What You Need to Get Started
The first step in the application process is the college application itself. In order to be able to complete your college application, you're going to need access to basic documents about yourself and your high school. You'll be asked about your full legal name, permanent address (your primary parent's house address) and your area of academic concentration (in high school if there is one, as well as the concentration you aspire to within college). You'll also be asked about your high school's address, your GPA and any other schools or classes you have attended since the ninth grade.
You'll be asked about both of your parents or primary guardians. If you have only one, simply give a short explanation of why. If a parent has passed away, you simply write, "Deceased." If you don't want to explain the absence of another parent, you may simply write "N/A" for not applicable. Yet, you'll need more details on the FAFSA.
Extracurricular activities and academic honors will also need to be explained in detail on the application. Be sure to make a list of all of those and gather details from the instructors before attempting the application. You'll also be asked about your work experience.
Although you will be asked about it, you don't have to enter information on your race or ethnicity, place of birth, social security number and your first language. Keep this in mind when filling out the application. No school should hold it against you if you opt not to put down any of those facts.