(CNN) — College aid season is now underway.
The free application for federal student aid, also known as FAFSA is now available.
Education officials say fill it out as soon as possible because some awards are first come, first served.
Even if your family might not qualify for need-based aid, sometimes schools have different merit based scholarships.
And schools use the federal form to determine most aid.
Another reason to submit the form ASAP, 13 states award financial aid on a first come, first serve basis.
So, if you’re in one of these states then get that form online or fill it out on the app “My Student Aid.”
Experts say there are simpler ways to get this done.
The free website called “Frank” has streamlined the process.
Current and prospective college students have until the end of June to submit their FAFSA.
Deadlines vary depending on your state and college.
Experts recommend you do your research to make sure you submit the FAFSA on time.
Experts also say the biggest challenge when filling out the FAFSA is the number of question, there are 100 of them.
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