Important FAFSA Deadlines for 2022-2023

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Mark Kantrowitz

By Mark Kantrowitz

September 13, 2022

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA, is a financial aid application form used to apply for financial aid from the federal government, state governments, and most colleges and universities. The FAFSA application season officially starts on October 1, and the FAFSA deadline is typically June 30, or the end of the academic year, whichever comes first.

The FAFSA deadline for the 2022-2023 academic year is June 30, 2023. This means that a student would have between October 1, 2021 and June 30, 2023 to file their FAFSA application for the 2022-2023 school year. The FAFSA deadline is the same whether you are an undergraduate student or a graduate student. You must complete the FAFSA to be considered for federal financial aid.

Why You Should File the FAFSA as Soon as Possible

The FAFSA deadline is at 11:59 pm Central Time (CT) on June 30 of the academic year or the end of the academic year (the last day of enrollment), whichever comes first. However, you can make corrections to the FAFSA after it closes, but they must be submitted by mid-September, about two and a half months after the June 30 deadline.

Although students have until the end of the school year or June 30 to qualify for federal student aid, it is best to file the FAFSA much sooner. The college financial aid office must have received a valid output document (a SAR or an ISIR) by the FAFSA deadline.

When Should You File Your FAFSA?

Students and their families should file the FAFSA form as soon as possible on or after October 1 of the year before they go to school. October 1 is not a deadline, so much as a start date, but students who file the FAFSA later may miss out on some forms of financial aid. This is important whether you know where you’re going to school or not.

Students who file the FAFSA during the first three months tend to get twice as many grants, on average, as compared with students who file the FAFSA later.

When Is the Deadline for FAFSA Corrections?

For the 2022-2023 academic school year, all corrections or updates must be submitted by September 9, 2023, at 11:59 pm central time. Regardless of what the deadlines are for your college, or when they start looking at financial aid, you can still start your application on October 1st of the previous year.

Federal Student Aid Can Run Out

While federal student loans and the Federal Pell Grant function like an entitlement, federal campus-based aid is more limited. Each college gets a fixed allocation of Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work-Study (FWS) funding, so the money can run out. This is one of the reasons it’s vitally important to apply for the aid you need as close to the October 1st date as possible.

State FAFSA Deadlines

Each state has its own financial aid deadline and some state grant programs have very early FAFSA deadlines. Here is a list of every state’s deadlines that primarily apply to grants and scholarship opportunities at the state level:

State
Deadline
Details
Alabama
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
Alaska
Alaska Education Grant: ASAP from Oct 1, 2021
Awards issued until funds are fully assigned
Alaska Performance Scholarship: June 30, 2022
Submit by this date for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned
American Samoa
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
Arizona
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
Arkansas
July 1, 2022
For both Academic Challenge and ArFuture Grant (fall term)
Jan 10, 2023
ArFuture Grant (spring term)
California
March 2, 2022
Many state financial aid programs, including Cal Grant
Sept 2, 2022
Additional community college grants (date postmarked)
Colorado
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
Connecticut
Feb 15, 2022
For priority consideration
Delaware
April 15, 2022
Midnight Central time
District of Columbia
Aug 19, 2022
For priority consideration
Aug 26, 2022
For the DC Tuition Assistance Grant
Florida
May 15, 2022
Georgia
ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Check with your financial aid office
Hawaii
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
Idaho
Opportunity Scholarship: March 1, 2022
For priority consideration
Illinois
ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned 
Indiana
Adult Student Grant: ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned 
Workforce Ready Grant: ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration
Frank O’Bannon Grant: April 18, 2022
Midnight Central Time
21st Century Scholarship:  April 18, 2022
Midnight Central Time
Iowa
July 1, 2022
Midnight Central Time, earlier priority deadlines for some programs
Kansas
April 1, 2022
Midnight Central time
Kentucky
ASAP after October 1, 2022
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned 
Louisiana
July 1, 2023
Feb 1, 2022, recommended
Maine
May 1, 2022
Midnight Central time
Maryland
March 1, 2022
Midnight Central time
Massachusetts
May 1, 2022
For priority consideration
Michigan
May 1, 2022
Midnight Central time
Minnesota
30 days after term starts, by midnight Central time
Contact your financial aid office
Mississippi
MTAG and MESG Grants: Oct 15, 2022
Midnight Central time
HELP Grants: April 30, 2022
Midnight Central time
Missouri
Feb 1, 2022
Submit by this date for priority consideration, applications accepted until April 1, 2022
Montana
Dec 1, 2021
Submit by this date for priority consideration
Nebraska
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
Nevada
Silver State Opportunity Grant: Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned
Nevada Promise Scholarship: March 1, 2022
Awards issued until funds are fully assigned. For all other aid: check with your financial aid office.
New Hampshire
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
New Jersey
Renewal applicants: April 15, 2022
2021-22 Tuition Aid Grant recipients, midnight Central time
All other applicants for the fall and spring terms: Sept 15, 2022
Midnight Central time
All other applicants for the spring term only: Feb 15, 2023
Midnight Central time
New Mexico
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
New York
June 30, 2023
Midnight Central time
North Carolina
ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned
North Dakota
ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned
Ohio
Oct 1, 2022
Midnight Central time
Oklahoma
ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned
Oregon
Oregon Opportunity Grant: ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned
OSAC Private Scholarships: March 1, 2022
Oregon Promise Grant: Contact your state agency
Check with your financial aid office
Pennsylvania
First-time applicants in certain institutions: Aug 1, 2022
Those enrolled in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, hospital school of nursing, designated Pennsylvania open-admission institution, or nontransferable two-year program
All other applicants: May 1, 2022
Midnight Central time
Rhode Island
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
South Carolina
SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based Grants: ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned
Tuition Grants: June 30, 2022
Midnight Central Time
South Dakota
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
Tennessee
State Grant: Feb 1, 2022
Prior-year recipients who are eligible will receive award if apply by Feb 1, 2022. Other awards made on a needs basis until funds are fully assigned
Tennessee Promise: Feb 1, 2022
Midnight Central time
State Lottery for the fall term: Sept 1, 2022
Midnight Central time
State Lottery for the spring and summer terms: Feb 1, 2023
Midnight Central time
Texas
Jan 15, 2022
For priority consideration. Private and two-year institutions may have other deadlines, so check with your financial aid office.
Utah
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
Vermont
ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned
Virginia
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
Washington
ASAP after Oct 1, 2021
Submit as soon as possible for priority consideration, awards issued until funds are fully assigned
For students ineligible for federal aid: contact your state agency
If you meet state financial aid program and residency requirements, you should complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid instead of the FAFSA form.
West Virginia
PROMISE Scholarship: March 1, 2022
New applicants to submit the additional form.
WV Higher Education Grant: April 15, 2022
WV Invests Grant: April 15, 2022
For priority consideration
Wisconsin
N/A
Check with your financial aid office
Wyoming
N/A
Check with your financial aid office

More than a dozen states award state grants as soon as possible on or after October 1 or until funds are depleted. Those states include:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Indiana (IN)
  • Kentucky (KY)
  • Nevada (NV)
  • North Carolina (NC)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Oklahoma (OK)
  • Oregon (OR)
  • South Carolina (SC)
  • Tennessee (TN)
  • Utah (UT)
  • Vermont (VT)
  • Washington (WA)

An additional nine states have deadlines in December, January, February or March:

  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • Idaho (ID)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • Montana (MT)
  • Texas (TX)
  • West Virginia (WV)

Colleges May Have Early FAFSA Deadlines

Some colleges also have early financial aid deadlines, sometimes called a priority deadline, for the college’s own institutional aid. Even when the college FAFSA deadlines are earlier, the colleges must still use the government FAFSA deadlines for federal aid and state financial aid.

About 200 mostly private colleges and universities use a supplemental form, the CSS Profile, for awarding their own financial aid funds. These colleges must also still use the FAFSA for federal and state aid. The CSS Profile has the same October 1 start date as the FAFSA. Regardless of the college deadline, the October 1st date is still the best time to submit your FAFSA.

2 Tips to Improve Your FAFSA Application Process

Making sure you meet the deadlines for submitting your FAFSA is only part of the process to ensure your success. There can be things that hold you back such as not having the right information or IDs prior to your application or not having a good grasp on how much you need to borrow.

Here are two tips that can speed up your process and make it more efficient:

1. Get an FSA ID Early

The student and his/her parents or spouse can obtain an FSA ID prior to October 1. The FSA ID is an electronic signature used to sign the FAFSA online. You don’t have to wait until October 1 to get a FSA ID. It is a good idea to get a FSA ID before October 1 because students and parents have reported problems with getting or using an FSA ID. Families have also reported problems with expiring FSA IDs and updating the FSA ID’s password. The FSA ID must be renewed every 18 months.

2. Get Borrowing Help

Determining how much financial aid you or your child needs can be difficult if you’re trying to figure it out on your own. You can see your personalized affordability profile for three schools and find out how much you might need to borrow with the free MyCAP tool from College Aid Pro. If you want to get a personal coaching session or advanced features, use SFC15 for a 15% discount!

Upcoming FAFSA Deadlines and Which Application to File

It can be confusing to know which FAFSA you should file, as the deadlines can be either before the start of the academic year, or at the end of it, depending on whether they are federal, state, or college deadlines.

Here’s a quick guide to which FAFSA you should file:

Academic year(you’ll attend college between these dates)
FAFSA
Submit between these dates
Use income and tax info
July 1 2022-June 30 2023
2022-2023 FAFSA 
Oct 1 2021-June 30 2023
2020, filed in 2021
July 1 2023-June 30 2024
2023-2024 FAFSA
Oct 1 2022-June 30 2024
2021, filed in 2022
July 1 2024-June 30 2025
2024-2025 FAFSA
Oct 1 2023-June 30 2025
2022, filed in 2023

Once you’ve submitted the FAFSA form, keep an eye on the individual financial aid deadlines for the colleges that you’re interested in attending. Prioritize those schools with the earliest deadlines, and be sure to submit any additional financial aid applications the schools may require, such as the CSS profile.

If you notice any mistakes on your form or need to make an update because your family’s financial situation has changed, you can make corrections via the My FAFSA portal. For the 2022-2023 academic year, you’ll need to submit corrections by September 9, 2023.

After submitting the FAFSA form, you’ll receive your financial award letter. This will outline how much free aid and federal loans you’re eligible for. If you feel the assessment is unfair, you can appeal.

If you’re planning on studying during the next financial year, start planning your next round of financial aid applications. As previously stated, it’s important to submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after the FAFSA opens on October 1 every year until you’re finished with school.

What Happens If You Miss the FAFSA Deadline?

As you can imagine, missing the FAFSA deadline isn’t good if you need financial aid. If a college student doesn’t submit the form by the June 30 deadline, they likely won’t be eligible to receive federal financial aid for the current award year.

If you miss your college or state deadline, it’s still worth the effort of filling out the FAFSA and submitting it. Some states and schools may still have funds to provide to late applicants, but the amount you receive is likely to be lower than it would have been if you’d applied before the final deadline.

There may also be other financial assistance available. Your school’s financial aid office may be able to help you find scholarships, grants, or an emergency loan fund that you can use to pay for some of your expenses. If you still come up short you may want to consider a private student loan. A private loan with a competitive interest rate is a great supplement to savings, financial aid, and federal student loans.

Regardless of why you missed the FAFSA deadline, take some steps to make sure you don’t miss it again. Gather the necessary information before the October 1 release of the FAFSA for the next academic year and submit your application as quickly as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for FAFSA

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding the FAFSA application process and have briefly answered each below.

What is the deadline for FAFSA 2022-2023?

For the academic year 2022-2023, the FAFSA filing deadline is June 30, 2023, by 11:59 pm central time. The deadline for corrections or updates is 9 September 2023 by 11:59 pm central time. The deadline falls on the same day every year.

What is the FAFSA deadline for fall 2022?

If you’re planning on attending college from Fall 2023, for the academic year 2023-2024, the federal FAFSA student loans deadline is June 30, 2024. However, some colleges have their own deadlines, and state deadlines also vary, with some being much earlier. Therefore, it’s a good idea to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after you’re able to on October 1, 2022.

Is the FAFSA deadline extended?

The FAFSA deadline is set on June 30 every year. However, if you have already submitted your FAFSA and want to make corrections or updates, you have until September 9th of the same year.

When should I fill out my FAFSA for 2022-2023?

You should always submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA 2022-2023 opened on October 1 2021, so try to send the FAFSA form as soon as you can if you haven’t already done so, especially since classes have already begun.

When does FAFSA open?

The FAFSA opens on October 1st every year. For the 2023-24 academic year, the FAFSA will open on October 1, 2022.

Should you apply for FAFSA before applying to college?

It doesn’t matter what order you apply in, whether it’s college or FAFSA. However, it’s a good idea to apply for FAFSA as soon as possible, and you can do this before applying for college. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t decided what schools you’re applying to, as you can list up to 10 schools on the FAFSA form, and even add more later.

If you do decide to apply to any of these schools, their financial aid office will already have your relevant information to create your financial aid package.

A good place to start:

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