FAFSA deadlines are set by federal and state agencies, as well as individual school
financial aid offices, and vary widely. Some schools have deadlines as early as
the second week in January!
Additionally, applicants have to pay particular attention to deadline specifics,
as some refer to the date by which individual FAFSAs must be submitted
(Transaction Receipt Date), while others refer to the date by which individual FAFSAs
must be fully processed (completed by the federal processor, signed and
made available to the school financial aid office).
It pays to file early!
No matter what your individual state or school filing deadline, when it comes to
your FAFSA, the sooner you file after January 1st each year (the date that the federal
processor begins accepting applications), the better!
Many types of financial aid (particularly need-based aid, including grants, loans
and work-study programs) are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served
basis. Therefore, the sooner your FAFSA is fully processed and released
to your school's financial aid administrators, the better your chances of receiving
consideration for the maximum amount of financial aid for which you may be eligible.
File a FAFSA