Submit college and financial aid applications now

It’s not a secret that the desire to go to college exists among many teenagers and young adults in the United States, and that demand for a spot in a four-year university, especially the University of California, California State University and private college systems isn’t going away anytime soon. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re a senior in high school or a sophomore in community college.

Get your application in ASAP

The sooner you turn in your application, the sooner it’ll be viewed by the admissions office. Don’t hesitant about turning in your college applications if you know which schools you want to attend and you’re confident with the information on your application.

Helps claim your spot in line for financial aid

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Unless you or your parents will foot your tuition, housing, food and materials bills, it might be best to get your application early so it can receive the maximum possible award. The later you turn in your application, the less pool of money is available for financial aid.

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Every college admissions office has a set application deadline. Miss it and you’ll be left waiting until the next semester. Now, financial aid offices and the Federal Application for Federal Student Aids generally have later dates for the following school year, often AFTER an admissions deadline.

In California, the FASFA deadline for state aid programs is early March, while the federal deadline is usually June 30. Keep in mind, some schools have their own deadlines which may be between the state and federal deadlines. Check your prospective school’s website for more information.

Visit the FASFA website for federal aid info.