Federal Aid Priority Deadline

Revised:    August 15, 2016
Federal Aid Priority Deadline
Semester:Fill Out FAFSA by:Submit Required Documents by:
Fall 2016 June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Winter 2017 October 1, 2016 November 1, 2016
Spring 2017 January 1, 2017 February 1, 2017

This deadline applies to all FAFSA applicants who want their federal aid awards released by the tuition late charge date (typically one week after the start of term.) Students must complete and submit all applications, documents, and forms required to process their FAFSA.

Students should know if they need to complete and submit documents for verification within four weeks after their FAFSA has been correctly completed and received by the school. Information for documents may take a few additional weeks to gather, so please plan accordingly and apply early.

Students can still receive federal aid (if they are eligible) after the deadline, however there is no guarantee that their aid will be available by the tuition late charge date. Students who apply or submit documents after the priority deadlines may be subject to late fees.

Visit your Student Portal page to determine if you are required to submit and complete documents for verification.

Correctly complete and submit documents


It is important that students complete and submit their documents and forms (such as verification documents) correctly the first time. Any corrections or re-submissions of documentation also need to be completed and submitted by this deadline.

Federal Aid awarded on academic year basis


Federal aid is awarded on an academic year basis. Once a student has been awarded federal aid, he/she does not need to reapply for it for any subsequent semesters during that academic year. For example, the 2016-2017 academic year includes the following semesters: Summer Session 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and Spring 2017. Students will need to submit a new FAFSA each year if they wish to be considered for federal financial aid.

Priority deadline for Federal Aid only


This deadline does not apply to University Aid or Outside Aid awards. Applying for federal aid after the deadline does not affect a student's eligibility. It only affects the timing of when federal aid awards (if the student is eligible) will be released.

Applying for federal aid after the priority deadline does not prevent a student from receiving their federal awards (if the student is eligible).