Today’s the day - the FAFSA for 2022/23 Opened on October 1st, 2021!
The biggest changes seem to be:
- Eligibility updates: Drug convictions no longer hinder students’ ability to qualify for federal student aid! Prior drug convictions and Selective Service Registration will not affect a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Questions about both of these items will still be asked, however.
- New Jersey Residents: Starting in 2022, New Jersey will no longer participate in the Auto Zero or Simplified Needs Test programs, so all NJ residents will now have to fill out the entire FAFSA form.
- Tax-related changes: IRS no longer includes references to virtual currency (i.e. cryptocurrency) as part of Schedule 1 or uses the form IRS 1040 NR-EZ, so sections related to these items have been revised.
- User experience changes: FAFSA.gov and the myStudentAid app have been streamlined and modernized to make them easier to navigate. It should also be easier for students to start an application and then parents to log-in sign off on it. *Note: While parents just need one FSA ID, each child in the family attending college will need their own FSA ID)
Between October 19th and 21st, 2021 FAFSA.gov will be hosting a series of webinars. These include line-by-line walkthroughs of the form, for anyone who has questions or concerns about filling it out. This is highly recommended for anyone navigating the financial aid process for the first time. Register for the webinars here.
The Federal FASFA deadline is June 30th, 2022, but each state has it’s own deadlines for state-specific grants and scholarships. I went through the list of FAFSA deadlines by state and pulled a list of deadlines for each state. It starts with states with 2022/2023 FAFSA deadlines that fall in 2021, and then moves onto states with deadlines in 2022 and 2023. I added links to any state-specific grants that were mentioned. (Tip: do a command+F search to find your state)
See the list of deadlines by state below. (Tip: do a command+F search to find your state) And please post your questions or share your FAFSA tips or knowledge below.
|2021 Deadlines for 2022/23 FAFSA|
|Alaska||October 1||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021 for Alaska Education Grant. Awards made until funds are depleted.
|June 30||2022||For priority consideration for the Alaska Performance Scholarship. Awards made until funds are depleted.|
|Georgia||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021
Additional forms may be required. Visit GAfutures.org for additional information.
|Illinois||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021
Visit isac.org for the Monetary Award Program renewal deadline; awards made until funds are depleted.
|Indiana||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021: Adult Student Grant:. Awards made until funds are depleted. New applicants must submit additional forms at ScholarTrack.IN.gov.
The Workforce Ready Grant.
|April 15||2022||Frank O’Bannon Grant and 21st Century Scholarship|
|Kentucky||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021. Awards made until funds are depleted.|
|Nevada||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021: Silver State Opportunity Grant. Awards made until funds are depleted.
|March 1||2022||Nevada Promise Scholarship. Awards made until funds are depleted.|
|North Carolina||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021. Awards made until funds are depleted.|
|North Dakota||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021. Awards made until funds are depleted.|
|Oklahoma||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021. Awards made until funds are depleted.|
|Oregon||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021: Oregon Opportunity Grant. Awards made until funds are depleted.
|March 1||2022||OSAC Private Scholarships, additional forms may be required. For Oregon Promise Grant: Contact your state agency. Additional forms may be required.|
|Pennsylvania||May 1||2022||All first-time applicants enrolled in a community college; business, trade, or technical school; hospital school of nursing; designated Pennsylvania open-admission institution; or nontransferable two-year program.
|August 1||2022||All other applicants except the ones described above.|
|South Carolina||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021: SC Commission on Higher Education Need-based Grants. Awards made until funds are depleted.
|Vermont||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021. Awards made until funds are depleted. Additional forms may be required.|
|Montana||December 1||2021||Dec. 1, 2021 for priority consideration. Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.|
|Washington||October||2021||ASAP After Oct. 1, 2021
Students ineligible for federal student aid but who meet state financial aid program and residency requirements should complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid at nstead of the FAFSA form. Contact the Washington Student Achievement Council at email@example.com or your financial aid administrator for more information.
|2022/23 FAFSA Deadlines|
|Federal||June 30||2023||The FAFSA form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2023 to be considered for federal aid. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 10, 2023.|
|September 10||2023||Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 10, 2022.|
|Arkansas||July 1||2022||Arkansas Academic Challenge
ArFuture Grant (fall term)
|California||March 2||2022||March 2, 2022 (date postmarked) for many state financial aid programs.
March 2, 2022: Submission of a school-certified GPA for Cal Grant
|September 2||2022||Date postmarked for additional community college Cal Grants|
|Other||2022||If you’re a noncitizen without a Social Security card or had one issued through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application . Contact the California Student Aid Commission or your financial aid administrator for more information.|
|Connecticut||February||2022||For priority consideration. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency. Additional forms may be required.|
|Delaware||April||2022||By midnight Central time.|
|District of Columbia||August 19||2022||For priority consideration|
|Aug. 26||2022||For priority consideration for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant, (DCTAG) complete the DC OneApp and submit supporting documents.|
|Florida||May 15||2022||Date Processed|
|Idaho||March 1||2022||For priority consideration, Opportunity Scholarship. Additional forms may be required.|
|Iowa||July 1||2022||Earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs. Additional forms may be required.|
|Kansas||April 1||2022||For priority consideration. Additional forms may be required.|
|Maine||May 1||2022||May 1, 2022, by midnight Central time.|
|Maryland||March 1||2022||March 1, 2022, by midnight Central time.|
|Massachusetts||May 1||2022||May 1, 2022 by midnight Central time for priority consideration|
|Michigan||March 1||2022||March 1, 2022, by midnight Central time.|
|Mississippi||April 30||2022||For Higher Ed Legislative Plan (HELP) Grant|
|October 15||2022||MS Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) and MS Emminent Scholars Grant (MESG)|
|Missouri||February 1||2022||Priority consideration.|
|April 1||2022||Applications are accepted through April 1, 2022, by midnight Central time.|
|New Jersey||April 15||2022||Renewal applicants (2021–22 Tuition Aid Grant recipients)
|September 15||2022||All other applicants for the fall and spring terms. Note: New Jersey will no longer participate in the Auto Zero or Simplified
Needs Test programs starting in 2022. Any student who lives in New Jersey will now
have to fill out the entire FAFSA form, regardless of their income level.
|February 15||2023||All other applicants for spring term only on Feb. 15, 2023|
|New York||June||2022||June 30, 2022, by midnight Central time. Additional forms might be required.|
|Ohio||October 2022||2022||Oct. 1, 2022, by midnight Central time.|
|Tennessee||February 1||2022||State Grants: Prior-year recipients receive award if eligible and apply by Feb. 1, 2022. All other awards are made to neediest applicants. Awards made until funds are depleted.
|September 1||2022||Tennessee HOPE Scholarship (State Lottery) for the fall term|
|February 1||2023||Tennessee HOPE Scholarship (State Lottery) for the spring and summer terms: Feb. 1, 2023, by midnight CT.|
|Texas||January 15||2022||For priority consideration.
Additional forms may be required. Private and two-year institutions may have different deadlines. Check with your financial aid administrator.
|Utah||TBD||2022||Regents’ Scholarship is being discontinued and replaced by the simplified Opportunity Scholarship, starting with the class of 2022.|
|All other states, including Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Wisconson, Wyoming||TBD||2022||
Contact Your Financial Aid Office
Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional forms may be required.