What happens if you file FAFSA® late?

Filing FAFSA® late or missing deadlines could mean missing out on financial aid!

When filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), it’s important to take note of all deadlines.

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

  • The federal deadline is June 30th for that academic school year. For example, the deadline for the 2021-2022 application is June 30th, 2022.
  • 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.