2017 - 2018 FAFSA Deadlines: Due Dates for Federal and State Filing

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To determine which FAFSA to file, and when you should file in order to maximize your federal and state aid funds, keep reading.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for federal grants and student loans. Many states also rely on the information provided in the FAFSA to determine a student’s eligibility for state aid, including grants and scholarships.

Which FAFSA Should You File?

Which FAFSA Should You File?

When Should You File?

You should file the FAFSA as early as possible. The table above can help you to determine which FAFSA you need to file.

State FAFSA deadlines may be earlier than the federal deadlines. To increase your chances of receiving state aid, in addition to federal aid, it is important to know the deadline for your state of residence. Three states have deadlines in February, twelve states have deadlines in March and ten states award state student aid on a first-come, first-served basis until the money runs out.

States may also have their own additional financial aid application forms to complete.

To be on the safe side, file as early as possible!

FAFSA Deadlines by State

Please note:

  • The state FAFSA deadlines may have already passed. If so, prepare for next year’s form by adding a reminder to your calendar. Most state deadlines remain similar year after year.
  • State forms do not replace filling out the FAFSA. You must fill out the FAFSA to receive federal student aid.
  • The state deadline to note is that of your state of legal residence.
  • Additional forms may be required. Contact your high school’s counselor, your college’s financial aid administrator or your state agency for more information.
  • Applicants should keep a copy of their submission of the FAFSA as well as any additional state forms.
  • Applicants should obtain a Certificate of Mailing and/or Delivery Confirmation for forms sent by postal mail.
  • Date received means received by the U.S. Department of Education, unless otherwise indicated.

State Financial Aid Deadlines

The table below is intended to educate students on state deadlines. It is always best to confirm state-related information with your high school counselor, financial aid advisor, or applicable state agency.

State / Territory 2017-2018 Deadlines 2018-2019 Deadlines
Alabama1 AL Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Alaska1 AK For AK Education Grant - As early as possible after October 1, 2016

For AK Performance Scholarship - June 30, 2017
For AK Education Grant - As early as possible after Oct. 1, 2017

For AK Performance Scholarship - June 30, 2018

American Samoa2 AS Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid adminstrator
Arizona AZ Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Arkansas AR For Academic Challenge and Higher Education Opportunity Grant - June 1, 2017 (date received)

For Workforce Grant - check with your financial aid administrator

For Academic Challenge and Higher Education Opportunity Grant - June 1, 2018 (date received)

For Workforce Grant - check with your financial aid administrator

California CA

For initial awards - March 2, 2017 (date postmarked)

For additional community college awards - September 2, 2017 - (date postmarked)

(If you are a non-citizen without a Social Security card or had one issued through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at caldreamact.org. DO NOT fill out a FAFSA.)

Contact the California Student Aid Commission or your financial aid administrator for more information

For initial awards - March 2, 2018 (date postmarked)

For additional community college awards - Sept. 2, 2018 - (date postmarked)

(If you are a non-citizen without a Social Security card or had one issued through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at caldreamact.org. DO NOT fill out a FAFSA.)

Contact the California Student Aid Commission or your financial aid administrator for more information
Colorado CO Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid adminstrator
Connecticut12 CT February 15, 2017 (date received) February 15, 2018 (date recieved)
Delaware DE April 15, 2017 (date received) April 15, 2018 (date recieved)
District of Columbia2 DC May 1, 2017 (date received)

For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit additional supporting documents on or before May 31, 2017.
May 1, 2018 (date recieved)

For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit additional supporting documents on or before May 31, 2018.
Federated States of Micronesia2 FM Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid adminstrator
Florida FL May 15, 2017 (date processed) May 15, 2018 (date processed)
Georgia GA Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid adminstrator
Guam2 GU Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid adminstrator
Hawaii2 HI Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid adminstrator
Idaho2 ID Opportunity Grant - March 1, 2017 (date received) Opportunity Grant - May 1, 2018 (date recieved)
Illinois IL As soon as possible after October 1, 2016. As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.
Indiana IN March 10, 2017 (date received) April 15, 2018 (date recieved)
Iowa2 IA July 1, 2017 (date received); earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs. July 1, 2018 (date recieved); earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs.
Kansas2 KS April 1, 2017 (date received) April 1, 2018 (date recieved)
Kentucky1 KY As soon as possible after October 1, 2016. As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.
Louisiana LA July 1, 2018 (July 1, 2017 recommended) July 1, 2019 (July 1, 2018 recommended)
Maine ME May 1, 2017 (date received) May 1, 2018 (date recieved)
Marshall Islands2 MH Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid adminstrator
Maryland MD March 1, 2017 (date received) March 1, 2018 (date recieved)
Massachusetts MA May 1, 2017 (date received) May 1, 2018 (date recieved)
Michigan MI March 1, 2017 (date received) March 1, 2018 (date recieved)
Minnesota MN 30 days after term starts (date received) 30 days after term starts (date recieved)
Mississippi MS MTAG and MESG Grants - September 15, 2017 (date received)

HELP Scholarship - March 31, 2017 (date received)
MTAG and MESG Grants - September 15, 2018 (date recieved)

HELP Scholarship - March 31, 2018 (date recieved)
Missouri1 MO February 1, 2017. Applications accepted through April 2, 2017. February 1, 2018. Applications accepted through April 2, 2018.
Montana2 MT Check with your financial aid adminstrator Check with your financial aid adminstrator
Nebraska NE Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Nevada12 NV Silver State Opportunity Grant - As soon as possible after October 1, 2016.

All other aid - Check with your financial aid administrator
Silver State Opportunity Grant - As soona s possible after October 1, 2017.

All other aid - Check with your financial aid administrator
New Hampshire2 NH Check with your financial aid administrator
Check with your financial aid administrator
New Jersey NJ 2016-2017 Tuition Aid Grant recipients - April 15, 2017 (date received)

All other applications:

Fall & Spring terms, September 15, 2017

Spring term only, February 15, 2018
2017-2018 Tuition Aid Grant recipeints - April 15, 2018 (date recieved)

All other applications:

Fall & Spring terms, September 15, 2018

Spring term only, February 15, 2019
New Mexico1 NM Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
New York2 NY June 30, 2018 (date received) June 30, 2019 (date recieved)
North Carolina1 NC As soon as possible after October 1, 2016. As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.
North Dakota1 ND As soon as possible after October 1, 2016.
As soon as possible after October 1, 2018.
Northern Mariana Islands2 MP Check with your financial aid administrator April 30, 2018
Ohio OH October 1, 2017 (date received) October 1, 2018 (date recieved)
Oklahoma12 OK As soon as possible after October 1, 2016.
As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.
Oregon12 OR

OSAC Private Scholarships - March 1, 2017.

Oregon Promise Grant - Fall term, April 1, 2017, contact state agency.

Oregon Opportunity Grant - As soon as possible after October 1, 2016.

Deadlines vary by program. Visit OregonStudentAid.gov for more information.
Palau2 PW Check with your financial aid administrator
Check with your financial aid administrator
Pennsylvania2 PA All first-time applicants at a community college; a business/trade/technical school; designated Pennsylvania Open-Admission institution; or a hospital school of nursing; or enrolled in a non-transferable two-year program - August 1, 2017 (date received)

All other applicants - May 1, 2017 (date received)
All first-time applicants at a community college; a business/trade/technical school; designated Pennsylvania Open-Admission institution, or a hospital school or nursing; or enrolled in a non-transferable two-year program - August 1, 2018 (date recieved)

All other applicants - May 1, 2018 (date recieved)
Puerto Rico PR Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Rhode Island2 RI Check with your financial aid administrator
Check with your financial aid administrator
South Carolina1 SC Tuition Grants - June 30, 2017 (date received)

SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based grants - As soon as possible after October 1, 2016.
Tuition Grants - June 30, 2018 (date recieved)

SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based grants - As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.
South Dakota2 SD Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Tennessee22 TN State Grant - January 17, 2017. Eligible prior-year recipients receive priority, and all other awards made to neediest applicants until funds are depleted.

For State Lottery - Fall term, September 1, 2017 (date received)

Spring & summer terms, February 1, 2018 (date received)

For TN Promise -  January 17, 2017
State Grant - January 16, 2018. Eligible prior-year recipients receive priority, and all other awards made to neediest applicants until funds are depleted.

For State Lottery - Fall term, September 1, 2018 (date received)

Spring & summer terms, February 1, 2019 (date received)

For TN Promise -  January 16, 2018
Texas2 TX As soon as possible after October 1, 2016 (date received)

Texas public colleges - March 15, 2017

Texas private colleges - Check with your financial aid administrator
As soon as possible after October 1, 2017 (date received)

Texas public colleges - March 15, 2018

Texas private colleges - Check with your financial aid administrator
U.S. Virgin Islands2 VI Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Utah UT Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Vermont12 VT As soon as possible after October 1, 2016. As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.
Virginia2 VA Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid adminstrator
Washington1 WA As soon as possible after October 1, 2016. As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.
West Virginia2 WV For PROMISE Scholarship - March 1, 2017. New applicants must also submit additional application at www.cfwv.com. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

For WV Higher Education Grant Program - April 15, 2017
For PROMISE Scholarship - March 1, 2018. New applicants must also submit additional application at www.cfwv.com. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

For WV Higher Education Grant Program - April 15, 2018
Wisconsin WI Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Wyoming2 WY Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator

1Awards made until funds are depleted

2Additional forms may be required. When possible, Edvisors has linked to the applicable site.

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