Parents, do you have a senior in high school looking to go to college?
Well there's one very important form they need to have filled out, and fast-- the FAFSA form.
School officials at Quincy Notre Dame say many of their students have already filled out the FAFSA forms. They say it's important to apply early or the money could be gone.
Natalie Standley is one of 83 seniors at Quincy Notre Dame, that can't wait to graduate this spring, but she's also one of thousands of high school students competing for financial aid for college.
And Standley says filling out her FAFSA forms early, will give her a better shot at a cheaper education.
"I don't like the idea of imposing that much debt on my parents I wouldn't do that, the idea of all those student loans scare me, and I'm not ready for that," said Standley.
Nick Weiman, also a senior at QND, has filled out his FAFSA form too, and says being able to pay for college is a priority.
"Fill out as many as you can all the money that you get it really helps out."
And with the cost of college going up every year, QND's guidance counselor, Judy Liesen, is urging students to fill out their FAFSA forms now.
"Illinois especially is running low on money, and when the money is gone it's gone, so the first people in line are the ones that will get financial aid."
Liesen says another issue students will face-- MAP and PELL grant money is running out even sooner this year, in March.
"Even if you don't think you're going to qualify for a PELL or a MAP grant you still need to do that for the school to put together a financial aid package for you," said Liesen.
While Standley's college plans aren't finalized yet, one thing is for sure, the first step in making sure she gets there is filling out her FAFSA form.
"It's very important I want to get as many opportunities as possible for financial aid. College is expensive," said Standley.
Liesen says keep in mind each individual college has its own deadline, so be sure to check with the financial aid office at your school.
The Iowa deadline to send your FAFSA forms in is July 1. But in Missouri, it's April 1.
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