Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application

Students should make sure to complete the correct FAFSA for the school year they wish to recieve financial aid for. The FAFSA for an upcoming school year becomes available to complete October 1 the year prior (e.g. the 2021-22 FAFSA became available on October 1, 2020).

FAFSA Priority Deadlines

First Semester Attending in School 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
Fall 2021 2021-22 FAFSA July 1, 2021 August 1, 2021
Winter 2022 2021-22 FAFSA October 1, 2021 November 1, 2021
Spring 2022 2021-22 FAFSA* January 1, 2022 February 1, 2022
*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 the School 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
Summer Session 2021 September 9, 2021 November 23, 2021
Fall 2021 December 16, 2021 March 1, 2022
Winter 2022 April 8, 2022 June 22, 2022
Spring 2022 June 30,  2022* September 1, 2022

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

The FAFSA must be submitted and received by BYU-Idaho prior to the student’s last day of attendance for the school year. For example, if the student is a Fall/Winter and does not attend Spring, the FAFSA must be received by the last day of Winter semester. It can take 3-5 business days for BYU-Idaho to receive a submitted FAFSA. 

Policy requires that any required documents for the 2020-2021 school 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 school year and may require repayment of funds already received. Required documents are found on the financial aid student portal.

BYU-Idaho Grant Application Deadline:

To be evaluated for the BYU-Idaho Grant, students must complete the  BYU-Idaho Grant Application and corresponding FAFSA by March 1st. International and DACA students are not required to submit the FAFSA. 

Recently Returned Missionaries must complete the required applications before the full-semester Financial Aid Determination Date (FADD) of their first semester back in order to be evaluated. 

Students who are admitted to BYU-Idaho after the March 1 deadline can complete the BYU-Idaho Grant application and corresponding FAFSA for financial need  only. Late admits will NOT be given academic consideration. Awards are based on fund availability. 

The 2022-2023 BYU-Idaho Grant Application will open October 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
Summer 2021 August 10, 2021 N/A N/A
Fall 2021 October 5, 2021 October 5, 2021 November 11, 2021
Winter 2022 TBD TBD TBD
Spring 2022 TBD TBD TBD

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
Summer 2021 July 20, 2021
Fall 2021 September 7, 2021
Winter 2022 TBD
Spring 2022 TBD