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.
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.
Texas A&M University
2020 – 2021 school year (July 1 2020 – June 30 2021) – FAFSA deadline is June 30, 2021. Apply as early as possible after October 1 2019.
2019 – 2020 school year (July 1 2019 – June 30 2020) – FAFSA deadline is June 30, 2020.
If your state or territory is not on this list, check with your financial aid office.
Note: The dates for 2019 - 2020 have passed for most states, but be sure to submit a FAFSA to be eligible for federal loans. The dates in the following table are for 2020 - 2021.
|State||Code||State Aid FAFSA Deadline|
|Alabama||AL||Check with financial aid administrator|
|Alaska||AK||AK Alaska Performance Scholarship – June 30 2020 for priority consideration. Awards made until funds are depleted. Alaska Education Grant - ASAP after October 1 2019.|
|Arizona||AZ||Check with financial aid administrator|
|Arkansas||AR||Academic Challenge and Higher Education Opportunity Grant– June 1 2020, Workforce Grant – Contact the financial aid office.|
|California||CA||Initial awards – March 2 2020 (also submit school-certified GPA), some community college awards – September 2 2020 (date postmarked)|
|Colorado||CO||Check with college financial aid administrator|
|Connecticut||CT||February 15 2020, possibly earlier for priority consideration.|
|Delaware||DE||April 15 2020 due date (date received)|
|District of Columbia||DC||FAFSA deadline May 1 2020. DCTAG and DC OneApp deadline May 31 2020|
|Florida||FL||May 15 2020 (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 2020 (date received)|
|Illinois||IL||As soon as possible after October 1 2019. Awarded until funds depleted.|
|Indiana||IN||Frank O'Bannon Grant and 21st Century Scholarship: April 15 2020. Adult Student Grant and Workforce Ready Grant: ASAP after October 1 2019.|
|Iowa||IA||July 1 2020 (date received); some priority deadlines earlier|
|Kansas||KS||April 1 2020 (date received) or earlier for priority consideration.|
|Kentucky||KY||As soon as possible after October 1 2019. Awarded until funds depleted.|
|Louisiana||LA||July 1 2020 highly recommended, accepted through July 1 2021|
|Maine||ME||May 1 2020 (date received)|
|Maryland||MD||March 1 2020 (date received)|
|Massachusetts||MA||May 1 2020 (date received) for priority consideration|
|Michigan||MI||March 1 2020 (date received)|
|Minnesota||MN||30 days after term starts (date received)|
|Mississippi||MS||June 1 2020.|
|Missouri||MO||Priority by February 3 2020. April 1 2020 (date received)|
|Montana||MT||Priority consideration by Dec 1 2019. Check with the financial aid office.|
|Nebraska||NE||Check with college financial aid administrator|
|Nevada||NV||Nevada Promise Scholarship: April 1 2020. Silver State Opportunity Grant - ASAP after Oct 1 2019, 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||2019-2020 Tuition Aid Grant recipients - April 15 2020 (date received), all other applicants September 15 2020 for fall and spring terms, February 15 2021 spring term only|
|New Mexico||NM||Check with college financial aid office|
|New York||NY||June 30 2021 (date received)|
|North Carolina||NC||ASAP after October 1 2019. Awards given until funds run out.|
|North Dakota||ND||Apply as soon as possible after October 1 2019.|
|Ohio||OH||October 1 2020 (date received)|
|Oklahoma||OK||As soon as possible after Oct 1 2019.|
|Oregon||OR||OSAC Private Scholarships: March 1 2020. Oregon Opportunity Grant: ASAP after October 1 2019. Other deadlines vary. Check with financial aid office or oregonstudentaid.gov|
|Pennsylvania||PA||May 1 2020 (date received); for some community college and trade school programs - August 1 2020|
|Rhode Island||RI||Check with the financial aid office.|
|South Carolina||SC||Tuition Grants - June 30 2020 (date received), SC Commission on Higher Education - ASAP after October 1 2019 as awards made until money is depleted|
|South Dakota||SD||Check with college financial aid administrator|
|Tennessee||TN||February 1 2020 for prior year State Grant and Tennessee Promise 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 2020 and spring and summer terms Feb 1 2021|
|Texas||TX||Jan 15 2020 for priority consideration (date application received). Check with financial aid office for 2 year colleges and private colleges.|
|Utah||UT||Check with college financial aid administrator for FAFSA due date|
|Vermont||VT||ASAP after October 1 2019 as awards made until money is depleted|
|Virginia||VA||Check with college financial aid administrator|
|Washington||WA||ASAP after October 1 2019 as awards made until money is depleted|
|West Virginia||WV||Promise Scholarship - March 1 2020, new applicants submit additional application. WV Higher Education Grant Program - April 15 2020.|
|Wisconsin||WI||Check with college financial aid administrator|
|Wyoming||WY||Check with college financial aid administrator|
FAFSA Deadline Source: FAFSA, US Department of Education, Federal Student Aid
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