FAFSA Priority Deadlines

First Semester Attending in Academic Year

FAFSA Needed

Submit FAFSA By

Submit Verification Document(s) By

Fall 2020 2020-21 FAFSA July 1, 2020 August 1, 2020
Winter 2021 2020-21 FAFSA October 1, 2020 November 1, 2020
Spring 2021 2020-21 FAFSA* January 1, 2021 February 1, 2021
*In SOME specific cases, the future year FAFSA may be used for Spring Semester. However, this is up to the discretion of the BYU-Idaho Financial Aid Office.

Students can avoid late tuition charges by submitting the FAFSA and any required verification documents by the priority deadlines. If selected for verification, the required documents will show in the financial aid student portal within 3-5 business days after BYU-Idaho receives the completed FAFSA. Students are encouraged to plan ahead and apply early as some documents may take time to obtain.

FAFSA Federal Deadlines

Final Semester of Academic Year

Last Day to Submit FAFSA

Last Day to Submit Verification Document

Summer Session 2020 September 9, 2020 November 23, 2020
Fall 2020 December 16, 2020 March 1, 2021
Winter 2021 April 8, 2021 June 22, 2021
Spring 2021 June 30,  2021* September 1, 2021

The FAFSA must be submitted and received by BYU-Idaho prior to the student’s last day of attendance for the academic year. It can take 3-5 business days for BYU-Idaho to receive a submitted FAFSA. For example, if the student is a Fall/Winter student for the academic year, the FAFSA must be received by the last day of Winter semester.

* June 30th is the federal application deadline determined by the Department of Education

Policy requires that any required documents for the 2020-2021 academic year be submitted no later than 75 days after the student’s last day of attendance, or September 1, 2021, whichever is earlier. Failure to submit documents by this deadline will disqualify the student from receiving federal financial aid for that academic year and may require repayment of funds already received. Required documents are found on the financial aid student portal.

BYU-Idaho Thomas E. Ricks Grant Application Deadline:

The priority deadline for the 2020-2021 BYU-Idaho Thomas E. Ricks Grant Application was March 1, 2020. This application will remain open and late applications will only be evaluated for financial need and awarded based on fund availability. The only exception to this policy is for recently returned missionaries. They will be evaluated for financial need and academic achievement and must complete the required applications before the financial aid determination date (FADD) of their first semester back.

The 2021-2022 BYU-Idaho Thomas E. Ricks Grant (Ricks Grant) Application will be open starting October 1, 2020 with a priority deadline of March 1, 2021. 

Financial Aid Determination Date (FADD)

The Financial Aid Office determines the student’s official registration as of the student’s FADD. This measurement is an automatic process. Students who are not registered at this time are not eligible for Federal or University Aid.


Full Semester

1st Block

2nd Block

Summer 2020 August 11, 2020 N/A N/A
Fall 2020 October 6, 2020 October 6, 2020 November 13, 2020
Winter 2021 January 28, 2021 January 28, 2021 March 9, 2021
Spring 2021 May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021 June 18, 2021

Major Change Deadlines

Students planning to change their major must do so before the start of the next semester. Major changes that happen during a semester will not be effective, in regards to federal aid, until the following semester. The deadlines below correspond with the semester the student wants the change to go into effect.

Semester Major Change Goes Into Effect 

Major Change Deadline

Summer 2020 July 21, 2020
Fall 2020 September 8, 2020
Winter 2021 December 29, 2020
Spring 2021 April 13, 2021