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
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.
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|
FAFSA Deadline Source: FAFSA, US Department of Education, Federal Student Aid
FAFSA Application - The 2017-18 FAFSA application is available now (starting October 1 2016).