ROANOKE, Va. -

It's that time of the year when hundreds of thousands of high school seniors start applying to colleges and universities.

But a popular online application used by more than 500 schools in the country has been out of commission since Monday morning.

Common Application has been either inaccessible or exceedingly slow for most of its users. The website put up a message on Monday informing people of the issues.

The website malfunction comes hours before the first round of Early Action and Early Decision deadlines for schools like the University of Virginia, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Georgia Tech.

The problems have a lot of local students upset.

"Everything I've done in school the last 12 years has built up to this moment and to not be able to get the application in that I've been working on for all these years it's frustrating," said Cave Spring High School senior Ben Cardenas.

Cardenas said Common Application has made the college application process more than easy for him until now.

"For the forms I need to bring up it literally does not say anything,” he said.

Cardenas is just one of thousands of high school student who have no choice but sit back and wait.

"When I tried to access the forms I need to bring my guidance counselor they just won't load at all,” he said.

Common Application is designed to deliver college applications with just the click of a mouse, but the software malfunction is adding more stress to an already hectic time in the school year.

Roanoke County Schools Coordinator of School Counseling Hayley Poland spent Monday answering questions and listening to concerns from both parents and students as the clock ticks toward the Early Action and Early Decision deadlines.

Poland said there's not much that can be done until the website is fixed.

"The students have to be proactive, the parents have to be involved and the counselors are being good about getting information back,” she said.

Poland suggests students pick up a phone and call the schools they are applying to so they can make sure everything has been delivered.

As for Cardenas, he's hoping for the best and keeping a close eye on those deadlines.

"I'm usually calm about these things,” he said. “I figure if most of the nation is having these troubles then they can't really count it against me, but I want to get it in as soon as possible."

Georgia Tech and UNC Chapel Hill have already made an announcement on their websites notifying students that they are extending the deadlines due to the issues.

Other schools, like Princeton University, have provided alternate online applications.

November 1st is the next big deadline for most schools and people are keeping their fingers crossed that the kinks will be worked out by then.