Here’s an important reminder if you haven’t filed last year’s FAFSA yet!
The federal government’s deadline for the form has a June 30 deadline
-- but it’s for the following academic year you're applying for.
This means that June 30, 2018 is the federal deadline for the 2017-18 school year. It’s very important to note these dates because the majority of students have likely already submitted a form for this past year. That deadline simply applies to the date in which students are able
to file a FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Again, if you haven’t already submitted a FAFSA form this year, the federal deadline to submit your FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year is coming up on June 30, 2018.
It’s important to note, however, that the form needs to be submitted much earlier if you’re looking to meet financial aid deadlines for the state you live in, at least for the majority of states.
You can find your state’s financial aid deadlines here
Remember, you want to apply as early as possible so you’re able to use your granted financial aid in time for the start of your next school year. Also, many state and institutional grants, scholarships and federal work-study funding are all awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. That means that, when it comes to the FAFSA, the early bird gets the worm.
But, if you’ve missed your state’s deadline, you can
still qualify for federal funding. Just make sure to submit your FAFSA sooner than later.
It’s in your favor to double check your state’s deadlines
. Why? Because some states, like Arkansas and Alaska for example, have later deadlines than others and you still may have time to meet yours!
Already filed your 2017-2018 FAFSA and are looking for the 2018-2019 information? The next FAFSA will be available in October and we’ll always keep you in the know about upcoming releases.
If you’re still curious and want to plan ahead for next year, you can find a comprehensive list of all 2018-2019 federal and state deadlines here