The FAFSA is the federal application for financial aid, but it is also used to apply for aid from other sources, such as your state or school.

Schools and states often use the FAFSA information to also award nonfederal aid. Their deadlines are usually early in the year. You can find state deadlines at FAFSA on the Web or on the paper FAFSA. Check with the schools you're interested in for their deadlines.


Federal Student Financial Aid Deadlines

The 2011-2012 School Year (July 1st, 2011 - June 30th, 2012)

FAFSA applications must be submitted by midnight CDT, June 30, 2012.

Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight CDT, September 15, 2012.

Note: Your school must have your complete and correct information by your last day of enrollment in the 2011-2012 school year.

Pay close attention to deadlines! Ask your school about their definition of an application deadline - whether it is the receipt date and time or the process date and time of the application.

Federal Student Aid considers a FAFSA's receipt date and time to be when the FAFSA/correction is submitted successfully.

TIP: When you submit your FAFSA, be sure to print out the confirmation page and keep it for your records. It contains a confirmation number with the exact date and time (Central Standard Time) the form was received. You can also choose to have a copy e-mailed to you if you have provided an e-mail address.

Note: Transactions must be completed and accepted by midnight to meet the deadline. If you wait too long to submit your application and it is rejected, you may miss your school's deadline.

State Student Financial Aid Deadlines

State deadlines may be earlier than the federal deadline and vary according to state.

Click Here to see state deadlines for the 2011-2012 school year.

College Financial Aid Deadlines

Each college may have a different deadline. Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about their definition of an application deadline, whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

Click Here to go to the FAFSA homepage.