FAFSA Deadline

When is the FAFSA deadline? It depends. You should submit your FAFSA application as soon as possible each year. Most federal and state aid is limited and is awarded on a first come, first served basis.

The FAFSA application is key to receive not just federal financial aid, but also state aid and many college grants and scholarships. To receive the best financial aid package, be aware of at least FAFSA deadlines:

1. Federal aid deadline. The federal deadline qualifies you for federal aid, such as Pell Grants and federal student loans.

2. State aid deadline. These state FAFSA deadlines (shown in the table below) apply to the funding offered by your state.

3. Institution deadeline. You will also need to check with each college or university for their FAFSA deadlines.

Last updated on December 7 2016 by College Financial Aid Advice

Which is most important? They all are. You may receive financial aid from all 3 sources, and each person's situation is unique. Apply early for your best chance to receive a great package of college scholarships, grants, and student loans.

FAFSA Deadline for Federal Financial Aid

FAFSA Deadline

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When are the FAFSA deadlines for federal financial aid for college students? It depends on which school year. Apply early as many programs run out of funds. You can always count on getting a Federal Stafford loan. 2017 – 2018 school year (July 1 2017 – June 30 2018) – FAFSA deadline is June 30, 2017. Apply as early as possible after October 1 2016. Note: Starting this year, the application will be available on October 1 each year.

2016 – 2017 school year (July 1 2016 – June 30 2017) – FAFSA deadline is June 30, 2017. Apply as early as possible after January 1 2016.

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2017 FAFSA Deadlines by State

To be eligible for state financial aid, you must submit your 2017 - 2018 FAFSA application for student aid by the due date below for your state. In addition, a state may require an additional application or information to be eligible for state aid. For example, in California, the popular Cal Grants program requires the FAFSA and a verified Cal Grant GPA be submitted by the FAFSA due date to be eligible for state grants.

If your state or territory is not on this list, check with your financial aid office.

Note: The dates for 2016 - 2017 have passed for most states, but be sure to submit a FAFSA to be eligible for federal loans.


State Code State Aid FAFSA Deadline
Alabama AL Check with financial aid administrator
Alaska AK AK Alaska Performance Scholarship – June 30 2017, Alaska Education Grant - ASAP after October 1 2016.
Arizona AZ Check with financial aid administrator
Arkansas AR Academic Challenge and Higher Education Opportunity Grant– June 1 2017, Workforce Grant – Contact the financial aid office.
California CA Initial awards – March 2 2017, some community college awards – September 2 2017 (date postmarked)
Colorado CO Check with college financial aid administrator
Connecticut CT February 15 2017 priority consideration (date received); May 1 2017 otherwise.
Delaware DE April 15 2017 due date (date received)
District of Columbia DC DCTAG deadline May 31 2017
Florida FL May 15 2017 (date processed)
Georgia GA Check with college financial aid administrator
Hawaii HI Check with college financial aid administrator
Idaho ID Opportunity Grant - Priority March 1 2017 (date received)
Illinois IL As soon as possible after October 1 2016. Awarded until funds depleted.
Indiana IN March 10 2017 (date received)
Iowa IA July 1 2017 (date received); some priority deadlines earlier
Kansas KS April 1 2017 (date received)
Kentucky KY As soon as possible after October 1 2016. Awarded until funds depleted.
Louisiana LA July 1 2017 highly recommended, accepted through July 1 2018
Maine ME May 1 2017 (date received)
Maryland MD March 1 2017 (date received)
Massachusetts MA May 1 2017 (date received) priority date may be earlier
Michigan MI March 1 2017 (date received)
Minnesota MN 30 days after term starts (date received)
Mississippi MS MTAG and MESG Grants - September 15 2017 (date received); HELP Scholarship - March 31 2017
Missouri MO Priority by February 1 2017. April 1 2017 (date received)
Montana MT Check with the financial aid office.
Nebraska NE Check with college financial aid administrator
Nevada NV Silver State Opportunity Grant - ASAP after Oct 1 2016, all other aid check with college financial aid office
New Hampshire NH Check with college financial aid office for FAFSA due date
New Jersey NJ 2016-2017 Tuition Aid Grant recipients - April 15 2017 (date received), all other applicants September 15 2017 for fall and spring terms, February 15 2018 spring term only
New Mexico NM Check with college financial aid office
New York NY June 30 2018 (date received)
North Carolina NC ASAP after October 1 2016. Awards given until funds run out.
North Dakota ND Apply as soon as possible after October 1 2016.
Ohio OH October 1 2017 (date received)
Oklahoma OK As soon as possible after Oct 1 2016.
Oregon OR OSAC Private Scholarships - March 1 2076 (date received); Oregon Opportunity Grant - As soon as possible after October 1 2016; once funds run out these grants will not be given
Pennsylvania PA May 1 2017 (date received); for some community college and trade school programs - August 1 2017
Rhode Island RI Check with the financial aid office.
South Carolina SC Tuition Grants - June 30 2017 (date received), SC Commission on Higher Education - ASAP after october 1 2016 as awards made until money is depleted
South Dakota SD Check with college financial aid administrator
Tennessee TN January 17 2017 for prior year recipients and new applicants (note awards made for prior recipients; new applicants based on need until money is depleted); State Lottery - fall term Sep 1 2017 and spring and summer terms Feb 1 2018
Texas TX Public colleges - Mar 15 2017 (date application received). Check with financial aid office for private colleges.
Utah UT Check with college financial aid administrator for FAFSA due date
Vermont VT ASAP after October 1 2016 as awards made until money is depleted
Virginia VA Check with college financial aid administrator
Washington WA ASAP after October 1 2016 as awards made until money is depleted
West Virginia WV Promise Scholarship - March 1 2017 (date received), new applicants submit additional application. WV Higher Education Grant Program - April 15 2017.
Wisconsin WI Check with college financial aid administrator
Wyoming WY Check with college financial aid administrator

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