Can I apply for financial aid after the deadline?

In most cases, you cannot apply for financial aid after the deadline. 

Missing The FAFSA® Deadline

Every year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) must be submitted by June 30th. However, financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis — so we always suggest filing your FAFSA® as soon as it opens on October 1st. 

Unfortunately, if you miss the FAFSA® deadline, you will not be eligible for financial aid. You should also keep in mind that some schools have specific FAFSA® deadlines that do not align with the federal deadline. Reach out to your school for more information on their FAFSA® deadlines.

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You can learn more about FAFSA® deadlines in this post.

What If I Miss State-Based Deadlines

Unfortunately, if you miss your state dictated financial aid deadline, you will no longer be eligible for state-based aid. 

If your state deadline came before the FAFSA®, you will still have a chance to apply for federal aid despite not getting state aid. 

The Importance of Deadlines

One of the critical aspects of applying for financial aid is getting your applications in on time. Be sure to check your state deadlines, school deadlines, and of course, the main FAFSA® deadline every year.

To get the aid you need to continue your education, you need to meet each one of these deadlines. If you miss the deadline for financial aid, you can reach out to your school and ask if anything can be done. But in most cases, there won’t be much they can do as the application process goes through the federal government. 

If you do miss the deadlines, and nothing can be done, it’s worth looking for scholarships that are still taking applications. It’s one way to try and get some of the gift aid you need for college back in your hands. 

If you are confused about the deadline or have any questions about FAFSA®, please contact the FRANK team at