When Does the FAFSA Close?

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By Kristen Kuchar

September 24, 2020

The deadline for the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is June 30 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time, at the end of the financial aid award year. This is 21 months after the start of the FAFSA application period. However, it’s best to complete the FAFSA on or as close to October 1 (when it first becomes available) as possible since some types of aid can run out. 

Some states have much earlier deadlines for state grant programs. 

These states award grants as soon as possible on or after October 1 or until funds are depleted:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Indiana (IN)
  • Kentucky (KY)
  • Nevada (NV)
  • North Carolina (NC)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Oklahoma (OK)
  • Oregon (OR)
  • South Carolina (SC)
  • Tennessee (TN)
  • Utah (UT)
  • Vermont (VT)
  • Washington (WA)

These 10 states have deadlines in December, January, February or March:

  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • Idaho (ID)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • Montana (MT)
  • Rhode Island (RI)
  • Texas (TX)
  • West Virginia (WV).

Some colleges also have early financial aid deadlines. You can contact your school’s financial aid department to learn more about any priority deadlines. 

Any corrections or updates to the previous year’s FAFSA must be submitted by September 10 at 11:59 p.m. CT, almost two months and two weeks after the June 30 end to the FAFSA filing season.

The FAFSA is the best way to secure financial aid for college. This is how you qualify for grants, some scholarships, the federal work-study program, and federal student loans. You need to fill out the FAFSA every year you attend college. 

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