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Important College Admission Deadlines Students Can Still Meet This Year

Still haven't applied to college as a senior? No problem—it’s not too late! These colleges are still accepting applications for next semester.

As we start the new year, some high school seniors may be preparing to submit their first round of college applications, while others may find themselves taking a second look at their college lists after working hard to complete and submit early admission materials. There are plenty of schools that offer Regular Decision deadlines in January and February as well as other admission deadlines all the way into June. These later deadlines give students ample opportunity to be admitted to a college or university that fits their academic and career goals.

Several schools with late admission deadlines operate on a rolling admission policy, meaning they‘ll consider applicants on an ongoing basis until their incoming class is filled, giving students the opportunity to spread out their college applications. Still, many schools with rolling admission maintain priority deadlines for a better chance of landing a spot. Before we dive into important deadlines you should know about, let’s talk about financial aid.

Will applying to college late affect my financial aid?

Unfortunately, you may receive less financial aid if you apply to college late. Early and Regular Decision applications benefit students by offering them access to a larger pool of funding, and many schools offer scholarships to students who meet the earlier deadlines. For example, Boston College only considers students for merit scholarships if they meet the school’s November 1 priority deadline. Students applying after might forfeit their access to scholarship funds.

Many college FAFSA due dates also have priority deadlines, which require students to apply by that date to receive the greatest amount of funding from the school. States with limited funds often have early deadlines as well or recommend that students submit their FAFSA forms as soon as possible to get priority consideration for aid. Some states and colleges still grant money to students applying later, but they might get less than early applicants. The FAFSA opens on October 1, and June 30 is the federal deadline for receiving aid for that academic year. If you’re going to be enrolled in college this fall, you should’ve already submitted your FAFSA by now, but submitting late is better than not applying at all.

Regular deadlines for the 2022–2023 admission cycle

Still haven’t applied to college as a high school senior? Or maybe you’d like to add a few match and safety schools to your list? It’s not too late to apply. Here are some Regular Decision deadlines you should know about—just be sure to submit your materials ASAP!

January 10

January 15

January 20

February 1

February 2

February 5

February 15

Late deadlines for the 2022–2023 admission cycle

These later deadlines may seem far away, but they’ll sneak up on you sooner than you think—so mark them in your calendar and get your materials ready!

March 1

March 15

April 1

April 7

May 1

June 1

June 30

July 1

July 14

July 15

Rolling admission for the 2022–2023 cycle

These schools offer rolling admission, but they may have priority deadlines for certain programs and scholarships, so be sure to check their websites before you wait.

Related: 11 Steps to Finalizing and Submitting Your College Apps

It’s important to note that all application deadlines are subject to change, so be sure to confirm dates on the websites of the colleges you’re intending to apply to. And even though you may have until a set deadline, it’s always smart to get your applications in well ahead of time so you’re not scrambling last minute and worrying about missing anything. Plan ahead and good luck!

You don’t have to go it alone to get your admission checklist done! Check out Our Best Advice for Tackling Your College Applications to get you through any roadblock you may face.

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