When should I fill out the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is being simplified and redesigned to make applying for federal student aid easier. This means that students attending college in the fall of 2024 and spring of 2025 can complete it in December 2023 instead of October when it usually opens. In future years, the FAFSA will return to opening on October 1. The federal deadline for completing the FAFSA is June 30. However, many states and colleges have their own priority deadlines that may be much earlier. Complete your FAFSA as early as you can to ensure you don’t miss your chance to receive financial aid.

Some types of financial aid are limited. Colleges may award these funds on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit your college’s website to see what their deadlines are. Find your state’s deadline here.

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