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!
FAFSA deadlines for 2017-2018 have changed
If you’re planning to attend college in the 2017-2018 school year and want to qualify for financial aid, you have until June 30, 2018 to submit your FAFSA. However, to qualify for the most grant, scholarship and work-study funds, you should file as soon after October 1, 2016 as possible. Financial aid submission deadlines for your state and chosen college are generally early in 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 awarded to students who apply the earliest.
These dates have changed slightly. For 2016-2017, FAFSA opened January 1,2016, and the filing deadline is June 30, 2017.
Federal, state and college deadlines for student aid are different
States and colleges set their own FAFSA deadlines. Find a complete list of 2017-2018 state deadlines here. Your intended college’s financial aid deadline might be the earliest, so it’s important to check with the school you’re planning to attend or any to which you’re applying. Though the U.S. Department of Education asked colleges to keep their deadlines the same as in previous years, 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 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 think of – so you don’t miss college, state and federal financial aid deadlines. Apply as soon as possible, and avoid making these five common FAFSA mistakes in order to ensure you receive the financial aid you need – right on time!