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FAFSA Deadlines 2021-2022 (Federal and State)

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 and schools rely on the information provided in the FAFSA to determine a student’s eligibility for state and institutional school aid, as well.

FAFSA Deadlines

There are three FAFSA deadlines you need to keep in mind. The most important FAFSA deadline will be the one with the earliest date.

When Is the FAFSA Due?

The most important FAFSA deadline is the FAFSA deadline which comes first. To be on the safe side, you do want to file the FAFSA as soon as possible. As long as the FAFSA you need to file is open, there is no such thing as filing your FAFSA too early.

Which FAFSA Should You File?

Federal student aid has an award year that runs from July 1 to June 30. The FAFSA has a 21-month application cycle that begins on October 1, nine months before the start of the award year, and ends on June 30, the last day of the award year. Because of the way the application cycle works, there is an overlap of a few months, so you may see a choice between two FAFSA applications when you log in.

Here's how to determine which FAFSA to file:

FAFSA State Deadline, FAFSA School Deadline, FAFSA Federal Deadline 

FAFSA Deadline by State

State FAFSA deadlines may be earlier than the federal deadline. 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. See the table below.

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

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

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.

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FAFSA Deadline by School

The next deadline to look up is your school’s deadline. The best place to look is on the school’s financial aid page. If you are having trouble finding it, you should give the school a call.

If you’re applying to multiple schools, you will need to look up the deadline for each school. And the most important deadline is the earliest one!

Federal FAFSA Deadline

And finally, the deadline to keep in mind, the federal deadline which is June 30 of the end of the award year. For example, for the 2020-2021 FAFSA the 2020-2021 award year is July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. So the federal deadline for the 2020-2021 FAFSA is June 30, 2021.

The federal deadline for the 2021-2022 FAFSA is June 30, 2022.

If you are confused about which FAFSA you should complete, you should contact your financial aid office.

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 2020-2021 Deadlines 2021-2022 Deadlines
Alabama1 AL Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Alaska1 AK AK Education Grant - As early as possible after Oct. 1, 2019

AK Performance Scholarship - June 30, 2020

AK Education Grant - As early as possible after Oct. 1, 2020

AK Performance Scholarship - June 30, 2021
American Samoa 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, 2020 (date received)

For Workforce Grant - check with your financial aid administrator

Academic Challenge: July 1, 2021, by midnight CT

ArFuture Grant (fall term): July 1, 2021, by midnight CT

ArFuture Grant (spring term): Jan. 10, 2022, by midnight CT
California CA For initial awards - March 2, 2020 (date postmarked)

For additional community college awards - Sept. 2, 2020 - (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 dream.csac.ca.gov. You do not need to fill out a FAFSA to be eligible for California student financial aid.)

Contact the California Student Aid Commissionor your financial aid administrator for more information.)

For many state financial aid programs: March 2, 2021 (date postmarked)

Cal Grant also requires submission of a school-certified GPA by March 2, 2021

For additional community college Cal Grants - September 2, 2021 - (date postmarked)

(If you’re a noncitizen without a Social Security card or had one issued through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at dream.csac.ca.gov.

Contact the California Student Aid Commission csac.ca.gov 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 Feb. 15, 2020 (date received) Feb. 15, 2021, by midnight CT for priority consideration; additional forms might be required
Delaware DE April 15, 2020 (date received) April 15, 2021, by midnight CT
District of Columbia2 DC May 1, 2020 (date received)

For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit additional supporting documents on or before May 31, 2020.

May 1, 2021 (date received), for priority consideration

For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit additional supporting documents on or before May 31, 2021, for priority consideration.

Federated States of Micronesia FM Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Florida FL May 15, 2020 (date processed) May 15, 2021 (date processed)
Georgia GA Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Guam GU Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Hawaii HI Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Idaho ID Opportunity Grant - March 1, 2020 Opportunity Grant - March 1, 2021, by midnight CT
Illinois IL As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019 As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020
Indiana2 IN

Frank O'Bannon Grant and 21st Century Scholarship Grant - Oct. 1, 2020 (date received)

Adult Student Grant- as soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020

Workforce Ready Grant - as soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019

Adult Student Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020. New applicants must submit additional forms at ScholarTrack.IN.gov

Workforce Ready Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020

Frank O'Bannon Grant: April 15, 2021

21st Century Scholarship: April 15, 2021

Iowa IA July 1, 2020 (date received); earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs July 1, 2021 by midnight CT; earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs
Kansas2 KS April 1, 2020 (date received) April 1, 2021 (date received)
Kentucky1 KY As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019 As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020
Louisiana LA July 1, 2021 (July 1, 2020 recommended) July 1, 2022 (July 1, 2021 recommended)
Maine ME May 1, 2020 (date received) May 1, 2021, by midnight CT
Marshall Islands MH Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Maryland MD March 1, 2020 (date received) March 1, 2021, by midnight CT
Massachusetts MA May 1, 2020 (date received) For priority consideration, May 1, 2021, by midnight CT
Michigan MI March 1, 2020 (date received) March 1, 2021, by midnight CT
Minnesota MN 30 days after term starts (date received) 30 days after term starts, by midnight CT
Mississippi MS June 1, 2020

MTAG and MESG Grants: Sept. 15, 2021 by midnight CT

HELP Scholarship: April 30, 2021 by midnight CT

Missouri1 MO For priority: Feb. 1, 2020. Applications accepted through April 1, 2020. For priority: Feb. 1, 2021. Applications accepted through April 1, 2021 by midnight CT.
Montana MT For priority consideration, Dec. 1, 2019 - check with financial aid officer For priority consideration, Dec. 1, 2020 - check with financial aid officer
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 Oct. 1, 2019

Nevada Promise Scholarship: April 1, 2020

All other aid: Check with your financial aid administrator
Silver State Opportunity Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020
Nevada Promise Scholarship: March 1, 2021

All other aid: Check with your financial aid administrator
New Hampshire NH Check with your financial aid administrator
Check with your financial aid administrator
New Jersey NJ

2020-2021 Tuition Aid Grant recipients: April 15, 2020 (date received)

All other applications:
Fall & Spring terms - Sept. 15, 2020
Spring term only - February 15, 2021

2021-2022 Tuition Aid Grant recipients: April 15, 2021 by midnight CT

All other applications:
Fall & Spring terms: Sept. 15, 2021, by midnight CT
Spring term only - February 15, 2022, by midnight CT

New Mexico1 NM Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
New York2 NY June 30, 2021 (date received) June 30, 2022, by midnight CT
North Carolina1 NC As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019 As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020
North Dakota1 ND As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019
As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020
Northern Mariana Islands MP April 30, 2020 April 30, 2021, by midnight CT
Ohio OH Oct. 1, 2020 (date received) Oct. 1, 2021, by midnight CT
Oklahoma1 OK As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019
As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020
Oregon1,2 OR Oregon Opportunity Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019
OSAC Private Scholarships: March 1, 2020
Oregon Promise: Contact your state agency
Oregon Opportunity Grant: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020
OSAC Private Scholarships: March 1, 2021
Oregon Promise: Contact your state agency
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: Aug. 1, 2020 (date received)

All other applicants - May 1, 2020 (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: Aug. 1, 2021, by midnight CT

All other applicants - May 1, 2021, by midnight CT

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, 2020 (date received)
SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based grants - As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019
Tuition Grants: June 30, 2021, by midnight CT
SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based grants: As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020
South Dakota2 SD Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Tennessee TN

State Grant: Feb. 1, 2020: Eligible prior-year recipients receive priority, and all other awards made to neediest applicants until funds are depleted.

For State Lottery - Fall term: Sept. 1, 2020, by midnight CT

Spring & summer terms: Feb. 1, 2021 (date received)

For TN Promise - Feb. 2, 2020

State Grant: Feb. 1, 2021: Eligible prior-year recipients receive priority, and all other awards made to neediest applicants until funds are depleted.

For State Lottery - Fall term: Sept. 1, 2021, by midnight CT

Spring & summer terms: Feb. 1, 2022, by midnight CT

For TN Promise: Feb. 1, 2021, by midnight CT

Texas2 TX For priority consideration: Jan. 15, 2020
Private and two-year institutions may have different deadlines
For priority consideration: Jan. 15, 2021
Private and two-year institutions may have different deadlines
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

Regents’ Scholarship: Feb. 1, 2021. For priority, submit your application by Dec. 4, 2020.

Other programs: Check with your financial aid administrator. Awards are made until funds are depleted. Additional forms might be required.

Vermont1,2 VT As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019 As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020
Virginia2 VA Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Washington1 WA As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2019
Students ineligible for federal aid but meet state financial aid program and residency requirements should complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid
As soon as possible after Oct. 1, 2020.
Students ineligible for federal aid but who meet state financial aid program and residency requirements should complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid at readysetgrad.org/wasfa instead of the FAFSA form. Contact the Washington Student Achievement Council (readysetgrad.org/wasfa) or your financial aid administrator for more information.
West Virginia2 WV For PROMISE Scholarship - March 1, 2020
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, 2020

For PROMISE Scholarship - March 1, 2021
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, 2021

Wisconsin WI Check with your financial aid administrator Check with your financial aid administrator
Wyoming 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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