When should you apply for Federal Financial Aid for college? The short answer is … it depends.
There are school deadlines, state deadlines, and a federal deadline. An easy rule of thumb to remember is: You should submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) based on the earliest due date possible.
If you plan to attend college between starting in August or September, and you want to be considered for financial aid, your deadline could be as early as May!
You don't have to wait until you or your parents file your taxes to submit your FAFSA; you can estimate your tax information and update your FAFSA later.
For college deadlines, visit the school's website or contact its financial aid office.
Check out the table below for information about states with first-come, first-served programs and information for states and territories that require checking in with your school's financial aid office.
For more specific deadline information from your state of legal residence, use this easy FAFSA deadlines tool.
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