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

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be used to apply for state grants and loans, not just federal student aid. Each state has its own deadlines for the FAFSA.

State FAFSA deadlines may be earlier than the federal deadlines. Some states have very early deadlines. 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 financial aid application forms to complete.

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.
  • Deadlines are typically at midnight, Central Time.
  • Applicants should keep a copy of their submission.
  • 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 for 2017-2018

October 1, 2017 (date received)
State / Territory Deadlines Additional Form May Be Required
Alabama AL Check with your financial aid administrator*
Alaska AK For AK Education Grant - As early as possible after October 1, 2017 *

For AK Performance Scholarship - June 30, 2018
American Samoa AS Check with your financial aid administrator Yes
Arizona AZ Check with your financial aid administrator
Arkansas AR 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, 2018 (date postmarked)

For additional community college awards - September 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.)

Contact the California Student Aid Commission (http://www.csac.ca.gov/) or your financial aid administrator for more information

Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
Colorado CO Check with your financial aid administrator
Connecticut CT February 15, 2018* (date received) Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program (Formerly known as Governor’s Scholarship Program)
Delaware DE April 15, 2018 (date received)
District of Columbia DC May 1, 2018 (date received)

For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit additional supporting documents on or before May 31, 2018. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
DC Tuition Assistance Grant
Federated States of Micronesia FM Check with your financial aid administrator Yes
Florida FL May 15, 2018 (date processed)
Georgia GA Check with your financial aid administrator
Guam GU Check with your financial aid administrator Yes
Hawaii HI Check with your financial aid administrator Yes
Idaho ID Opportunity Grant - March 1, 2018 (date received) Idaho Scholarships
Illinois IL As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.* Awards are made until funds
are depleted.
Indiana IN March 10, 2018 (date received)
Iowa IA July 1, 2018 (date received); earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs.* Iowa Grants
Kansas KS April 1, 2018 (date received) Kansas Comprehensive Grants
Kentucky KY As soon as possible after October 1, 2017. Awards made until funds are depleted.
Louisiana LA July 1, 2019 (July 1, 2018 recommended)
Maine ME May 1, 2018 (date received)
Marshall Islands MH Check with your financial aid administrator* Yes
Maryland MD March 1, 2018 (date received)
Massachusetts MA May 1, 2018 (date received)
Michigan MI March 1, 2018 (date received)
Minnesota MN 30 days after term starts (date received)
Mississippi MS MTAG and MESG Grants - September 15, 2018 (date received)

HELP Scholarship - March 31, 2018 (date received)
Missouri MO February 1, 2018. Applications accepted through April 2, 2018 by midnight, Central Time. Awards made until funds are depleted.
Montana MT March 1, 2017 (date received) Yes
Nebraska NE Check with your financial aid administrator
Nevada NV Silver State Opportunity Grant - As soon as possible after October 1,2017. *

All other aid - Check with your financial aid administrator
Yes
New Hampshire NH Check with your financial aid administrator

Additional forms may be required.
Yes
New Jersey NJ 2017-2018 Tuition Aid Grant recipients - April 15, 2018 (date received)

All other applications:

Fall and & spring terms, September 15, 2018 (date received)

Spring term only, February 15, 2019 (date received)
New Mexico NM Check with your financial aid administrator*
New York NY June 30, 2019* (date received) NY TAP Grants
North Carolina NC As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.*
North Dakota ND As soon as possible after October 1, 2017
Northern Mariana Islands MP April 30, 2018 (date received)* Yes
Ohio OH October 1, 2018 (date received)
Oklahoma OK As soon as possible after October 1, 2017

Additional forms may be required.
Yes
Oregon OR

Check with your financial aid administrator

Palau PW Check with your financial aid administrator

Additional forms may be required.
Yes
Pennsylvania 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, 2018 (date received)

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

SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based grants - As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.*
South Dakota SD Check with your financial aid administrator Yes
Tennessee TN 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 - File the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 16, 2018
http://www.tnpromise.gov/parents.shtml
http://www.tnpromise.gov/students.shtml
Texas TX 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 Islands VI Check with your financial aid administrator* Yes
Utah UT Check with your financial aid administrator*
Vermont VT As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.* Awards made until funds depleted. Additional forms may be required. Yes
Vermont Incentive Grant
Virginia VA Check with your financial aid administrator* Yes
Washington WA As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.*
West Virginia WV 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
West Virginia Higher Education Grant

West Virginia Promise Scholarship
Wisconsin WI Check with your financial aid administrator
Wyoming WY Check with your financial aid administrator Yes

* Awards made until funds are depleted

 

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