Federal Aid Priority Deadline

Revised:    September 3, 2014

Federal Aid Priority Deadline
Semester:Fill Out FAFSA by:Submit Documents by:
Fall 2014 June 1, 2014 July 1, 2015
Winter 2015 October 1, 2014 November 1, 2011
Spring 2015 January 1, 2014 February 1, 2015

This deadline applies to all FAFSA applicants who want their Federal Aid awards released by the tuition late charge date (typically 1 week after the start of term.) Students must complete and submit all applications, documents, and forms required to process their FAFSA. This includes any verification documents. All requirements need to be completed by the student by this date.

Students will not know if they need to complete and submit documents for verification until after their FAFSA has been correctly completed and received by the school. 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 might become subject to late fees.

Students are encouraged to visit their Financial Aid Document Tracking page to determine if they 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 2012-2013 Academic Year spans from August 2012 to July 2013. A student who submits a FAFSA and receives a federal aid award package for Fall 2012 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 and processing 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. To re-clarify, applying for Federal Aid after the deadline does not prevent a student from receiving their federal awards (if the student is eligible).