The deadline for completing the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is June 30 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time, after the end of the academic year for which financial aid is sought. However, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to secure financial aid since some types of aid can run out.
Any corrections or updates to the FAFSA must be submitted by September 10 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Some states have earlier deadlines for state grants. California, Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia all have deadlines in December, January, February or March.
There are also 14 states that award grants on a first come, first serve basis – Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Utah.
Some colleges also have early financial aid deadlines. You can contact your school’s financial aid department to learn more about any priority deadlines.
The FAFSA first becomes available on October 1.
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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