FAFSA Deadline

Every year, students lose out on grants and loans by being late with their FAFSA applications. Don’t be one of them. Check your state’s deadline below.

It’s that time of year again. Taxes, and FAFSAs.

FAFSAs begin to be accepted the first of every year – and that’s the best possible time to get them in. Many states give out money on a first-come first-serve basis, so the earlier, the better.

Here are 5 tips on how to fill out the FAFSA application forms.

Of course, it’s not always possible to get your FAFSA in on the first of the year. Maybe it makes the most sense to apply using your most recent tax returns – which means waiting until you’ve received all your W-2s and 1099s. Fair enough – wait a month, and you’ll still be near the top of the list.

But by now, you should have received all your relevant tax forms. What’s more, at this point, deadlines start to hit (Connecticut’s deadline was February 15th). No one enjoys filling out these forms, but at this point, procrastination is no longer an option. You’ve got to fill them out now – or risk losing money through delay.

To that end, we’re bringing you a master list of state deadlines for FAFSA applications. The closer you get to the deadline, the worse your odds of getting a full payout. Miss the deadline, and you guarantee zero cash for yourself.

This is a hugely helpful list – but it doesn’t contain every relevant date. Each university has its own FAFSA deadlines; make sure you check with the financial aid office to find out when that is in your particular case. Often, the school has an earlier date than the state, so don’t put this off – do it immediately.

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Finally, this may seem obvious, but be sure you’re filling out the proper FAFSA application. The years listed are for the academic year – not the year applied. Every deadline there are students who fill out the wrong form.  Try not to be one of them.

Below we’ve added a master list of each states’ FAFSA deadlines, for your reference.

To your successful college funding,

Jodi Polster
Education Director, CollegeMadeSimple.com

 

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When to Apply for the FAFSA

FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions

8 Vital Questions Every Parent Must Ask Colleges Before Applying for Financial Aid

 

State Financial Aid Deadlines 2011-12 –

  • The state deadline to note is that of your state of legal residence.
  • Date received means received by the U.S. Department of Education, unless otherwise indicated.
  • * Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
  • ^ Applicants encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing.
  • # For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
  • @ Deadline by midnight, Central Daylight Time.
  • & Deadline by midnight, Central Standard Time.
Alabama Check with your financial aid administrator
Alaska June 30, 2012
American Samoa Check with your financial aid administrator*
Arizona Check with your financial aid administrator
Arkansas For Academic Challenge – June 1, 2012 @For Workforce Grant – check with your financial aid administratorFor Higher Education Opportunity Grant – June 1, 2011 (fall term) @; November 1, 2012 (spring term) @
California For initial awards – March 2, 2012 ^*For additional community college awards – September 2, 2012 – date postmarked ^*
Colorado Check with your financial aid administrator
Connecticut February 15, 2012 #*
Delaware April 15, 2012 @
District of Columbia June 30, 2012 @#*
Federated States of Micronesia Check with your financial aid administrator*
Florida May 15, 2012 – date processed
Georgia Check with your financial aid administrator
Guam Check with your financial aid administrator*
Hawaii Check with you financial aid administrator*
Idaho Opportunity Grant – March 1, 2012 @#*
Illinois As soon as possible after January 1, 2011. Awards made until funds are depleted.
Indiana March 10, 2012 &
Iowa July 1, 2012 @; earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs.
Kansas April 1, 2012 @#*
Kentucky As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
Louisiana July 1, 2012 (recommended)
Maine May 1, 2012
Marshall Islands Check with your financial aid administrator*
Maryland March 1, 2012 &
Massachusetts May 1, 2012 @#
Michigan March 1, 2012 &
Minnesota 30 days after term starts @
Mississippi MTAG and MESG Grants – September 15, 2012 @#HELP Scholarship – March 31, 2012 @#
Missouri April 1, 2012 @#
Montana March 1, 2012 #&
Nebraska Check with your financial aid administrator*
Nevada Check with your financial aid administrator*
New Hampshire May 1, 2012 @
New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant recipients – June 1, 2012 @All other applications – October 1, 2012, for fall and spring terms @;March 1, 2013, for spring term only @
New Mexico Check with your financial aid administrator*
New York June 30, 2012 @^*
North Carolina Check with your financial aid administrator
North Dakota March 15, 2012 &#
Northern Mariana Islands Check with your financial aid administrator*
Ohio October 1, 2012 @
Oklahoma March 15, 2012
Oregon OSAC scholarship – March 1, 2012 &Oregon Opportunity Grant – As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
Palau Check with your financial aid administrator*
Pennsylvania All first-time applicants at a community college: a business/trade/technical school; a hospital school of nursing; or enrolled in a non-transferable 2-year program – August 1, 2012, by midnight central time. @*
Puerto Rico Check with your financial aid administrator
Rhode Island March 1, 20112 &#
South Carolina Tuition Grants – June 30, 2012 @SC Commission on Higher Education – As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
South Dakota Check with your financial aid administrator*
Tennessee For State Grant – As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.For State Lottery – September 1, 2012@#
Texas Check with your financial aid administrator*
U.S. Virgin Islands Check with your financial aid administrator*
Utah Check with your financial aid administrator
Vermont Check with your financial aid administrator*
Virginia Check with your financial aid administrator*
Washington Check with your financial aid administrator
West Virginia April 15, 2012 @#*
Wisconsin Check with your financial aid administrator
Wyoming Check with your financial aid administrator*
Texas Check with your financial aid administrator*
U.S. Virgin Islands Check with your financial aid administrator*
Utah Check with your financial aid administrator
Vermont Check with your financial aid administrator*
Virginia Check with your financial aid administrator*
Washington Check with your financial aid administrator
West Virginia April 15, 2012 @#*
Wisconsin Check with your financial aid administrator
WyomingSource: Fafsaonline.com Check with your financial aid administrator*
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