When is the FAFSA deadline for 2020-2021?

Get your application in by June 30, 2021 so you don't miss out on federal aid.

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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, 2019
    • Deadline: June 30, 2021
    • Corrections deadline: September 11, 2021

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: For priority consideration, submit your application by June 30, 2020. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
    • Alaska Education Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
    ArizonaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    Arkansas
    • Academic Challenge: June 1, 2020, by midnight CT.
    • Workforce Grant: Check with your financial aid administrator
    • Higher Education Opportunity Grant: Opportunity Grant: June 1, 2020, by midnight CT.
    California
    • For many state financial aid programs: March 2, 2020 (date postmarked).
    • Cal Grants: This program also requires submission of a school-certified GPA by March 2, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to obtain proof of mailing their GPA and to retain a copy of their GPA form.
    • Community college Cal Grants: Sept. 2, 2020 (date postmarked).
    • If you’re a noncitizen without a Social Security card or had one issued through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at caldreamact.org. You don’t need to fill out a FAFSA form to be eligible for California student financial aid. Contact the California Student Aid Commission (csac.ca.gov) or your financial aid administrator for more information. Additional forms might be required. Applicants are encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA form.
    ColoradoCheck with your financial aid administrator
    ConnecticutFor priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, Feb. 15, 2020. Additional forms might be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
    DelawareApril 15, 2020, by midnight CT.
    Washington, DC
    • FAFSA applications: May 1, 2020 for priority consideration
    • DC Tuition Assistance Grant: Submit your DC OneApp with documentation by May 31, 2020 for priority consideration
    Federated States of MicronesiaCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.
    FloridaProcessed by May 15, 2020
    GeorgiaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    GuamCheck with your financial aid administrator
    HawaiiCheck with your financial aid administrator
    IdahoOpportunity Grant: For priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, March 1, 2020. Additional forms might be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
    IllinoisAs soon as possible after October 1, 2019 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    Indiana
    • Frank O’Bannon Grant: April 15, 2020 by midnight CT.
    • 21st Century Scholarship: April 15, 2020 by midnight CT.
    • Adult Student Grant: As soon as possible after October 1, 2019 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    • Workforce Ready Grant: As soon as possible after October 1, 2019
    IowaJuly 1, 2020 by midnight CT — some programs may have earlier priority deadlines
    KansasApril 1, 2020 by midnight. CT for priority consideration. Additional forms might be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
    KentuckyAs soon as possible after October 1, 2019 — awards are made until funds are depleted
    LouisianaJuly 1, 2021 (July 1, 2020 recommended).
    MaineMay 1, 2020, by midnight CT.
    Marshall IslandsCheck with your financial aid administrator
    MarylandMarch 1, 2020 by midnight CT
    MassachusettsMay 1, 2019 by 12 a.m. CT for priority consideration
    MichiganMarch 1, 2020 by midnight CT
    Minnesota30 days after the term starts by midnight CT
    MississippiJune 1, 2020, by midnight CT.
    MissouriFor priority consideration, submit your application by Feb. 3, 2020. Applications are accepted through April 1, 2020, at midnight CT.
    MontanaFor priority consideration, submit your application by Dec. 1, 2019. Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.
    Northern Mariana IslandsFor priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, April 30, 2020. Additional forms might be required.
    NebraskaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    Nevada
    • Nevada Promise Scholarship: April 1, 2020. Additional forms might be required. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
    • Silver State Opportunity Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
    • All other aid: Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.
    New HampshireCheck with your financial aid administrator
    New Jersey
    • 2019–20 Tuition Aid Grant recipients: April 15, 2020, by midnight CT.
    • All other applicants: Fall and spring terms: Sept. 15, 2020, by midnight CT. Spring term only: Feb. 15, 2021, by midnight CT.
    New MexicoCheck with your financial aid administrator
    New YorkJune 30, 2021, by midnight CT. Additional forms might be required.
    North CarolinaAs soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
    North DakotaAs soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
    OhioOct. 1, 2020, by midnight CT.
    OklahomaAs soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
    Oregon
    • OSAC Private Scholarships: March 1, 2020. Additional forms might be required.
    • Oregon Promise Grant: Contact your state agency. Additional forms might be required.
    • Oregon Opportunity Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. 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: Aug. 1, 2020, by midnight CT.
    • All other applicants: May 1, 2020, by midnight CT. Additional forms might be required.
    Puerto RicoCheck with your financial aid administrator
    Rhode IslandCheck with your financial aid administrator
    South Carolina
    • Tuition Grants: June 30, 2020, by midnight CT.
    • SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based Grants: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
    South DakotaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    Tennessee
    • State Grant: Prior-year recipients receive award if eligible and apply by Feb. 1, 2020. All other awards made to neediest applicants. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
    • Tennessee Promise: Feb. 1, 2020 (date received).
    • State Lottery: Fall term: Sept. 1, 2020 (date received). Spring and summer terms: Feb. 1, 2021 (date received).
    TexasFor priority consideration, submit your application by Jan. 15, 2020. Additional forms might be required. Private and two-year institutions might have different deadlines. Check with your financial aid administrator.
    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 Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted. Additional forms might be required.
    VirginiaCheck with your financial aid administrator
    WashingtonAs soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

    Students ineligible for federal aid but who meet state financial aid program and residency requirements should complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid at readysetgrad.org/wasfa instead of the FAFSA form. Contact the Washington Student Achievement Council (readysetgrad.org/wasfa) or your financial aid administrator for more information.

    West Virginia
    • PROMISE Scholarship: March 1, 2020
    • West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program: April 15, 2020
    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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