75% families are unaware of a key date for gaining college financial aid.

By The Exchange Team

The White House could decide soon on federal student loan forgiveness. High schoolers will still struggle to pay for college without going into debt.

With tuition rising, most families must rely on a combination of resources to make ends meet.

Income and savings cover more than half of college costs, scholarships and grants a quarter, and student loans the rest.

The Free Application for Federal Student (FAFS) Aid serves this purpose.

To receive aid, students must submit the FAFSA. The 2023-2024 FAFSA filing season begins Oct. 1; the sooner students file, the better.

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis or from programmes with limited funds, Rick Castellano said.

Castellano said only about half of families know all students can submit the FAFSA. That's Worrying.