Reminder: FAFSA Filing Deadline

Reminder: FAFSA Filing Deadline

April 29, 2024

Each year, billions of dollars in federal financial aid are available from the U.S. Department of Education in the form of grants, loans, and work-study funds. Current or prospective college students who may be eligible for aid should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1 of the prior year and June 30 of the current year.

The basic eligibility requirements are:

  • the applicant is a U.S. citizen (or an eligible noncitizen),
  • the applicant has received a high school diploma or GED certificate and
  • the applicant is enrolled or accepted in an eligible degree or certificate program.

Here are a few other tips for completing the FAFSA:

Create an FSA ID. Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) I.D. before getting started. Parents of a dependent student will need to create one, too. While this only takes a few minutes on the applicant’s end, the Social Security Administration can take a few days to verify the information to move forward.

Apply electronically. You can print off the application and do it by hand, but online application gets processed much faster. The online method also allows you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer all the necessary IRS information straight to your application, which reduces errors and simplifies the process.

Be prepared. The application process is lengthy and must be done meticulously. Be prepared ahead of time by having all necessary documents and information on-hand.

Avoid errors. Take your time. Making mistakes on the application can delay or nullify it. Don’t leave too many blank answers, and always triple-check your social security and driver’s license numbers. You can also access the application’s help section for more tips.

Apply early. The earlier you apply, the greater your chances of receiving aid and the greater the amount you’re likely to receive.

Even if you’re unsure of eligibility, we encourage all households to apply. Any students uncertain whether they might qualify for aid should contact the college counselor at their current high school or the financial aid offices at the colleges they’re interested in for assistance. You can also estimate eligibility by entering some basic information into the program’s Federal Student Aid Estimator.