What Happens If You File FAFSA® Late?

Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) late or missing deadlines could mean missing out on financial aid!

When filing FAFSA® it’s important to take note of all deadlines.

There are three FAFSA® deadlines to keep in mind: federal, state, and school deadlines.

  • The federal deadline is June 30th for that academic school year. For example, the deadline for the 2022-2023 application is June 30th, 2023.
  • Each state has its own deadline – with states like Texas being as early as January 15th. It’s important to note, state aid is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Colleges set their own deadlines, so it’s important to reach out to all schools of interest for more information.

What happens if you file FAFSA® late?

If FAFSA® isn’t filed before the deadline, students will not be eligible to receive federal financial aid. While some colleges may offer some flexibility, the federal and state deadlines are firm.

This means if FAFSA® isn’t filed by the deadline, students will not be able to receive any financial aid and will have to wait until the following academic year to apply.

Important FAFSA® Deadlines

Academic Year FAFSA® Open FAFSA® Deadline Corrections Due
2022-2023 October 1, 2021 June 30, 2023 September 10, 2023
2023-2024 October 1, 2022 June 30, 2024 September 10, 2024

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

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