File your FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible or as early as possible before the semester you want to start. Filing early gets you in line for any free financial aid grants; these are typically awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Your financial information will be forwarded to the schools you list on the FAFSA. The FAFSA is required to receive any type of Federal Financial Aid at Somerset Community College. While not mandatory for all students, completing it is very strongly encouraged.