FAFSA State Grant Deadlines

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FAFSA FormI was amazed to learn that 25% of families don’t submit a FAFSA, which is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, because they’re leaving free money on the table for no good reason. For those that do fill it out, be careful to submit it before your state’s deadline for state grants! The FAFSA deadline is June 30th but many states have earlier deadlines for state specific grants.

Best part about grants? It’s money you don’t have to repay!

If you’re not taking a shot at these grants, you’re leaving BIG money on the table. If you’re a college student or a high school student and your parents aren’t jumping on top of this, you need to seize this thing by the horns and go after it. So many students, myself included, are saddled with student loan debt out of college and despite what the “experts” say – student loan debt is not better than credit card debt. It all sucks. If you can get even a $500 grant, you can save thousands of dollars down the road in interest payments. You can buy a car earlier, you can buy a house earlier, you can get on the wealth accumulation track and off the debt repaying track that much sooner.

Sallie Mae sent me a list of the deadlines for states that offer grants and whose FAFSA filing deadlines hit before the national deadline of June 30th. If you don’t see your state listed, double check with the local financial aid office to see if the deadline is before June 30th because you do not want to miss out on the free money. With state grants, it is typically the state where the student resides in that determines eligibility (but always double check!).

  • Alaska – April 15
  • Arizona – March 1
  • California – March 2 *
  • Delaware – April 15
  • Florida – May 15
  • Idaho – March 1 *
  • Indiana – March 10
  • Kansas – April 1 *
  • Kentucky – March 15 *
  • Maine – May 1
  • Maryland – March 1
  • Massachusetts – May 1
  • Michigan – March 1
  • Mississippi – March 31 *
  • Missouri – April 1
  • Montana – March 1
  • New Hampshire – May 1
  • New York – May 1 *
  • North Dakota – March 15
  • Oklahoma – April 15
  • Pennsylvania – May 1
  • Rhode Island – March 1
  • Tennessee – March 1
  • West Virginia – March 1 *

* Sallie Mae recommends you contact that state’s financial aid office for additional forms.


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5 Responses to “FAFSA State Grant Deadlines”

  1. Brian says:

    thanks for the info. i’m going to past this down to my little brother he is in a bind with his student loads. this is the first time i have heard of fafsa… but there is probably all i dont know sense i get the GI bill

  2. So many of my friends and family members neglect to fill out a FAFSA. I just cant understand money…for a few minutes of filling out a form. I fill mine out the second I can each year, and each year the dough rolls in. I mean its not huge chunk of money but any money, free from the government, to help with financing my education is worth the time. The first time filling out the form will take the longest, then every year after that the info is prepopulated according to last years info and one just has to review the info and submit it. So easy.

  3. Eric N. says:

    Yup, I was on it January 1st for my little sister though I still have to update it with actual tax returns now.

  4. I do my son’s FAFSA every year. It’s a great program. All the federal aid comes from one application, filled out online. It couldn’t be simpler.

    • Carmenza M. says:

      Yes, after FAFSA processed and approved my kid’s application that took only several minutes, was excellent, the problem is the college where the Grant was submitted for my son’s education, after many errands to that college, at the end 5 days before classes starts I was advised by the college that I have to make a payments plans because Financial office still reviewing my kid’s application even that they asked me to bring my incometax and W’s. Is a nightmare for me, because I do not funds to cost my kid’s higher education, I used part of my rent in order to accept the payments plan, financial at the college told me my kid has to wait from one or three months in order the college finalize doing the reviewing for his grant. I do not have funds to continuing making the other payments, I am stuck with my last month rent that I still behind, and the bank of america sent me other bill to pay the second portion of the payment plan, my question who gives the monies for those grants the goverment or the college?

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