When Should I File the FAFSA?

Apply for the FAFSA ASAP after October 1. There are sometimes limited grants or loans that run out, so it is true that the early bird gets the worm.

Silhouette of person at desk with laptopChanelle Markwalder
Admissions Counselor

Biola University
Apply for the FAFSA as soon as possible! As soon as possible means this will be on or after October 1 the year before you intend to enroll in college. For example, if you're attending college next fall, you would file the FAFSA on or after October 1 this fall using tax information from last year. A little confusing, I know! You can always find more specific dates and deadlines on the Federal Student Aid website. Also, be advised that you will need to file the FAFSA every year, again, ASAP after October 1. And always remember, there are sometimes limited grants or loans that run out, so it is true that the early bird gets the worm.

Silhouette of person at desk with laptopSheryl Hayes
Director of Financial Aid

University of California, Riverside
Most states have a deadline to apply for state grant aid and most colleges also have a “priority date” to complete the FAFSA. For example, the UC system has its own priority dates. Needy students who miss this deadline are likely to lose out on significant amounts of need-based grant funding. File early to get the most financial aid possible

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