ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The 2020-2021 FAFSA  application is now open, and college experts say the sooner you apply for aid, the better.

The application went live on October 1 and helps remove a roadblock for many students applying to colleges. The free application for federal student aid determines what students qualify for in terms of grants, loans, scholarships, and state aid.

For the upcoming first generation college students, knowing how to fill out the form correctly is one of the hardest parts. Some students that can afford to go to college should still apply because they could be eligible for aid.

“Try to encourage all seniors who are considering college to complete a FAFSA even if they end up ineligible for federal aid and sometimes they need to have that on file to be awarded scholarships,” said Cay Lee Ratliff, Transitions Specialist at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Albemarle County offers workshops where financial aid experts can sit down with students and their parents and go through the form step-by-step.

PVCC is hosting Super Saturday FAFSA workshops to help families complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA. no matter what college they want to attend. The first workshop is on Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.