Important financial aid deadlines to know

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is a form  students can fill out each school year to apply for grants, work-study,  or federal student loans from the government.

What Is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is the application for federal student aid from the US government.

Generally, it makes sense to submit the FAFSA promptly after the October 1st application release.

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File Your FAFSA for Next Year Close to October 1

Students must file the FAFSA no later than June 30th for the previous school year.

File Your FAFSA for Last Year by June 30

Students typically have around 21 months to file the FAFSA, but individual schools may have their own earlier deadlines.

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Institutional FAFSA Deadlines


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