Federal Student Aid

Federal Deadline

June 30, 2020
The online FAFSA form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2020. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 12, 2020.

State Deadline
Feb. 1, 2019
For priority consideration, submit your application by Feb. 1, 2019. Applications are accepted through April 1, 2019, at midnight CT.

College Deadline 
Check With the College
Visit the school’s website or contact its financial aid office. School deadlines are usually early in the year (often in February or March, although some are even earlier).

Prior-Prior Year (PPY) and How Students File the FAFSA

The Obama Administration recently announced a change in policy that will affect how students file the FAFSA, beginning with the high school cohort class of 2017.

Prior-Prior Year (PPY) refers to a policy enabling students and families to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using tax information from two years ago. For example, a high school senior planning to enroll in college in Fall 2017 would be able to file FAFSA using information from the family's 2015 tax return. 

FAFSA® Changes for 2017–18

On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place: 

  • Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier.  Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)
  • Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.  


FAFSA Guide 


Get Help Completing the FAFSA!!

What is FAFSA Frenzy? http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/fafsafrenzyforstudents.php

Paying for College Resource

An 8 part video series to help families understand the financial aid process. https://www.payingforcollegeresource.com/