2016-2017 Financial Aid Deadlines

We've got you covered with a complete list of financial aid deadlines, state-by-state, for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 11, 2016

2016-2017 Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial aid can be a confusing topic but the most important thing to remember is to keep track of your deadlines. Deadlines can change depending on whether they are federal or state applications, so it’s important to be able to decipher between the two.

Not sure when your financial aid applications are due? It’s important to be aware that, while deadlines can vary by state, it’s easy to remember the federal financial aid application deadline, because it is the same for everyone: June 30, 2017.

You may have heard about some upcoming changes to the timing of the FAFSA process. While this is true, the changes won’t take effect until next year. That means this year’s FAFSA schedule will remain similar to past years.

Looking for your state’s specific deadline? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with a complete list of financial aid deadlines, state-by-state, for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Before you check out the list and look for your state, it’s important to review the information below. It can help you understand all of the relayed information and ensure you note the correct deadlines for your state!

Important Things to Remember:

This information is for the 2016-2017 school year.

The Federal Aid Deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is June 30, 2017 – no matter what state you live in.

Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2017.

Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 23, 2017.

FAFSA on the Web applications must be submitted before or by midnight, 12:00 a.m. Central Standard Time on June 30, 2017.

State deadlines may be earlier than the federal deadline and do not replace filling out the FAFSA. You must fill out the FAFSA to receive federal student aid. In all cases, it’s best to apply early before funds run out. And, for state or college aid, the deadline may be as early as January 2016.

Note: Your school must have your complete and correct information by your last day of enrollment in the 2016-2017 school year.

Many states do operate on a first-come, first-served basis until funds run out, so it’s always in your best interest to submit the FAFSA as soon it’s available on January 1 of each year!

Also, be sure to check your state’s specific listing for notes so that you can make sure you know if any specific criterion applies (see below criteria)!

In some states, the following criteria applies:

— Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
— Applicants encouraged to obtain proof of mailing.
— For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
— Deadline by midnight, Central Daylight Time.
— Deadline by midnight, Central Standard Time.
— Deadline may be by date received, date postmarked or date form was processed.

Student Financial Aid Deadlines by State:

States from A-D

  • Alabama — Check with your financial aid administrator.
  • Alaska — AK Education Grant – ASAP after January 1, 2016.
    AK Performance Scholarship – due June 30, 2016.
    Notes: Why ASAP? Awards made until funds are depleted.
  • Arizona — Check with your financial aid administrator.
  • Arkansas — Academic Challenge – June 1, 2016 by midnight, CST, (date received).
    Workforce Grant – check with your financial aid administrator.
    Higher Education Opportunity Grant – June 1, 2016 by midnight, CST, (date received).
  • California — For many state financial aid programs, date postmarked must be March 2, 2016.
    Additional community college Cal grants must be postmarked by September 2, 2016.
    Notes: You’re also encouraged to obtain proof of mailing and additional forms may apply.
    If you are a non-citizen holding a Social Security card issued through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or for some other work authorization, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at www.caldreamact.org, NOT a FAFSA form.
  • Colorado — Check with your financial aid administrator.
  • Connecticut — February 15, 2016 (date received)
    Notes: For priority consideration, submit application by the specified date. You’re also encouraged to obtain proof of mailing and additional forms may apply. Contact your financial aid administrator or state agency for additional information.
  • Delaware — April 15, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
  • District of ColumbiaFAFSA completed by April 1, 2016 (date received).
    For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit supporting documents by April 30, 2016.


States from F-L

  • Florida — May 15, 2016 (date processed)
    Notes: This is the date the form must be processed by, not received or postmarked so make sure to leave a little leeway!
  • Georgia — Check with your financial aid administrator.
  • Hawaii — Check with you financial aid administrator.
    Notes: You may need to fill out an additional form.
  • Idaho — Opportunity Grant – March 1, 2016 (date received) by midnight, CST.
    Notes: For priority consideration, submit application by the specified date. Also, an additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or state agency for additional information.
  • IllinoisASAP after January 1, 2016.
    Notes: Why ASAP? Awards made until funds are depleted.
  • Indiana — March 10, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
  • Iowa — July 1, 2016 by midnight, CST.
    Notes: Earlier priority deadlines may apply for certain programs and an additional form may be required.
  • Kansas — April 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
    Notes: For priority consideration, submit application by the specified date. Also, an additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or state agency for additional information.
  • KentuckyASAP after January 1, 2016.
    Notes: Why ASAP? Awards made until funds are depleted.
  • Louisiana — June 30, 2016
    Notes: Turning it in by July 1, 2016 is highly recommended.


States from M-O

  • Maine — May 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
  • Maryland — March 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
  • Massachusetts — May 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
    Notes: For priority consideration, submit application by the specified date.
  • Michigan — March 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
  • Minnesota — 30 days after term starts (by midnight CST) (date received).
  • MississippiMTAG and MESG Grants – September 15, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
    HELP Scholarship – March 31, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
  • Missouri — April 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
  • Montana — March 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
    Notes: For priority consideration, submit application by the specified date.
  • Nebraska — Check with your financial aid administrator.
  • Nevada — Check with your financial aid administrator.
    Notes: An additional form may be required.
  • New Hampshire — Check with your financial aid administrator.
    Notes: An additional form may be required.
  • New Jersey — 2015-2016 Tuition Aid Grant recipients – June 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
    All other applications – October 1, 2016 by midnight, CST for fall and spring terms (date received).
    March 1, 2017 by midnight, CST for spring term only (date received).
  • New Mexico — Check with your financial aid administrator.
  • New York — June 30, 2017 by midnight, CST (date received).
    Notes: An additional form may be required.
  • North CarolinaASAP after January 1, 2016.
    Notes: Why ASAP? Awards made until funds are depleted.
  • North Dakota — April 15, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
    Notes: Earlier priority deadlines may apply for institutional programs and, for priority consideration, submit application by the specified date.
  • Ohio — Check with your financial aid administrator.
    Notes: An additional form may be required.
  • Oklahoma — March 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
    Notes: For priority consideration, submit application by the specified date.
  • OregonOSAC Private Scholarships – March 1, 2016.
    Oregon Opportunity Grant – ASAP after January 1, 2016.
    Notes: Why ASAP? Awards made until funds are depleted.


States from P-T

  • Pennsylvania — All first-time applicants at a community college; a business/trade/technical school; a hospital school of nursing; or enrolled in a non-transferable two-year program – August 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
    All other applicants – May 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
  • Rhode Island — March 1, 2016 by midnight, CST (date received).
    Notes: For priority consideration, submit application by the specified date.
  • South Carolina — Tuition Grants – June 30, 2016 (date received)
    SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based Grants – ASAP after January 1, 2016.
    Notes: Why ASAP? Awards made until funds are depleted.
  • South Dakota — Check with your financial aid administrator.
    An additional form may be required.
  • Tennessee — For State Grant – March 1, 2016 (see notes for details)
    For State Lottery – fall term, September 1, 2016 by midnight CST (date received); spring & summer terms, February 1, 2017 by midnight, CST (date received).
    Notes: Prior-year recipients of State Grant will receive an award, if eligible. All other awards are given to neediest applicants who have met the March 1, 2016 deadline until funds are depleted.
  • Texas — Check with your financial aid administrator.

States from U-W

  • Utah — Check with your financial aid administrator.
  • VermontASAP after January 1, 2016.
    Notes: Why ASAP? Awards made until funds are depleted. An additional form may be required.
  • Virginia— Check with your financial aid administrator.
    Notes: An additional form may be required.
  • WashingtonASAP after January 1, 2016.
    Notes: Why ASAP? Awards made until funds are depleted.
  • West VirginiaPROMISE Scholarship – March 1, 2016. New applicants must submit an additional application, available at CFWV.com. Contact your financial aid administrator or state agency for additional information.
    WV Higher Education Grant Program – April 15, 2016
  • Wisconsin — Check with your financial aid administrator.
  • Wyoming — Check with your financial aid administrator.
    Notes: An additional form may be required.

  • All Other U.S. Territories — Check with your financial aid administrator or state agency for details.

To find out more information regarding financial aid deadlines, visit the FAFSA website.

Information compiled from http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. To complete the FAFSA, go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm.

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