Student enrollment is at an all-time high at the University of Nebraska - Kearney.
"Here at UNK, we have our record enrollment this year, just over 7,000 students enrolled at the University and we certainly feel like financial aid has been a factor in that," said Mary Sommers, UNK Financial Aid Director.
And more students, means more demand for that aid.
"Every year, we'll have somewhere around 4 to 5 thousand students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid that are enrolled at UNK," said Sommers.
That's why the financial aid office is reaching out to the student body with 'FAFSA Fridays'... focusing on the free application for federal student aid. Peer adviser, Ingrid Rodriguez, says they are promoting this for students so they can solve some of the problems before they happen.
"We've had issues before, and last year. Students come late to fill out the FAFSA or when their bill is due. We want to promote to students to get it done as soon as possible," said Rodriguez.
Sommers says, time is of the essence! Some types of financial aid are limited, such as funding from the State as well as money from the University System.
Sommers says, "Students who apply earlier definitely get more financial aid than students who apply later."
If you're not a UNK student, Sommers says anyone is welcome to come in and get advice on their student financial aid application. She says they are there to make it easier.
"The Federal Government has done a lot to make this easy. We're the experts. We know how to do it, we do it all the time. So more than anything, we just want families to know they don't have to try and do this by themselves," said Sommers.
FAFSA Fridays will continue at UNK throughout February. Financial aid advisers will be on hand each Friday from 8am to 1pm.