FAFSA Deadlines by State: Due Dates for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Filing Period

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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 the FAFSA?

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. In addition to varying deadlines, some states award aid on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 2018-2019 Deadlines 2019-2020 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, 2017

For AK Performance Scholarship - June 30, 2018
For AK Education Grant - As early as possible after Oct. 1, 2018

For AK Performance Scholarship - June 30, 2019

American Samoa2 AS Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator; additional forms may be required
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, 2018 (date received)

For Workforce Grant - check with your financial aid administrator

For Academic Challenge and Higher Education Opportunity Grant - June 1, 2019 (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. 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, 2019 (date postmarked)

For additional community college awards - Sept. 2, 2019 - (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. You do not need to fill out a FAFSA to be eligible for California student financial aid.)

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 administrator
Connecticut1,2 CT February 15, 2018 (date received) February 15, 2019 (date received)
Delaware DE April 15, 2018 (date received) April 15, 2019 (date received)
District of Columbia2 DC May 1, 2018 (date received)

For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit additional supporting documents on or before May 31, 2018.
May 1, 2019 (date received)

For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit additional supporting documents on or before May 31, 2019.
Federated States of Micronesia2 FM Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Florida FL May 15, 2018 (date processed) May 15, 2019 (date processed)
Georgia GA Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Guam2 GU Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Hawaii2 HI Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Idaho2 ID Opportunity Grant - March 1, 2018 (date received) Opportunity Grant - March 1, 2019
Illinois IL As soon as possible after October 1, 2017. As soon as possible after October 1, 2018.
Indiana2
IN April 15, 2018 (date received) Frank O'Bannon Grant and 21st Century Scholarship Grant - April 15, 2019 (date received)
Adult Student Grant- as soon as possible after October 1, 2019
Workforce Ready Grant - as soon as possible after October 1, 2019
Iowa2 IA July 1, 2018 (date received); earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs. July 1, 2019 (date received); earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs.
Kansas2 KS April 1, 2018 (date received) April 1, 2019 (date received)
Kentucky1 KY As soon as possible after October 1, 2017. As soon as possible after October 1, 2018
Louisiana LA July 1, 2019 (July 1, 2018 recommended) July 1, 2020 (July 1, 2019 recommended)
Maine ME May 1, 2018 (date received) May 1, 2019 (date received)
Marshall Islands2 MH Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Maryland MD March 1, 2018 (date received) March 1, 2019 (date received)
Massachusetts MA May 1, 2018 (date received) May 1, 2019 (date received)
Michigan MI March 1, 2018 (date received) March 1, 2019 (date received)
Minnesota MN 30 days after term starts (date received) 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)
MTAG and MESG Grants - October 15, 2019 (date received)

HELP Scholarship - April 30, 2019 (date received)
Missouri1 MO February 1, 2018. Applications accepted through April 2, 2018. February 1, 2019. Applications accepted through April 1, 2019.
Montana2 MT Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Nebraska NE Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Nevada1,2 NV Silver State Opportunity Grant - As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.

All other aid - Check with your financial aid administrator
Nevada Promise Scholarship - April 1 ,2019
Silver State Opportunity Grant - As soon as possible after October 1, 2018.

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 2017-2018 Tuition Aid Grant recipients - April 15, 2018 (date received)

All other applications:

Fall & Spring terms, September 15, 2018

Spring term only, February 15, 2019
2018-2019 Tuition Aid Grant recipients - April 15, 2019 (date recieved)

All other applications:

Fall & Spring terms, September 15, 2019

Spring term only, February 15, 2020
New Mexico1 NM Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
New York2 NY June 30, 2019 (date received) June 30, 2020 (date received)
North Carolina1 NC As soon as possible after October 1, 2017. As soon as possible after October 1, 2018.
North Dakota1 ND As soon as possible after October 1, 2018.
As soon as possible after October 1, 2018.
Northern Mariana Islands2 MP April 30, 2018 April 30, 2018
Ohio OH October 1, 2017 (date received) October 1, 2018 (date received)
Oklahoma1,2 OK As soon as possible after October 1, 2016.
As soon as possible after October 1, 2018.
Oregon1,2 OR

Deadlines vary by program. Visit OregonStudentAid.gov for more information.

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, 2018 (date received)

All other applicants - May 1, 2018 (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, 2019 (date received)

All other applicants - May 1, 2019 (date received)
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, 2018 (date received)

SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based grants - As soon as possible after October 1, 2017.
Tuition Grants - June 30, 2019 (date received)

SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based grants - As soon as possible after October 1, 2018.
South Dakota2 SD Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Tennessee1,2 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 -  January 17, 2018
State Grant - February 1, 2019. 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, 2020 (date received)

For TN Promise -  February 2, 2019
Texas2 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
As soon as possible after October 1, 2018 (date received)

Texas public colleges - January 15, 2019

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
Utah2
UT Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Vermont12 VT As soon as possible after October 1, 2017. As soon as possible after October 1, 2018.
Virginia2 VA Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Washington1 WA As soon as possible after October 1, 2017. As soon as possible after October 1, 2018.
West Virginia2 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
For PROMISE Scholarship - March 1, 2019. 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, 2019
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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