial information being gathered in January. As soon as the expected family contribution (EFC) is calculated and realistic financial aid sum is known, the students may proceed to taking exams and making final decisions on the desired colleges.