The deadline to file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid is just around the corner.
FAFSA for students attending the University of Montana must be completed by February 15th.
For other Montana schools the deadline is March 1.
Students and parents will need to get their FSA ID number, which replaces the four-digit PIN used in previous years.
Officials with the Student Assistance Foundation urge people to submit the FAFSA sooner rather than later. If this year's taxes aren't completed, you can estimate based on last year's, and then update the application later.
The FAFSA opens the door for various opportunities such as Pell grants, student loans, and work study programs.