FAFSA Deadline in 2021 for the 2020/21 academic year is June 30. Those who still plan on submitting their applications by the end of 2020 might look for the next year’s award year.
Generally, you have a higher chance of getting financial aid if you submit your application as soon as October 1st. Although you technically have time until June 30, 2021, the state and college deadlines are much sooner. It’s best to check these deadlines prior to submitting your application. Otherwise, it might be a waste of time.
2021/22Academic Year Dates
Open Date: October 1st, 2020
Deadline: June 30, 2022
2021/22 Academic Year Dates
Open Date: October 1st, 2019
Deadline: June 30, 2021
If you’ve already missed the deadlines, there is nothing you can do but to submit a FAFSA for the 2021/22 academic year. For the 2021/22 academic year, you can submit your application as soon as October 1st, 2020. At the time of writing, there is still time for this but you need to hurry up to prepare your FAFSA.
When to submit FAFSA?
FAFSA has multiple deadlines. Even though the federal FAFSA deadline gives too much time for a student to apply for student aid, the state and college deadlines must be kept in mind.
As early as it is—the college priority deadlines are the earliest deadline. You should see the individual deadline for the college you’re attending. Having all this said, the earlier you submit your FAFSA, the better.
In addition to federal student aid, you can apply for a state scholarship or grant. Every state has at least one grant or scholarship program for students. However, if you’re attending an out of state school, your chances of qualifying for these grants and scholarships is slim to none. It depends on the scholarship program in these cases, so, it’s best to check the details of the grant or the scholarship.
As for the state deadlines for the 2021/22 academic year, it hasn’t been published yet. As soon as it’s announced on StudentAid.gov, we will let you know.