Upcoming FAFSA® Deadlines for 2021 – 2022 School Year

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The FAFSA® deadline for 2021-22 college school year is June 30, 2022.

 

FAFSA® Submission Timelines and Other Financial Aid 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:

Academic Year FAFSA® Opens Federal Deadline Corrections
2021-2022 October 1, 2020 June 30th, 2022 September 15, 2022
2022-2023 October 1, 2021 June 30th, 2023 September 15, 2023
*Until further notice from the FSA, those dates will not change for subsequent academic years. Students should be prepared to file their 2021-2022 FAFSA® on October 1st, 2021.

 

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 FAFSA® 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 the 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 FAFSA® 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 following year.

Students who are still going through the application process may find that their FAFSA® deadlines are even earlier. Some college aid administrators 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 college. If you fail to pay for your classes on time, your college may prevent you from registering for classes for the following semester, or even drop you from your current courses.

Check your college’s website or ask your college’s financial aid administrator for a list of important financial aid dates so you don’t miss any crucial deadlines. If you miss your college’s deadline, be sure to also contact your college’s financial aid office. They will give you instructions on how to move forward and receive the maximum amount of financial aid.

State Financial Aid Deadlines

Just as there is a deadline for federal financial aid, each state has its 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 by state for the 2020-2021 school year, can be found below.

State Deadlines

Just as there is a deadline for federal financial aid, each state also has its 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 by state for the 2020-2021 school year, can be found below:

Alabama Contact your financial aid administrator
Alaska June 30th, 2022 – Alaska grants and scholarships are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply before the deadline.
American Samoa Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Arizona Contact your financial aid administrator
Arkansas June 1st, 2022, by midnight CT. For a workforce grant, be sure to contact your financial aid administrator.
California March 2, 2022 – This deadline applies to any California financial aid program.
Colorado Contact your financial aid administrator
Connecticut February 15th, 2022 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.
Delaware April 15th, 2022, by midnight CT
District of Columbia May 1st, 2022 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your FAFSA® application by the deadline. May 31st, 2022– 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 administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Florida May 15th, 2022 – All Florida state aid applications are due this day.
Georgia Contact your financial aid administrator.
Guam Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Hawaii Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Idaho March 1st, 2022 –  For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.
Illinois After October 1st, 2021 –  Grants and scholarships are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens.
Indiana After October 1st, 2021 –  Grants and scholarships are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens.
Iowa July 1st, 2022, by midnight CT. Additional forms may be required.
Kansas April 1st, 2022 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.
Kentucky After October 1st, 2022 –  Grants and scholarships are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens.
Louisiana July 1st, 2022 – However, it is recommended that you submit the application by July 1st, 2020 to receive more grants.
Maine May 1st, 2022 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.
Marshall Islands Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Maryland March 1st, 2022 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.
Massachusetts May 1st, 2022 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.
Michigan March 1st, 2022 by midnight CT
Minnesota 30 days after term starts, by midnight CT. For more information contact your financial aid administrator.
Mississippi April 30th, 2021 – If you’re interested in the HELP scholarship, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT. October 15th, 2020 – If you’re interested in the MTAG and MESG grants, be sure to submit your applications by midnight CT.
Missouri February 1st, 2022 – 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 administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Nebraska Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Nevada After October 1st, 2021 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens. April 1st, 2022 – If you’re interested in the Nevada Promise scholarship, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.
New Hampshire Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
New Jersey April 15th, 2022 – For the 2020-2021 Tuition Grant, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT. Sept. 15th, 2022 – To apply for the Fall and Spring terms, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT. February 15th, 2022 – To apply for the Spring term submit your application by midnight CT.
New Mexico Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
New York June 30th, 2022 – Submit your application by midnight CT.
North Carolina After October 1st, 2021 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens.
North Dakota After October 1st, 2021–  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens.
N. Mariana Islands April 30th, 2021 – For priority consideration, be sure to submit your application by midnight CT.
Ohio October 1st, 2021 by midnight CT
Oklahoma After October 1st, 2021 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens.
Oregon After October 1st, 2021 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens.
Palau Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Pennsylvania May 1st, 2021 by midnight CT. August 1st, 2022 – This deadline applies to all first-time applicants.
Puerto Rico Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Rhode Island Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
South Carolina After October 1st, 2022 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens. June 30th, 2022 –  If you are interested in Tuition Grants, be sure to apply by midnight CT.
South Dakota Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Tennessee February 1st, 2022 –  Deadline for State Grants and awards are made until funds are depleted.
Texas After October 1st, 2021 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens.
U.S. Virgin Islands Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Utah Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Vermont After October 1st, 2021 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens.
Virginia Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Washington After October 1st, 2021 –  Grants are made until funds are depleted. So make sure you apply ASAP after the 2020-2021 FAFSA® opens.
West Virginia March 1st, 2022 –  This deadline applies to the PROMISE scholarship. April 15th, 2022 – This deadline applies to the WV Higher Education Grant Program.
Wisconsin Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.
Wyoming Contact your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.

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. 


Frequently Asked Questions

When does FAFSA® open?

FAFSA® opens each year on October 1.

Do I have to file FAFSA® to get financial aid?

Yes, if you’re interested in receiving federal financial aid for college, you will need to file the FAFSA®. Some scholarships even have FAFSA® completion as a requirement to apply.

Do I have to fill out FAFSA® every year?

Yes, you will need to file the FAFSA® for every year you plan on attending college. Most academic institutions require students to re-apply for financial aid because the amount of financial aid a student is eligible for may fluctuate across the years depending on a variety of factors.

How early should I file FAFSA®?

You should file your FAFSA® as soon as possible. The sooner you file your FAFSA®, the better your chances are of maximizing your financial aid.

How do I know which FAFSA® application to file?

You’ll need to file the FAFSA® application the aligns with the year you plan on attending college. For example, if you’re planning on attending school during the fall of 2021, you’ll need to file the 2021-22 FAFSA® application.

Do I have to file FAFSA® to get financial aid?

Yes, if you’re interested in grants, scholarships, work-study programs, or federal student loans, you will need to file the FAFSA®.