COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID DEADLINES…2015/16 SCHOOL YEAR

Below is the official list from FAFSA.gov on the deadline dates for financial aid documents in all states. Be sure to follow this list and get your FAFSA paperwork in on time.

REMEMBER: if you’ve already been accepted to a college, please see your financial aid advisers for the next steps in applying for financial aid. If not, go to FAFSA.GOV to apply and receive a pin # that you will use to access your financial aid information. Each state has a different deadline.

2015-2016 FAFSA Deadlines (entering college fall 2015)
Federal Deadline:
Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, June 30, 2015.
Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, September 15, 2015.

College Deadlines:
Each college may have a different deadline. Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about their definition of an application deadline – whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

STATE DEADLINES…

Alabama Check with your financial aid administrator.

Alaska Alaska Performance Scholarship – June 30, 2015.

Alaska Education Grant – As soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.

American Samoa Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Arizona Check with your financial aid administrator.

Arkansas Academic Challenge – June 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

Workforce Grant – check with your financial aid administrator.

Higher Education Opportunity Grant – June 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

California For many state financial aid programs – March 2, 2015 – date postmarked. Cal Grant also requires submission of a school certified GPA by March 2, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to obtain proof of mailing their GPA and to retain a copy of their GPA form. For additional community college Cal Grants – September 2, 2015 – date postmarked. If you are a non-citizen holding a Social Security card issued through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or for some other work authorization, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at http://www.caldreamact.org. Do NOT fill out a FAFSA. Contact the California Student Aid Commission (www.csac.ca.gov) or your financial aid administrator for more information.

Colorado Check with your financial aid administrator.

Connecticut February 15, 2015. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

Delaware April 15, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

District of Columbia FAFSA completed by April 1, 2015.

For DCTAG, complete the DC OneApp and submit supporting documents by April 30, 2015.

Federated States of Micronesia Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Florida May 15, 2015 – date processed.

Georgia Check with your financial aid administrator.

Guam Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Hawaii Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Idaho Opportunity Grant – March 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

Illinois As soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.

Indiana March 10, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

Iowa July 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. Earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs. Additional form may be required.

Kansas April 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

Kentucky As soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.

Louisiana June 30, 2016 (July 1, 2015 recommended)

Maine May 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

Marshall Islands Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Maryland March 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

Massachusetts May 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.

Michigan March 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

Minnesota 30 days after term starts by midnight, Central Time.

Mississippi MTAG and MESG Grants – September 15, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

HELP Scholarship – March 31, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

Missouri April 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

Montana March 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.

  1. Mariana Islands Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Nebraska Check with your financial aid administrator.

Nevada Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

New Hampshire Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

New Jersey 2014-2015 Tuition Aid Grant recipients – June 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

All other applicants – October 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time, for fall and spring terms; March 1, 2016 by midnight, Central Time, for spring term only.

New Mexico Check with your financial aid administrator.

New York June 30, 2016 by midnight, Central Time. Additional form may be required.

North Carolina As soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.

North Dakota April 15, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Earlier priority deadlines may exist for institutional programs.

Ohio Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Oklahoma March 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.

Oregon OSAC Private Scholarships – March 1, 2015.

Oregon Opportunity Grant – As soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.

Palau Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Pennsylvania All first-time applicants enrolled in a: community college; business/trade/technical school; hospital school of nursing; designated Pennsylvania Open-Admission institution; or non-transferable two-year program – August 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. All other applicants – May 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

Puerto Rico Check with your financial aid administrator.

Rhode Island March 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.

South Carolina Tuition Grants – June 30, 2015 by midnight, Central Time.

SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based Grants – As soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.

South Dakota Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Tennessee State Grant – Prior-year recipients receive award if eligible and apply by March 1, 2015. All other awards made to neediest applicants until funds are depleted. State Lottery – fall term, September 1, 2015 by midnight, Central Time; spring & summer terms, February 1, 2016 by midnight, Central Time.

Texas Check with your financial aid administrator.

U.S. Virgin Islands Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Utah Check with your financial aid administrator.

Vermont As soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted. Additional form may be required.

Virginia Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.

Washington As soon as possible after January 1, 2015. Awards made until funds are depleted.

West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship – March 1, 2015. New applicants must submit additional application at www.cfwv.com. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.

WV Higher Education Grant Program – April 15, 2015.

Wisconsin Check with your financial aid administrator.

Wyoming Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required

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