During your college application process and your financial aid process you may interact with several different parties. The goal of all the parties is to provide you with assistance and the information you need to make informed choices.
You, the student: You are responsible for researching and applying to schools and scholarships.
Your college: Your college will determine whether to admit you to their school.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid: We are responsible for processing your FAFSA and providing you and your colleges with information about your financial aid eligibility. Additionally, through the Federal Direct Loan Program, we provide Stafford loans to undergraduate and graduate students.
Note: Not all colleges participate in the federal student aid programs. In addition, not all of the three types of federal student aid (grants, work-study, and loans) may be offered at some colleges. Check with your college to find out which program(s) they participate in.