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When is the Deadline for 2020-2021 FAFSA®?

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

2019-2020 FAFSA® – Closes June 30th, 2020

2020-2021 FAFSA® – Opens October 1st, 2019

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. If you have any questions about school-specific deadlines, you should talk to your aid administrator.

  • 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

In simpler terms:

FAFSA® Opens Deadline Corrections
2019-2020 October 1, 2018 June 30th, 2020 September 15, 2020
2020-2021 October 1, 2019 June 30th, 2021 September 15, 2021

Until further noted by the FSA, those dates will not change for subsequent academic years. Students should be prepared to file their 2020-2021 FAFSA® on October 1st, 2019.

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. You can find this information online, but you can also talk to college aid administrator.

School Deadlines

Many colleges and states have their own financial aid deadlines, which could affect the amount of aid you receive. While those colleges 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 if they want to receive their federal aid for the foll