When Is My FAFSA Due?

Find out before it's too late!

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Filling your Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) can be a stressful process. Putting it off until the last minute might sound fine now, but you could be losing thousands of dollars in aid! Depending on what state you live in, it pays (BIG) to fill out your FAFSA early. Check out what Time had to say about it.

When should you file the FAFSA? Each college, state or local agency, and scholarship foundation can have a different deadline, but here are some general rules and information on the states with the earliest deadlines.

For the 2017-18 academic year, you can file your FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017 or as late as June 30, 2017. But waiting that long will mean you’ll miss out on aid from lots of other organizations that give out scholarships. Filing before March 1 gives you a much better chance of getting more and bigger scholarships from state agencies, schools, and foundations.

Several states, for example, have “first-come, first-served” financial aid programs that can run out of money quickly. And at least eight state agencies have winter deadlines for their scholarship programs.

If you live in any of the states listed below, fill out your FAFSA as early as possible and have it sent to your colleges and state scholarship agencies. 

STATEDEADLINE
AlaskaASAP, as aid is first-come, first-served
CaliforniaMarch 2, 2018
ConnecticutFeb. 15, 2018
IdahoMarch 1, 2018
IllinoisASAP, as aid is first-come, first-served
KentuckyASAP as aid is first-come, first-served
MarylandMarch 1, 2018
MichiganMarch 1, 2018
North CarolinaASAP, as aid is first-come, first-served
OklahomaMarch 1, 2018
OregonASAP, as aid is first-come, first-served
Rhode IslandMarch 1, 2018
South CarolinaASAP, as aid is first-come, first-served
TennesseeFeb. 15, 2018
VermontASAP, as aid is first-come, first-served
WashingtonASAP, as aid is first-come, first-served
West VirginiaMarch 1, 2018

For more information on the FAFSA, read the rest of the article on Time.