DEADLINES DEADLINES DEADLINES
As you do your admissions and financial aid applications...please please...look at the deadlines for EACH separate college. They will vary.
There are deadlines for a reason...gives the schools, scholarships, financial aid office...whatever...time to process your application in a timely manner.
Many places are NOT at all flexible about deadlines if you miss them. So don't miss those deadlines.
The FAFSA and Profile will be available for filing at the start of October using 2016 tax return data. Really...there is NO good excuse for a late submission given you can do these as of October 2017.
There are still folks this year...who submitted financial aid application forms late...and wonder what will happen. You know...schools typically award THEIR institutional money to those who file on time.
Also there are some forms of federally funded aid that have limited funds per college...Perkins Loans, federal work study, SEOG. These are awarded on a first come first served basis. If you are in the income range where these might be a possibility, you don't want to miss out because you filed your forms on the later side.
Don't miss the deadlines. In fact, its smart to submit on the early side...as you never know when you or the school will have a computer glitch preventing you from submitting at the 11th hour.