Every year students fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive financial assistance needed to attend the college.

Beverly Wilks, a financial aid counselor, said students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance as quickly as they can.

“The priority deadline was established to encourage students to complete their FAFSA as early as possible so that they can receive maximum aid,” Wilks said.

Certain grants run out early due to limited funds, some state grants ran out as early as Jan. 31.

Students can fill out their FAFSA online at

Students can fill out a PDF version of the FAFSA or you can request a paper copy by calling Federal Student Aid.

The PDF version of the FAFSA can be printed and filled out manually before being sent in.

Jonathan Young, 18, English major from Williamsburg, said he didn’t waste any time filling out his FAFSA.

“After break ended and classes started up again I feel as if I have no time to sit down and actually fill out my FAFSA for next year,” Young said.

On the other hand, some students are unsure of how to fill out a FAFSA application altogether.

“My High School college adviser actually filled most of my FAFSA out for me,” said Beth Dixon, 20, history and music industry major. “When it came to filling out the FAFSA this year I had no idea how to fill it out at all.”

Help is available in the Financial Aid Office in the Student Success Building (SSB) for those students who need assistance in filling out their FAFSA.

For more information you can contact Eastern’s Financial Aid Office at 622-2361.