When To Apply

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for most types of financial aid. Students should complete and submit the application to the FAFSA federal processor after January 1 and before our March 1 priority date each year to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid.

Completing the FAFSA late can cause delays in financial aid processing and, since some awards are limited, may limit the financial aid a student will receive. Students who miss the March 1 priority processing date are encouraged to file a FAFSA at the earliest possible date following March 1, and will be considered for any remaining programs.

You can use the FAFSA4caster to help you and your family plan for college. It provides an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student assistance.