2015-2016 FAFSA Deadlines - Paying for College

2015-2016 FAFSA Deadlines By State

In order to maximize your chances for both federal and state financial aid, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible on or after January 1 for each academic year in which you will need assistance. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the FAFSA became available on January 1st, 2015.  

You may file the FAFSA for the 2015-2016 academic year online as late as midnight Central Time June 30, 2016. You may file corrections or updates online up until midnight Central Time September 17, 2016. The school you attend may have a separate deadline as well.  Be sure to check with your financial aid office to ensure you meet their requirements. Each state has separate deadlines and some require additional applications.  Use the following table to learn about deadlines in your state.

 

2015-2016 FAFSA Deadlines by State

StateDeadline
AlabamaCheck with your financial aid administrator.
AlaskaAlaska Education Grant — As soons as possible on or after January 1, 2015. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
Alaska Performance Scholarships — June 30, 2015.
American SamoaCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
ArizonaCheck with your financial aid administrator.
ArkansasAcademic Challenge Scholarships — June 1, 2015 by midnight Central Time.
Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Grant) — June 1, 2015 by midnight Central Time.
Governor’s Distinguised Scholarship — February 1, 2015.
Governor’s Scholars Program — February 1, 2015.
Workforce Grant — check with your financial aid administrator.
CaliforniaFor many state financial aid programs – March 2, 2015 – date postmarked.
Cal Grants also require submission of a school certified GPA by March 2, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to obtain proof of mailing their GPA and to retain a copy of their GPA form.
For additional community college Cal Grants – September 2, 2015 – date postmarked.
If you are a non-citizen holding a Social Security card issued through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or for some other work authorization, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/. Do NOT fill out a FAFSA.
Contact the California Student Aid Commission or your financial aid administrator for more information.
ColoradoCheck with your financial aid administrator.
ConnecticutFeburary 15, 2015. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required.
Contact your financial aid admistrator or your state agency.
DelawareApril 15, 2015 by midnight, Central Time
District of ColumbiaFAFSA completed by April 1, 2015.
For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit supporting documents by April 30, 2015.
Federated States of MicronesiaCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
FloridaMay 15, 2015 — date processed.
GeorgiaCheck with your financial aid administrator.
GuamCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
HawaiiCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
IdahoOpportunity Scholarship — March 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional application is required. Check Idaho Scholarships for all state-based opportunities and their respective deadlines.
IllinoisAs soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
IndianaMarch 10, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. Earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs. Additional form may be required.
IowaJuly 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
KansasApril 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
KentuckyAs soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.
LouisianaJuly 1, 2015 is recommended. No later than June 30, 2016 by midnight, Central Time.
MaineMay 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.
Marshall IslandsCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
MarylandMarch 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.
MassachusettsMay 1, 2015 by midnight Central Time. For priorirty consideration, submit application by date specified.
MichiganMarch 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.
Minnesota30 days after term starts by midnight, Central Time.
MississippiMississippi offers a number of grant and scholarship programs and requires an application for each. See riseupms.com for more details.
MTAG and MESG Grants — September 15, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. State applicationrequired. Supporting documents no later than October 15, 2015.
HELP Scholarship — March 31, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. State application required. Supporting documents no later than April 30, 2015. Awards are limited to funds available.
MissouriApril 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specfied.
MontanaMarch 1, 2015 by midnight Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
N. Mariana IslandsCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
NebraskaCheck with your financial aid administrator.
NevadaCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
New HampshireCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
New Jersey2014 – 2015 Academic Year
Renewal TAG recipients – June 1, 2014
All other applicants (fall semester or full academic year) – October 1, 2014
All other applicants (spring semester only) – March 1, 2015
See TAG Program (pdf) or call (609) 584-4480
for more details.
New MexicoCheck with your financial aid administrator.
New YorkJune 30, 2016 by midnight, Central Time. Additional form may be required.
North CarolinaAs soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards are made until funds are depleted.
North DakotaApril 15, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Earlier priority deadlines may exist for institutional programs — check with your financial aid administrator.
OhioCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
OklahomaMarch 1, 2015 by midnight Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
OregonOSAC Private Scholarships — March 1, 2015.
Oregon Opportunity Grant — As soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.
Oregon requires you complete the OSAC Scholarship Application in addition to the FAFSA.
PalauCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
PennsylvaniaAll first-time applications enrolled in a community college, business/trade/technical schoool, hospital school of nursing, designated Pennsylvania Open-Admission institution, or non-transferable two-year program — August 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.
All other applicatns — May 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.
Puerto RicoCheck with your financial aid administrator.
Rhode IslandMarch 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
South CarolinaTuition Grants — June 30, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.
SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based Grants — As soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.
South DakotaCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
TennesseeState Grant — Prior-year recipients receive award if eligible and apply by March 1, 2015. All other awards made to neediest applicants until funds are depleted.
State Lottery — fall term, Septemeber 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time; spring & summer terms, February 1, 2016 by midnight, Central Time.
TexasCheck with your financial aid administrator.
U.S. Virgin IslandsCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
UtahCheck with your financial aid administrator.
VermontAs soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted. Additional form may be required.
VirginiaCheck with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
WashingtonAs soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.
West VirginiaPROMISE Scholarship — March 1, 2015. New applicants must submit additional application at https://secure.cfwv.com/.
WV Higher Education Grant Program — April 15, 2015.
Also contact your financial aid administrator or your
state agency
WisconsinCheck with your financial aid administrator.
WyomingCheck with your financial aid administrator.

 

FAFSA Deadline Tips

  • File as soon as possible after the FAFSA is made available–on or after January 1st of each academic year you are in college.
  • If you (and your parents, if applicable) haven’t filed tax returns, use estimates. Your FAFSA can be updated later.
  • The FAFSA is your application for many types of financial aid including federal student aid (including federal student loans), state-based aid, campus-based federal aid, and school-specific aid (e.g. endowed scholarships, school-funded work programs, etc).
  • File the FAFSA even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for assistance.  The formula for determining eligibility is complex.  Even if you don’t qualify for need-based aid, you still need to file the FAFSA if you want to borrow a federal student loan.