If you plan to apply for financial aid, there is a drop-dead deadline this year. The deadline, March 1, is always the same as it's been in the past, but this year, if you don't apply by said date, you run the risk of not receiving grants and need-based scholarships. Remember that only permanent residents and U.S. citizens can apply for aid. Provided you show need, you have just as much access to need-based aid as a first-year applicant. Two forms are required when applying for aid -- The FAFSA and the CSS Profile.
Student Financial services is very accessible, via their website, facebook or twitter.
Check out the website... after you read this post ... and get started in February.