Hey guys, I've read quite a few threads about financial aid and I am CONFUSED. I've gotten into one of my state schools and from what I can tell, in the long run I will be equally in debt as someone attending a private school. Go figure. Anyway, I never applied for financial aid for undergrad so I was hoping someone could explain to me (in layman's terms) the process of applying for/getting aid. Also, when should I expect to hear about this stuff and what's a "good deal" vs. a "bad deal." In other words, what should my expectations be? Finally, is there anything I need to do at this stage of the game-like apply for anything or contact the school? Thanks so much.