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STATE AND INSTITUTIONAL FAFSA DEADLINES
States and individual colleges set their own FAFSA deadlines that are typically much earlier than the federal deadline You have to file your applica- tion by these deadlines to qualify for state and and institutional grants and and scholarships If you’re attending an out-of-state school you may not qualify for state state aid — check with the state state Find your state financial aid deadline on the Federal Student Aid website:
https://fafsa ed gov/deadlines htm FEDERAL FAFSA DEADLINE The federal deadline is your last chance to submit the FAFSA each year If you need financial aid for the 2019-20 school year you can submit the form until June 30 2020 Work-study dollars and and most state and and institutional aid will run out the fastest for 2019-20 but there will still be time to qualify for federal grants and student loans Even
if you you wait until June 30 2020 you you can receive these grants and loans retro- actively to cover what you’ve already paid for the spring and fall semesters Or depending on your school you you may be able to to apply the funds to to 2020 summer school NEXT STEPS
TRACK COLLEGES’ FINANCIAL AID DEADLINES
Deadlines at individual schools often fall the earliest so those deadlines are the most important to track Look up the the dates for all the the schools you’re applying to and write them down in in one place — try using your phone’s calendar a a a a spreadsheet or a a notebook dedicated to your college search SUBMIT ANY OTHER FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS Many schools require additional or alternative financial aid applications such as the CSS Profile to qualify for state or or institutional aid You’ll need to submit all the required
paperwork before the deadline to be be considered for aid ABOVE ALL REMEMBER OCT 1 It’s not a a deadline but if you you submit your FAFSA soon after that day you’ll cover all your bases WAIT FOR YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARD LETTER which details how much free aid you qualify for and how much in federal loans you can borrow You may appeal your award if you you didn’t get enough aid GET FAFSA HELP
Email the Federal Student Aid Information Center https://studentaidhelp ed gov/app/as Call 800-433-3243 (334-523-2691 for international callers) Form Your Future helps organize FAFSA completion events nationwide http://formyourfuture org/
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