MONROE, LA (KNOE) According to the Louisiana department of education, 65% of high school seniors submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
"If it hadn't been for FASFA, she would not be going to college," said one local parent.
Frankie Everett has spent the last three years sitting in the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Financial Aid office helping students and high school seniors figure out how to pay for college.
She said Louisiana is one of the first states to make FAFSA a priority for students.
"Starting for the class of 2018, students have to complete FAFSA or fill out a waiver to graduate high school," said Everett.
This year, 3,000 more students enrolled in FAFSA than last year.
Education officials say more students enrolled after the U.S. Department of Education opened the FAFA application window in October instead of January.
"It lines up also with admission deadlines. So, there's students who are applying for school. And, they also know that they can do there FAFSA at the same time."
Parents can sign up for FAFSA at any time during the school year, but Everett suggest parents do it by the given deadline date.