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When Is the Deadline for 2019-2020 FAFSA®?

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Here are the FAFSA® deadlines for the two currently available academic years:

2018-2019 FAFSA® – Closes June 30th, 2019

2019-2020 FAFSA® – Opens October 1st, 2018

FAFSA® Submission Timelines and Other Deadlines

There are three key dates students should circle in their calendars every year: October 1st, June 30th and September 15th.

  • October 1st  – FAFSA® opens for the next academic year
  • June 30th  – FAFSA® closes for the current academic year
  • September 15th – Deadline to make FAFSA® corrections for the previous academic year

FAFSA® is now open for 2020, file in less than 5 minutes!

 

In simpler terms:

FAFSA®OpensDeadlineCorrections
2019-2020October 1, 2018June 30th, 2020September 15, 2020
2018-2019October 1, 2017June 30th, 2019September 15, 2019

 

Until further noted by the FSA, those dates will not change for subsequent academic years. Students should be prepared to file their 2019-2020 FAFSA® on October 1st, 2018.

If you ever wondered why the FAFSA® asks for financial information from two years prior to the application year, it’s due to the date the FSA opens the FAFSA®. Students who file their 2018-2019 FAFSA® on October 1st, 2017 would not yet have filed their 2017 taxes.

 

 

Keep Track of School and State Deadlines, too

While the federal deadline allows students to file their FAFSA® after the school year is already over, that doesn’t mean schools and states are equally lenient.

School Deadlines

Many schools and states have their own financial aid deadlines, which could affect the amount of aid you receive. While those schools and states will still accept your FAFSA® for federal aid, they may not use your FAFSA® to judge your candidacy for school and state-provided financial aid.

While the federal deadline generally corresponds to the end of the school year, school deadlines often align with the beginning of the academic calendar. Students already enrolled in college may be required to file their FAFSA® no later than the beginning of the Fall semester.

Students who are still going through the application process may find that their FAFSA® deadlines are even earlier. Some schools may request that financial aid paperwork is submitted to meet the same deadlines as applications for enrollment. That window is usually between November and January, 8-10 months before the school year begins.

The last deadline that students must remain aware of is the tuition deadline set by their school. If you fail to pay for your classes on time, your school may prevent you from registering for classes for the following semester, or even drop you from your current courses.

Check your school’s website or ask your school’s financial aid office for a list of important financial aid dates so you don’t miss any crucial deadlines.

State Deadlines

Just as there is a deadline for federal financial aid, each state has their own deadline for the financial aid they provide for students. Many state deadlines come in the spring before the start of the Academic calendar, so it’s important for students to file their FAFSA® as early as possible.

Student Aid deadlines based by state for the 2019-2020 school year, can be find below:

Alabama

Contact your financial aid office

Alaska

June 30th, 2019 – Alaska grants and scholarships are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply before the deadline.

Alberta

Contact your financial aid office

American Samoa

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Arizona

Contact your financial aid office

Arkansas

June 1st, 2019, by midnight CT. For workforce grant, be sure to contact your financial aid office.

British Columbia

There aren’t any state aid deadline for this particular state.

California

March 2, 2019 – This deadline applies to any California financial aid program.

Canada

There aren’t any state aid deadline for this particular state.

Colorado

Contact your financial aid office

Connecticut

February 15th, 2019 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

Delaware

April 15th, 2017, by midnight CT

District of Columbia

May 1st, 2019 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your FAFSA application by the deadline.

May 31st, 2019 – For the DC Tuition Assistance Grant  (DCTAG), be sure to complete the DC OneApp and submit any required documents by the deadline, to be given priority consideration.

Federated States of Micronesia

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Florida

May 15th, 2019 – All Florida state aid application are due this day.

Foreign Country

Contact your financial aid office, since there aren’t any state deadlines for Foreign Country.

Georgia

Contact your financial aid office.

Guam

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Hawaii

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Idaho

March 1st, 2019 –  For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

Illinois

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants and scholarships are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

Indiana

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants and scholarships are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

Iowa

July 1st, 2019, by midnight CT. Additional forms may be required.

Kansas

April 1st, 2019 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

Kentucky

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants and scholarships are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

Louisiana

July 1st, 2020 – However, it is recommended that you submit the application by July 1st, 2019 to receive more grants.

Maine

May 1st, 2019 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

Manitoba

Contact your financial aid office, since there aren’t any state deadlines for Manitoba.

Marshall Islands

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Maryland

March 1st, 2019 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

Massachusetts

May 1st, 2019 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

Mexico

Contact your financial aid office, since there aren’t any state deadlines for Mexico.

Michigan

March 1st, 2019 by midnight CT

Minnesota

30 days after term starts, by midnight CT. For more information contact your financial aid office.

Mississippi

April 30th, 2019 – If you’re interested in the HELP scholarship, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

October 15th, 2019 – If you’re interested in the MTAG and MESG grants, be sure to submit your applications by midnight CT.

Missouri

February 1st, 2019 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by the deadline. However, applications are accepted through April 1st, 2019 by midnight CT.

Montana

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Nebraska

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Nevada

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

April 1st, 2019 – If you’re interested in the Nevada Promise scholarship, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

New Brunswick

Contact your financial aid office, since there aren’t any state deadlines for New Brunswick.

New Hampshire

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

New Jersey

April 15th, 2019 – For the 2018-2019 Tuition Grant, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

Sept. 15th, 2019 – To apply for the Fall and Spring terms, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

February 15th, 2020 – To apply for the Spring term submit your application by midnight CT.

New Mexico

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

New York

June 30th, 2020 – Submit your application by midnight CT.

North Carolina

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

North Dakota

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

N. Mariana Islands

April 30th, 2019 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.

Northwest Territories

Contact your financial aid office, since there aren’t any state deadlines for Northwest Territories.

Nova Scotia

Contact your financial aid office, since there aren’t any state deadlines for Nova Scotia.

Nunavut

Contact your financial aid office, since there aren’t any state deadlines for Nunavut.

Ohio

October 1st, 2019 by midnight CT

Oklahoma

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

Oregon

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

Palau

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Pennsylvania

May 1st, 2019 by midnight CT.

August 1st, 2019 – This deadline applies to all first-time applicants.

Puerto Rico

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Rhode Island

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Saskatchewan

Contact your financial aid office, since there aren’t any state deadlines for Saskatchewan.

South Carolina

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

June 30th, 2019 –  If you are interested in Tuition Grants, be sure to apply by midnight CT.

South Dakota

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Tennessee

February 1st, 2019 –  Deadline for State Grants and awards are made until funds are depleted.

Texas

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Utah

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Vermont

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

Virginia

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Washington

After October 1st, 2018 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2019-2020 FAFSA opens.

West Virginia

March 1st, 2019 –  This deadline applies to the PROMISE scholarship.

April 15th, 2019 – This deadline applies to the WV Higher Education Grant Program.

Wisconsin

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Wyoming

Contact your financial aid office. Additional forms may be required.

Yukon

Contact your financial aid office, since there aren’t any state deadlines for Yukon.

Financial aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis, so it is recommended students file their FAFSA® as soon as possible to ensure the best financial aid offer. 

File Early – Financial Aid Is First Come, First Serve

Students going through the college application process should know that the earlier they file their FAFSA®, the earlier they’ll receive their financial aid offers. Filing early will allow them more time to make an informed decision when choosing a school.

Deadlines are strictly enforced, so students will need to keep on schedule.

Do you have to fill out FAFSA every year?

Yes, you most likely will have file FAFSA® every year you plan on attending school.  Most academic institutions require students  to re-apply for financial aid by filing FAFSA® every year the student is enrolled because the amount of aid a student may be eligible to get may fluctuate across years depending on a variety of factors.

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The above information is intended solely for general use. While every attempt has been made to ensure its accuracy, Frank makes no representations or warranties as to the validity or completeness of any information. Frank will not be responsible for any errors or omissions in this information, or for any losses or damages arising from its use. Please seek the assistance of a professional who knows your particular situation for personal financial advice.

 

We are not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education. Federal Student Aid (FSA), an office of the U.S. Department of Education, makes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and assistance available to the public for free at fafsa.gov.

 

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