When filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), meeting key deadlines is as important as ensuring all your information is accurate. And, at state and college levels, filing your FAFSA early can mean more money from more sources — so don’t wait until the last minute!
When is the FAFSA due?
FAFSA deadlines have changed!
If you’re planning to attend college in the 2022-2023 school year and want to qualify for financial aid, you have until June 30, 2022 to submit your FAFSA. However, to qualify for the most grant, scholarship, and work-study funds, you should file as soon after October 1, 2021 as possible. Financial aid submission deadlines for your state and chosen college are generally early within this time frame, so you can get your aid by the start of the school year. Federal work-study, state, and college or university grants and scholarships are generally awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so it pays (literally) to be early.
Federal, state, and college deadlines for student aid are different
States and colleges set their own FAFSA deadlines. You can find a complete list of state deadlines here. Your intended college’s financial aid deadline might be the earliest, so it’s important to also check with the school(s) you’re planning to applying to. The U.S. Department of Education asked colleges to keep their deadlines the same as in previous years, but some have shifted them earlier with the earlier FAFSA filing date. It’s also a good idea to see if the school you plan to attend requires any additional financial aid applications or forms. In addition, find out if that college defines the application deadline as the date it receives your FAFSA or the day it’s processed.
Save the date(s)!
Mark your calendar — on your desk, in your email, and anywhere else you'll see it — so you don’t miss any college, state, or federal financial aid deadlines. Apply as soon as possible, and avoid making these 11 common FAFSA mistakes in order to ensure you receive the financial aid you need — right on time!