When Does the FAFSA Open?
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By Kristen Kuchar

September 24, 2020

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, is available starting on October 1 of the year before the start of the academic year. It’s best to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible, since some types of aid are first come, first serve. 

You do not need to wait until October 1 to get an FSA ID, which is used to sign the FAFSA electronically. In fact, it may be a good idea to get this in advance in case you have any issues receiving one. 

The deadline for the FAFSA is June 30 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time, after the end of the financial aid award year. However, there are many states that have earlier deadlines, and colleges may also have sooner priority deadlines. 

The FAFSA is the best way to secure financial aid for college. This is how you qualify for grants, some scholarships, the federal work-study program, and federal student loans. You need to fill out the FAFSA every year you attend college. 

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