By Glorianna Nichols.

FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, application opens on Oct. 1. Seniors and their parents apply for financial aid for college, such as federal grants, work-study and loans, by completing this application.

“I feel oddly excited about it,” senior Estevan Martinez said. “I see it as a sign that I’m about to move on to the next chapter of my life.”

Students have to make an account on to access the FAFSA. Students can see COOL counselor Tamika Braye if they need guidance for filling out the application. Joshua Hunter, college advisor from the TRIO Talent Search program, will be at school Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 to also help students fill out the application.

“My family honestly doesn’t have a plan, but I know that I can get help if I need it,” Martinez said. “My family is just going in head first.”

Braye suggests that seniors complete the application by Oct. 31 and seniors have to complete the application to graduate.