2015 – 2016 FAFSA Deadlines


FAFSA Deadlines

January 1st marks the start of FAFSA season. Fill out your FAFSA as early as possible. Funds are distributed on a first come, first serve basis – and the money runs out. The dates below are deadlines, but get your applications in as soon as possible. If you wait till the deadline, you may not get anything, even if you have proof of financial need.


Federal Deadlines:

Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2016. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 17, 2016.

State Deadlines:

Each state has a different deadline. See the listing below.

College 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 its definition of an application deadline – whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

Below is a brief list of deadlines. If your state doesn’t appear, contact your school’s financial aid office. Assume all dates are 2015 unless specified otherwise:

  • Arkansas — June 1
  • California — March 2
  • Connecticut — Feb. 15
  • Delaware: April 15
  • Washington, D.C. — April 1
  • Florida — May 15
  • Idaho — March 1
  • Indiana — March 10
  • Iowa — July 1
  • Kansas — April 1
  • Louisiana — June 30, 2016
  • Maine — May 1
  • Maryland — March 1
  • Massachusetts — May 1
  • Michigan — March 1
  • Missouri — April 1
  • Montana — March 1
  • New Jersey — June 1
  • New York — June 30, 2016
  • North Dakota — April 15
  • Oklahoma — March 1
  • Rhode Island — March 1
  • South Carolina — June 30
  • Tennessee — March 1

For the complete lists of states and their deadline check out:  https://fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1516/pdf/Deadlines.pdf

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