FAFSA Deadline

It’s almost that time of year again…time to start filling out those dreaded financial aid forms beginning January 1st before the FAFSA deadline of June 30th.

For those high school seniors who don’t know much about the college financial aid process, the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid is an application that has to be completed annually by college-bound high school seniors and current college students by June30th (the FAFSA deadline).

Understand the FAFSA Form

The purpose of the FAFSA form is to determine how much financial aid each student is eligible for. The types of financial aid available include grants, student loans, and work study programs.

The earliest any student can fill out the FAFSA form is January 1st, and the federal FAFSA deadline is June 30th.

All financial aid is distributed on a first come, first serve basis, so students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA form as close to January 1st as possible, as opposed to procrastinating until the FAFSA deadline.

Completing the FAFSA form early will ensure that you’ll be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid.

In addition to the Federal FAFSA deadline of June 30th, each state also has a FAFSA deadline.

FAFSA Deadline For Each State:

  • AK – AK Education Grant and AK Performance Scholarship – June 30, 2012 (date received)
  • AR Academic Challenge – June 1, 2012 (date received) Workforce Grant – Contact the financial aid office. Higher Education Opportunity Grant – June 1, 2012 (date received)
  • CA Initial awards – March 2, 2012 + * (Additional community college awards – September 2, 2012 (date postmarked) + *)
  • CT – February 15, 2012 (date received) # *
  • DC – June 30, 2012 (date received) * For priority consideration, submit application by May 15, 2012. DE April 15, 2012 (date received)
  • FL – May 15, 2012 (FAFSA deadline – date processed)
  • IA – July 1, 2012 (FAFSA deadline-date received); earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs.
  • ID – Opportunity Grant – March 1, 2012 (FAFSA deadline -date received) # * IL As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
  • IN – March 10, 2012 (FAFSA deadline – date received)
  • KS – April 1, 2012 (FAFSA deadline- date received) # *
  • KY – As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
  • LA – June 30, 2013 (July 1, 2012 recommended FAFSA deadline)
  • MA – May 1, 2012 (date received) #
  • MD – March 1, 2012 (date received)
  • ME – May 1, 2012 (date received)
  • MI – March 1, 2012 (date received)
  • MN – 30 days after term starts (date received)
  • MO – April 2, 2012 (date received)
  • MS – MTAG and MESG Grants – September 15, 2012 (date received) (HELP Scholarship – March 31, 2012 (date received))
  • MT – March 1, 2012 (date received) #
  • NC – As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
  • ND – April 15, 2012 (date received) # Early priority deadlines may exist for institutional programs.
  • NH – NH is not offering a state grant this year.
  • NJ – 2011-2012 Tuition Aid Grant recipients – June 1, 2012 (date received) All other applicants – October 1, 2012, fall & spring terms (date received) – March 1, 2013, spring term only (date received)
  • NY – June 30, 2013 (date received) + *
  • OH – October 1, 2012 (date received)
  • OK – March 1, 2012 (date received) #
  • OR – OSAC Private Scholarships – March 1, 2012 (date received) Oregon Opportunity Grant – February 1, 2012 (date received)
  • PA – All first-time applicants at a community college; a business/trade/technical school; a hospital school of nursing; or enrolled in a non-transferable two-year program – August 1, 2012 (date received) All other applicants – May 1, 2012 (date received) RI March 1, 2012 (date received) #
  • SC – Tuition Grants – June 30, 2012 (date received)
  • SC – Commission on Higher Education – As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
  • TN – State Grant – As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted. State Lottery – September 1, 2012 (date received) #
  • VT – As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted. *
  • WV – Promise Scholarship – March 1, 2012 (date received) # * WV Higher Education Grant Program – April 16, 2012 (date received) #

Check with your financial aid administrator for the FAFSA deadline in these states and territories:

AL, AS *, AZ, CO, FM *, GA, GU *, HI *, MH *, MP *, NE, NM, NV *, PR, PW *, SD *, TX, UT, VA *, VI *, WA, WI and WY *.

Pay attention to the symbols that may be listed after your state FAFSA deadline:

  • # For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
  • + Applicants encouraged to obtain proof of mailing.
  • * Additional form may be required.

Now that we have the FAFSA deadline (federal and state) straight, let’s talk about the FAFSA form itself.

FAFSA Application – What Should I Expect?

The FAFSA application is essentially a questionnaire. It will ask several questions about your financial situation – household size, income, assets, number of students in college, etc.

A lot of this information can be found on your parent’s tax forms, so be sure to have them complete their income taxes prior to filling out the FAFSA form (but most importantly, before the FAFSA deadline).

For more information on the FAFSA, how to fill it out, and the FAFSA deadline, refer to some of my other posts:

And always remember, you should always try to complete your FAFSA form as close to the FAFSA deadline of January 1st as possible. Do not procrastinate!

If you wait until the FAFSA deadline of June 30th, you’ll hinder your chances of getting the most financial aid possible!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.
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