Each academic year has a deadline before which the FAFSA must be submitted. For most years, the deadline falls toward the end of June in the second calendar year of the academic term. A secondary deadline for submitting corrections to a FAFSA application usually falls in mid-September.
The late-June deadline is the federal deadline for submitting a FAFSA application. States and schools may set earlier deadlines for potential students. In addition, school deadlines may be the date by which the school must receive the FAFSA, not the date by which it must be submitted. The U.S. Department of Education urges students to clarify this date with their schools of choice.