Re: Student finance and government departments
My college (PITT) makes any financial aid really easy. But I have been to other colleges that made it completely a pain in the ass. So I think it depends on the quality of the college in most circumstances. Of course, time is important. If you started paperwork late (at all) your fucked.
I am using the GI BILL (military money) for college, so I don't have to worry about it. all my money I get from my job, I keep. Are you jealous OP? I would have offered to buy you a membership here, but it looks like all the money you can't pay towards college was already used for that.