Awww, shucks. Well, I only know about American financial aid. Here we have what is called a FAFSA where we fill out a sort of financial aid application and turn that in and based off of the score that gives us we receive however many allowances for financial aid.
So since it’s a year away that’s what I would be looking at right now. Look at what your options are. My personal suggestion: avoid loans if at all possible. I managed to avoid loans until graduate school and it made me so angry that I had to take them at all because up until that point I was able to attend college debt-free. Apply to everything as early as possible, keep an eye on your deadlines because I was such a procrastinator that I’d wait to the last minute and often miss opportunities for scholarships. Don’t do that. You’re already thinking about it and that is awesome. Seriously, pat yourself on the back for that. Look at the university you want to attend, usually they will have a website and a financial aid office so look at what they can offer you. Don’t slack off on your grades this last year (I know it’s tempting). I worked through college at Starbucks (I suppose they have those there, of course they do) because they had great benefits and worked with my school schedule. However, work in moderation because if you work too much and keep on top of your studies you will burn the candles at both ends and fizzle out and hate school.
As far as other advice. I am not going to say “Don’t be nervous!” that’s impractical. Being nervous is good. Being nervous is healthy. I will say to not party as much as you want to (though a little bit is good). Always take time for yourself. I guess my biggest piece of advice can be summed up in one word: moderation. Keep balance in your life, take time for studies, friends, family, and yourself. Stay on top of your school work and don’t procrastinate. Procrastinating will make you perpetually behind and you don’t want that. You will do awesome and if you ever have more questions etc. I will be here. (For whatever that’s worth.) So best of luck darling and thanks for the question.