Many people that are returning to school often have questions regarding the financial aid that they will be eligible for when they are trying to sign up for classes and looking to the future and their inevitable goal of obtaining a college degree. Here are a few questions that are asked on a regular basis and their answers.If my parents have too much money, and I only get a partial amount, will I be able to get more financial aid?The answer to this question is that most students that apply for federal aid typically do not get the full amount. Unless you are a single mom with a hardship case or come from a family that is at the poverty level, you will more than likely only received a partial amount toward her education. Although this may not be the best news, this does not mean that you cannot apply for other grants and scholarships that are focused upon your particular major.If you have received scholarships or grants already, will this effect your federal financial aid?Usually receiving a grant or scholarship from a private institution will not have any effect in regard to whether or not you receive federal financial aid. It is possible to receive five or 10 grants or scholarships to help you pay for college and still receive federal financial funding. The larger the institution you are attending, the better this is for your situation.When do you need to apply for financial aid?The earlier the better. When you are dealing with federal institutions, there is a certain amount of money that is allocated each and every year. If you are a single parent and you are looking to start the fall semester with your goal of earning a two-year degree, you need to apply as soon as possible to ensure that you are at the top of the list and receive the full amount of financing.Always remember that any money that you receive in the form of a grant or scholarship does not have to be repaid. Only when you take out student loans do you have the future necessity of repaying this money after you have earned your college degree or if you have simply quit and chosen a different direction in life.