Filling out a college application can be a very important decision. Once you have used a college search engine to find a list of potential universities and degree programs that interest you, applying for scholarships and financial aid should be your next step. Unfortunately, the process of applying for financial aid can be one of the most complicated aspects of the college application process. However, with some planning and a little help from your advisor, it doesn't have to be as daunting as it might seem at first.
The first step you should take is to discuss your plans with a student advisor at your high school. They will have considerable experience, and can assist in helping you find the right college for you. Although the college application process can seem complicated, breaking it down into stages can often make it simpler and more manageable.
You should also talk with a college admissions advisor at the school or university you are applying to. If, like many students, you are applying to multiple schools, sending an email to the admissions department can often be a great way to get the ball rolling and get answers to some of your preliminary questions. College admission advisors can often point you in the right direction, and provide you links to useful information on the university's scholarships.
Above all, try to remain calm. Ask lots of questions and take it one step at a time.