Federal Aid Priority Deadline

Revised:    October 7, 2014

Federal Aid Priority Deadline
Semester:Fill Out FAFSA by:Submit Required Documents by:
Fall 2015 June 1, 2015 July 1, 2015
Winter 2016 October 1, 2015 November 1, 2015
Spring 2016 January 1, 2016 February 1, 2016

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 Financial Aid Document Tracking 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 ex: The 2014-2015 Academic Year includes Summer Session 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, and Spring 2015. A student who submits a FAFSA and receives a federal aid award package for Fall 2014 will also have an award package for the remaining semesters of the academic year.

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).