Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Renewal FAFSA and submit it online as soon as possible AFTER January 1st and after you have submitted your taxes. Be sure to submit your FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA online in time for the Federal government and Lanier Technical College to process it (about four weeks) before your expected registration time. You must apply online by using FAFSA on the Web at Apply for financial aid at the same time, or even before, you apply for admissions into the college.