When do you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form?

The 2020–21 FAFSA form became available on Oct. 1, 2019, for the 2020–21 award year (which runs from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021). The 2019–20 FAFSA form became available on Oct. 1, 2018, for the 2019–20 award year (which runs from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020).

FAFSA® Deadlines

There are three FAFSA deadlines you need to know: federal, college, and state.

2020–21 FAFSA® Deadlines
    Federal Deadline
    College Deadlines
    State Deadlines
2019–20 FAFSA® Deadlines
    Federal Deadline
    College Deadlines
    State Deadlines

2020–21 FAFSA® Deadlines

Federal Deadline

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2021. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 11, 2021.

College Deadlines

Each college or career school might have its own deadline. Check with the schools you’re interested in attending. You might also want to ask your school about its definition of an application deadline, whether it is the date the school receives your FAFSA form or the date your FAFSA form is processed.

State Deadlines

Each state has its own deadline.

State

Deadline

Alabama

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Alaska

Alaska Education Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Alaska Performance Scholarship: For priority consideration, submit your application by June 30, 2020. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Alberta

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Alberta.

American Samoa

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Arizona

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Arkansas

Academic Challenge: June 1, 2020, by midnight CT.

Higher Education Opportunity Grant: June 1, 2020, by midnight CT.

Workforce Grant: Check with your financial aid administrator.

British Columbia

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for British Columbia.

California

For many state financial aid programs: March 2, 2020 (date postmarked).

Cal Grant 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.

For additional 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.

Canada

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Canada.

Colorado

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Connecticut

For 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.

Delaware

April 15, 2020, by midnight CT.

District of Columbia

For priority consideration, submit your FAFSA form by May 1, 2020.

For the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG), complete the DC OneApp and submit supporting documents by May 31, 2020, to be given priority consideration.

Federated States of Micronesia

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Florida

May 15, 2020 (date processed).

Foreign Country

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state deadline for foreign countries.

Georgia

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Guam

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Hawaii

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Idaho

Opportunity 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.

Illinois

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Visit isac.org for Monetary Award Program renewal deadline information. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Indiana

Adult Student Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted. New applicants must submit additional forms at ScholarTrack.IN.gov.

Workforce Ready Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019.

Frank O'Bannon Grant: April 15, 2020, by midnight CT.

21st Century Scholarship: April 15, 2020, by midnight CT.

Iowa

July 1, 2020, by midnight CT. Earlier priority deadlines might exist for certain programs. Additional forms might be required.

Kansas

For priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, April 1, 2020. Additional forms might be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

Kentucky

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Louisiana

July 1, 2021 (July 1, 2020 recommended).

Maine

May 1, 2020, by midnight CT.

Manitoba

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Manitoba.

Marshall Islands

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Maryland

March 1, 2020, by midnight CT.

Massachusetts

For priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, May 1, 2020.

Mexico

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state deadline for Mexico.

Michigan

March 1, 2020, by midnight CT.

Minnesota

30 days after term starts, by midnight CT.

Mississippi

June 1, 2020, by midnight CT.

Missouri

For priority consideration, submit your application by Feb. 3, 2020. Applications are accepted through April 1, 2020, at midnight CT.

Montana

For priority consideration, submit your application by Dec. 1, 2019. Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Nebraska

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Nevada

Silver State Opportunity Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Nevada Promise Scholarship: April 1, 2020. Additional forms might be required. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

All other aid: Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

New Brunswick

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for New Brunswick.

New Hampshire

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

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.

All other applicants: Spring term only: Feb. 15, 2021, by midnight CT.

New Mexico

Check with your financial aid administrator.

New York

June 30, 2021, by midnight CT. Additional forms might be required.

Newfoundland

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Newfoundland.

Newfoundland/Labrador

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Newfoundland/Labrador.

North Carolina

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

North Dakota

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

N. Mariana Islands

For priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, April 30, 2020. Additional forms might be required.

Northwest Territories

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Northwest Territories.

Nova Scotia

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Nova Scotia.

Nunavut

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Nunavut.

Ohio

Oct. 1, 2020, by midnight CT.

Oklahoma

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Ontario

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Ontario.

Oregon

Oregon Opportunity Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

OSAC Private Scholarships: March 1, 2020. Additional forms might be required.

Oregon Promise Grant: Contact your state agency. Additional forms might be required.

Palau

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Pennsylvania

All 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.

Prince Edward Island

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Prince Edward Island.

Puerto Rico

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Quebec (PQ)

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Quebec (PQ).

Quebec (QC)

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Quebec (QC).

Rhode Island

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Saskatchewan

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Saskatchewan.

South Carolina

SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based Grants: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Tuition Grants: June 30, 2020, by midnight CT.

South Dakota

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

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).

State Lottery: Spring and summer terms: Feb. 1, 2021 (date received).

Texas

For 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.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Utah

Check with your financial aid administrator. Awards are made until funds are depleted. Additional forms might be required.

Vermont

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted. Additional forms might be required.

Virginia

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Washington

As 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. New applicants must submit additional forms at cfwv.com. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

WV Higher Education Grant Program: April 15, 2020.

Wisconsin

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Wyoming

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Yukon

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state deadline (or province) for Yukon.


2019–20 FAFSA® Deadlines

Federal Deadline

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2020. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 12, 2020.

College Deadlines

Each college or career school might have its own deadline. Check with the schools you’re interested in attending. You might also want to ask your school about its definition of an application deadline, whether it is the date the school receives your FAFSA form or the date your FAFSA form is processed.

State Deadlines

Each state has its own deadline.

State

Deadline

Alabama

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Alaska

Alaska Education Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Alaska Performance Scholarship: For priority consideration, submit your application by June 30, 2019. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Alberta

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Alberta.

American Samoa

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Arizona

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Arkansas

Academic Challenge: June 1, 2019, by midnight CT.

Higher Education Opportunity Grant: June 1, 2019, by midnight CT.

Workforce Grant: Check with your financial aid administrator.

British Columbia

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for British Columbia.

California

For many state financial aid programs: March 2, 2019 (date postmarked).

Cal Grant also requires submission of a school-certified GPA by March 2, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to obtain proof of mailing their GPA and to retain a copy of their GPA form.

For additional community college Cal Grants: Sept. 2, 2019 (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.

Canada

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Canada.

Colorado

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Connecticut

For priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, Feb. 15, 2019. Additional forms might be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

Delaware

April 15, 2019, by midnight CT.

District of Columbia

For priority consideration, your FAFSA form should be completed by May 1, 2019.

For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit supporting documents by May 31, 2019, to be given priority consideration.

Federated States of Micronesia

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Florida

May 15, 2019 (date processed).

Foreign Country

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state deadline for foreign countries.

Georgia

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Guam

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Hawaii

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Idaho

Opportunity Grant: For priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, March 1, 2019. Additional forms might be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

Illinois

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Indiana

Adult Student Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted. New applicants must submit additional forms at ScholarTrack.IN.gov.

Workforce Ready Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018.

Frank O'Bannon Grant: April 15, 2019, by midnight CT.

21st Century Scholarship: April 15, 2019, by midnight CT.

Iowa

July 1, 2019, by midnight CT. Earlier priority deadlines might exist for certain programs. Additional forms might be required.

Kansas

For priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, April 1, 2019. Additional forms might be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

Kentucky

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Louisiana

July 1, 2020 (July 1, 2019 recommended).

Maine

May 1, 2019, by midnight CT.

Manitoba

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Manitoba.

Marshall Islands

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Maryland

March 1, 2019, by midnight CT.

Massachusetts

For priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, May 1, 2019.

Mexico

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state deadline for Mexico.

Michigan

March 1, 2019, by midnight CT.

Minnesota

30 days after term starts, by midnight CT.

Mississippi

HELP Scholarship: March 31, 2019, by midnight CT. Additional forms might be required.

MTAG and MESG Grants: Sept. 15, 2019, by midnight CT. Additional forms might be required.

Missouri

For priority consideration, submit your application by Feb. 1, 2019. Applications are accepted through April 1, 2019, at midnight CT.

Montana

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Nebraska

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Nevada

Silver State Opportunity Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Nevada Promise Scholarship: April 1, 2019. Additional forms might be required. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

All other aid: Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

New Brunswick

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for New Brunswick.

New Hampshire

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

New Jersey

2018–19 Tuition Aid Grant recipients: April 15, 2019, by midnight CT.

All other applicants: Fall and spring terms: Sept. 15, 2019, by midnight CT.

All other applicants: Spring term only: Feb. 15, 2020, by midnight CT.

New Mexico

Check with your financial aid administrator.

New York

June 30, 2020, by midnight CT. Additional forms might be required.

Newfoundland

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Newfoundland.

Newfoundland/Labrador

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Newfoundland/Labrador.

North Carolina

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

North Dakota

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

N. Mariana Islands

For priority consideration, submit your application by midnight CT, April 30, 2019. Additional forms might be required.

Northwest Territories

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Northwest Territories.

Nova Scotia

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Nova Scotia.

Nunavut

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Nunavut.

Ohio

Oct. 1, 2019, by midnight CT.

Oklahoma

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Ontario

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Ontario.

Oregon

Oregon Opportunity Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

OSAC Private Scholarships: March 1, 2019. Additional forms might be required.

Oregon Promise Grant: Contact your state agency. Additional forms might be required.

Palau

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Pennsylvania

All 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, 2019, by midnight CT.

All other applicants: May 1, 2019, by midnight CT. Additional forms might be required.

Prince Edward Island

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Prince Edward Island.

Puerto Rico

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Quebec (PQ)

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Quebec (PQ).

Quebec (QC)

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Quebec (QC).

Rhode Island

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Saskatchewan

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Saskatchewan.

South Carolina

SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based Grants: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Tuition Grants: June 30, 2019, by midnight CT.

South Dakota

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Tennessee

State Grant: Prior-year recipients receive award if eligible and apply by Feb. 1, 2019. All other awards made to neediest applicants. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Tennessee Promise: Feb. 1, 2019 (date received).

State Lottery: Fall term: Sept. 1, 2019 (date received).

State Lottery: Spring and summer terms: Feb. 1, 2020 (date received).

Texas

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018.

Texas public colleges: For priority consideration, submit your application by Jan. 15, 2019. Additional forms might be required.

Texas private colleges: Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Utah

Check with your financial aid administrator. Awards are made until funds are depleted. Additional forms might be required.

Vermont

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted. Additional forms might be required.

Virginia

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Washington

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

West Virginia

PROMISE Scholarship: March 1, 2019. New applicants must submit additional forms at cfwv.com. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

WV Higher Education Grant Program: April 15, 2019.

Wisconsin

Check with your financial aid administrator.

Wyoming

Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms might be required.

Yukon

Contact your financial aid office. There is no state (or province) deadline for Yukon.