When it comes to filing the FAFSA on time, there are actually several sources that you need to check to know the deadlines. This is because the federal government, the state government, and the individual schools all have their own rules when it comes to student aid. With that in mind, here are three sources to check so that you don’t miss your FAFSA deadline.
- Federal deadline – This is the least of your concerns. You can still access the FAFSA form online up until the end of the school year. So, for example, if you are filing the FAFSA for 2020-21, you will be able to find the form on the FAFSA website until the last day of June in 2021. Unfortunately, if you wait that long, you will have missed state and college deadlines for sure.
- State deadline – Each state sets its own deadline. Since we are located in California, we can confidently tell you that the California State deadline for filing your FAFSA form for the 2020-21 school year is March 2, 2020. That’s more than 15 months before the federal deadline! Follow this link to check the deadline for your state.
- College deadlines – Every college has the right to set its own deadline for when you need to submit the FAFSA form. Often, these dates are even earlier than the state date, so be sure to check with every school you intend to apply to.