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When is the FAFSA deadline for 2019-2020?

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Get your application in by June 30, 2020 so you don’t miss out on federal aid.

When the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is due varies depending on where you live and the school you’re attending. Knowing your FAFSA application deadline is the first step in making sure you’re eligible for federal and state funding, as well as some school’s financial aid programs. Generally, it’s best to get your application in as early as possible, since some scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Federal dates to know

    • Open date for applications: October 1, 2018
    • Deadline: Saturday, June 30, 2020
    • Corrections deadline: Saturday, September 12, 2020

State deadlines

While all FAFSA applications are due by the end of June, many states have earlier deadlines — some as early as the beginning of March. Thinking of applying for a state-sponsored scholarship or grant? You might need to submit your FAFSA even earlier to be considered. Some states don’t have a hard deadline but recommend you submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after it opens on October 1st.

Interactive map: FAFSA deadlines by state

Click on your school’s state below to learn about any specific due dates you need to keep in mind. Don’t know which school you’re going to yet? Look at the deadlines for all schools you’re considering attending.

Table: FAFSA deadlines by state

StateDeadline
AlabamaCheck with your financial aid administrator
Alaska
    • Alaska Performance Scholarship: June 30, 2019 for priority consideration — awards are made until funds are depleted
    • Alaska Education Grant: As soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    ArizonaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    Arkansas
    • Academic Challenge: June 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    • Workforce Grant: Check with your financial aid administrator
    • Higher Education Opportunity Grant: June 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    California
    • Most state financial aid programs: Postmarked by March 2, 2019
    • Submission of a school-certified GPA for the Cal Grant: March 2, 2019
    • Community college Cal Grants: Postmarked by September 2, 2019
    ColoradoCheck with your financial aid administrator
    ConnecticutFeb. 15, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT for priority consideration
    DelawareApril 15, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    Washington, DC
    • FAFSA applications: May 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT for priority consideration
    • DC Tuition Assistance Grant: Submit your DC OneApp with documentation by May 31, 2019 for priority consideration
    Federated States of MicronesiaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    FloridaProcessed by May 15, 2019
    GeorgiaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    GuamCheck with your financial aid administrator
    HawaiiCheck with your financial aid administrator
    IdahoOpportunity Grant: March 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT for priority consideration
    IllinoisAs soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    Indiana
    • Frank O’Bannon Grant: April 15, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    • 21st Century Scholarship: April 15, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    • Adult Student Grant: As soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    • Workforce Ready Grant: As soon as possible after October 1, 2018
    IowaJuly 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT — some programs may have earlier priority deadlines
    KansasApril 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT for priority consideration
    KentuckyAs soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    LouisianaJuly 1, 2020 — though the state recommends getting your application in a year earlier
    MaineMay 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    Marshall IslandsCheck with your financial aid administrator
    MarylandMarch 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    MassachusettsMay 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT for priority consideration
    MichiganMarch 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    Minnesota30 days after the term starts by 12 a.m. CT
    Mississippi
    • Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant: September 15, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    • Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant: September 15, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    • HELP Scholarship: March 31, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    MissouriFebruary 1, 2019 for priority consideration — though applications are accepted through April 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    MontanaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    Northern Mariana IslandsApril 30, 2019 for priority consideration
    NebraskaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    Nevada
    • Nevada Promise Scholarship: April 1, 2019 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    • Silver State Opportunity Grant: As soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    • All other aid: Check with your financial aid administrator
    New HampshireCheck with your financial aid administrator
    New Jersey
    • 2018–2019 Tuition Aid Grant recipients: April 15, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    • All other applicants: September 15, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT for the fall and spring terms or February 15, 2020 by 12 a.m. CT for the spring term only
    New MexicoCheck with your financial aid administrator
    New YorkJune 30, 2020 by 12 a.m. CT
    North CarolinaAs soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are
    depleted
    North DakotaAs soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are
    depleted
    OhioOct. 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    OklahomaAs soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are
    depleted
    Oregon
    • OSAC Private Scholarships: March 1, 2019
    • Oregon Promise Grant: Contact your state agency
    • Oregon Opportunity Gran: As soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    PalauCheck with your financial aid administrator
    Pennsylvania
    • First-time applicants enrolled in a community college; business, trade or technical school; hospital school of nursing; designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution; or nontransferable two-year program: August 1, 2019 by midnight CT
    • All other applicants: May 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    Puerto RicoCheck with your financial aid administrator
    Rhode IslandCheck with your financial aid administrator
    South Carolina
    • Tuition Grants: June 30, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT
    • SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based Grants: As soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    South DakotaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    Tennessee
    • State Grant: February 1, 2019 for prior-year recipients — all other awards are made to neediest applicants until funds are depleted
    • Tennessee Promise: Received by February 1, 2019
    • State Lottery: Received by September 1, 2019 for the fall term and February 1, 2020 for the spring and summer terms
    Texas
    • Texas public colleges: January 15, 2019 for priority consideration
    • Texas private colleges: Check with your financial aid administrator
    • All other applicants: As soon as possible after October 1, 2018
    US Virgin IslandsCheck with your financial aid administrator
    UtahCheck with your financial aid administrator — awards are made until funds
    are depleted
    VermontAs soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are
    depleted
    VirginiaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    WashingtonAs soon as possible after October 1, 2018 — awards are made until funds are
    depleted
    West Virginia
    • PROMISE Scholarship: March 1, 2019
    • West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program: April 15, 2019
    WisconsinCheck with your financial aid administrator
    WyomingCheck with your financial aid administrator

    Contact your school for the most accurate deadline

    While everyone must follow the federal and state deadlines, colleges impose their own FAFSA deadlines as well. Reach out to your school’s financial aid office to find out when it requires you to submit your application.

    Be sure to clarify whether that date is when you need to submit your application online, when your school receives it or when the office processes it.

    Is there a different deadline if I start college in the summer or spring?

    Generally, these FAFSA deadlines don’t apply if you’re starting in the summer or spring. Schools tend to have their own financial aid procedures for students with non-fall start dates.

    There’s a chance you might be able to fill out the FAFSA during the semester if you’re starting in the spring. Summer aid tends to get more complicated, however. Some schools might consider summer courses part of the previous academic year, while others treat it as part of the coming year. This means you might need to update your current FAFSA application or include summer funding in your FAFSA application for next year.

    Contact your school’s financial aid office for more details.

    Bottom line

    Submitting your FAFSA on time is key to getting the best financial aid package you’re eligible for. Reaching out to your school is the most fail-safe way to be sure you get everything in on time.

    Don’t know which school you’re attending? Pay attention to the state and federal deadlines. You also might want to check out our guide to filling out the FAFSA for more information on what to expect.

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