It's time to apply for financial aid to get free money for school

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

TEMPE, Ariz. -- With just a few clicks, students can apply for federal student aid through the FAFSA, and qualify for grants and even federal work study.

"I think every little bit helps,” said freshman Alondra Perez.

Perez is paying out-of-state tuition at Arizona State University, which is more than $23,000.

For those paying in-state tuition, it’s more than $9,000.

The free application for federal student aid isn't the only place where students can find free money for school.

"I didn't receive much financial aid, but I did get some academic scholarships, so I have received reduced payment on my tuition," said freshman Graham Paul.

"I have the dean's list scholarship, and that gave me $11,500, so that helps a lot," said freshman Danielle Little.

"There is a lot of free money out there," said Melissa Pizzo, executive director of ASU’s financial aid and scholarship services.

Pizzo said it's just a matter of finding it.

“Look within your local community. There are many civic and community organizations that support higher education,” she said. "There are some national websites, as well."

ASU’s website can help guide you to some of those scholarship websites.

"It is really up to the student to take the next step to find the application and submit the information to make themselves eligible to receive that financial aid," Pizzo said.

She said some scholarships require the submission of a FAFSA, so that should be the first step.

To maximize the amount of aid you can get through FAFSA, ASU recommends filing by March 1.

Feb. 7 and 8 is College Goal FAFSA 2015. There will be several locations where students can go for help on completing their FAFSA. You can find some of them by clicking here.