For the 2011-2012 school year, your FAFSA application must be submitted no later than June 30, 2012. For the 2012-2013 school year, you must wait until January 1, 2012 to submit the FAFSA but no later than June 30, 2013.


The Federal FAFSA Deadline is June 30 each year. The U.S. Department of Education deems an application’s receipt date and time to be when the application (correction, if any) has been successfully submitted.

In general, most schools, agencies and scholarship providers will expect that your financial aid applications are completed no later than June 30 or filed no later than April 1 in order to meet the “priority” deadline.

It’s also important for you to understand the difference between state1 and federal deadlines. FAFSA deadlines differ by state, with the earliest on Feb. 15 in Connecticut, quickly followed by California, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland and Michigan in early March, to name a few.

There are also six (6) states — Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont that award state grants on a first-come, first-served basis until the money runs out.2

Typically the FAFSA deadline for the state and school may be earlier than the federal deadline, so it’s wise to check with the financial aid office of the school(s) you are interested in attending as each school may have a different deadline for FAFSA.

FAFSA Deadline by State for 2012-2013 Academic Year

STATE
DEADLINE
REMARKS
Alabama
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Alaska
June 30, 2012
Education Grant & AK Performance Scholarship
Arizona
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Arkansas
June 1, 2012
For Academic Challenge
For Higher Education Opportunity Grant
For Workforce Grant; check with your financial aid administrator.
California
March 2, 2012
September 2, 2012
Initial awards (date received)
Additional community college awards (date postmarked)
Colorado
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Connecticut
February 15, 2012
Delaware
April 15, 2012
District of Columbia
June 30, 2012
May 15, 2012
Date received.
For priority consideration (date received)
Florida
May 15, 2012
Date processed
Georgia
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Hawaii
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Idaho
March 1, 2012
Opportunity Grant
For priority consideration (date received)
Illinois
As soon as possible after January 1, 2012.
Awards made until funds are depleted.
Indiana
March 10, 2012
Date received
Iowa
July 1, 2012
Date received; earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs.
Kansas
April 1, 2012
Date received
Kentucky
As soon as possible after January 1, 2012.
Awards made until funds are depleted.
Louisiana
July 1, 2012
Date received
Maine
May 1, 2012
Date received
Maryland
March 1, 2012
Date received
Massachusetts
May 1, 2012
Date received
Michigan
March 1, 2012
Date received
Minnesota
30 days after term starts
Mississippi
March 31, 2012
September 15, 2012
HELP Scholarship
MTAG and MESG Grants
Missouri
April 2, 2012
Date received
Nebraska
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Nevada
Check with your financial aid administrator.
New Hampshire
New Jersey
June 1, 2012
2011-2012 Tuition Aid Grant recipients & all other applicants for fall and spring terms.
March 1, 2013
All other applicants for spring term only
New York
June 30, 2013
Date received
North Carolina
As soon as possible after January 1, 2012.
Awards made until funds are depleted.
North Dakota
April 15, 2012
Date received; early priority deadlines may exist for institutional programs.
Ohio
October 1, 2012
Date received
Oklahoma
March 1, 2012
Date received
Oregon
February 1, 2012
March 1, 2012
Oregon Opportunity Grant
OSAC Private Scholarships
Pennsylvania
May 1, 2012
August 1, 2012
Date received; except for
first-time applicants at a community college; a business/trade/technical school; a hospital school of nursing; or enrolled in a non-transferable 2-year program.
Puerto Rico
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Rhode Island
March 1, 2012
Date received
South Carolina
June 30, 2012
Tuition Grants (date received)
As soon as possible after January 1, 2012.
SC Commission on Higher Education; awards made until funds are depleted.
South Dakota
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Tennessee
As soon as possible after January 1, 2012.
For State Grant; awards made until funds are depleted.
September 1, 2012
For State Lottery (date received)
Texas
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Utah
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Vermont
As soon as possible after January 1, 2012.
Awards made until funds are depleted.
Virginia
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Washington
Check with your financial aid administrator.
West Virginia
March 1, 2012
April 16, 2012
Promise Scholarship (date received)
WV Higher Education Grant Program (date received)
Wisconsin
Check with your financial aid administrator.
Wyoming
Check with your financial aid administrator.

You may also want to ask your school about their definition of an application deadline – whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed so you can be absolutely sure your forms are submitted on time.

As long as your FAFSA is submitted by the federal deadline of June 30, you may be qualified to receive federal grants, loans and other financial aid. If you miss your state’s deadline, you may still qualify for federal aid, but not for state-funded aid programs.

Regardless what your state and college require in terms of deadline, it’s almost always in your best interest to submit your FAFSA sooner rather than later.

Update: Thanks to growing budget deficits and rising demand for financial aid, many cash-strapped states have cut student aid, while colleges have been raising tuition.

So to increase your chance of receiving aid this year, fill out the FAFSA as early as possible before the state runs out of aid.

References
  1. The state deadline for financial aid is that of your state of legal residence. []
  2. Source: Fafsa Q. and A. by Mark Kantrowitz []
Note: The information provided on this site is of a general nature and may not apply to your situation. Contact your financial aid administrator before acting on such information.