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Federal FAFSA Deadlines

The deadline for federal student aid is June 30th of the academic year in which you are enrolled in.

But the earlier you apply, the better, because some funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. You can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at any time, including while you are enrolled in college.

If you don’t fill out your FAFSA application, you may lose out on financial aid and free money for college. Your completed FAFSA application will help make you eligible for federal financial aid programs. In addition, your state and college may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you’re eligible for additional college financing.

State FAFSA deadlines

Make sure you don’t miss financial aid deadlines. States and schools have different financial aid deadlines. To be on the safe side, you should fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can after October 1st of the year before you plan to attend college, because some funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

College FAFSA deadlines

Check with the colleges you are applying to about their particular deadlines. Each college may have a different deadline for student financial aid. The earlier you apply for funds, the better.

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Every student and their family has their own unique path towards paying for college. Build your overall plan with the College Planning CalculatorSM, a free tool that helps calculate the expected cost of college and how you will successfully pay for it with savings, income, scholarships, grants, and loans.

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Next steps

Now that you know what the FAFSA is, and how vital it is to getting financial aid, you need to know how to apply for it.

How to apply for the FAFSA

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