FAFSA Deadlines

on February 3, 2017

Most states and colleges use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding financial aid and might have earlier FAFSA deadlines than the federal government.

 

FAFSA Deadlines for Federal Aid

 

To apply for federal student aid, students can file the FAFSA starting on Oct. 1 prior to the award year and ending on June 30 (or the last day of enrollment, whichever comes first) at the end of the award year. For example, the 21-month application period for the 2017-2018 FAFSA began on Oct. 1 and ends on June 30, 2018.

 

The online submission deadline is midnight Central Standard Time. Applications sent by postal or express mail must be received by the U.S. Department of Education by midnight Central Standard Time.

 

If an applicant is mailing a paper FAFSA, they should obtain proof of when the application was mailed and received. USPS tracking and certified mail both provide a record of both the date mailed and the date received. A certificate of mailing is not sufficient, since it records just the date mailed, not the date received.

 

FAFSA Deadlines for State Aid

 

Some states have multiple deadlines for different programs. This table lists the earliest deadline for each state.

 

A total of 14 states award state grants until funds are depleted and/or as soon as possible on or after Oct. 1: Alaska, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Washington. Almost a dozen states have deadlines in January, February or March.

 

State

Deadline

Awards Made Until

Funds Depleted

Alabama

Check with your college

 

Alaska

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

Arizona

Check with your college

 

Arkansas

June 1, 2017

 

California

March 2, 2017 (postmark)

 

Colorado

Check with your college

 

Connecticut

Feb. 15, 2017

 

Delaware

April 15, 2017

 

District of Columbia

May 1, 2017

 

Florida

May 15, 2017

 

Georgia

Check with your college

 

Hawaii

Check with your college

 

Idaho

March 1, 2017

 

Illinois

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

Indiana

March 10, 2017

 

Iowa

July 1, 2017

 

Kansas

April 1, 2017

 

Kentucky

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

Louisiana

July 1, 2017

 

Maine

May 1, 2017

 

Maryland

March 1, 2017

 

Massachusetts

May 1, 2017

 

Michigan

March 1, 2017

 

Minnesota

30 days after term starts

 

Mississippi

March 31, 2017

 

Missouri

April 1, 2017

Yes

Montana

March 1, 2017

 

Nebraska

Check with your college

 

Nevada

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

New Hampshire

Check with your college

 

New Jersey

April 15, 2017

 

New Mexico

Check with your college

 

New York

June 30, 2018

 

North Carolina

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

North Dakota

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

Ohio

Oct. 1, 2017

 

Oklahoma

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

Oregon

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

Pennsylvania

May 1, 2017

 

Rhode Island

March 1, 2017

 

South Carolina

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

South Dakota

Check with your college

 

Tennessee

January 17, 2017

Yes

Texas

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

 

Utah

Check with your college

 

Vermont

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

Virginia

Check with your college

 

Washington

As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2016

Yes

West Virginia

March 1, 2017

 

Wisconsin

Check with your college

 

Wyoming

Check with your college

 

 

FAFSA Deadlines for U.S. Territories

 

The U.S. Department of Education does not publish state deadlines for the U.S. territories, including American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Republic of Palau and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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