8 Financial Aid Dates Students Need To Know
Financial aid is money to help pay for college. Seniors and current college students should keep track of these dates and complete forms on time in order to get the most money possible.
❶ October 1
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens. Colleges use this form to determine grants, scholarships, work-study and loans available for each student. Eligible undocumented students in Oregon should complete the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) which also opens on or after October 1. Fill out the FAFSA or ORSAA as soon as possible to receive the most financial aid.
❷ November 1
OSAC Scholarship Application opens. Oregon students complete one application for 600+ scholarships.
❸ March 1
OSAC Scholarship Application deadline. Complete it by the early bird deadline of February 15 to be in the running for an additional $1,000 scholarship.
❹ April 15
Federal and state taxes due. FAFSA uses student and parent tax information from the previous year so be sure to file on time.
❺ May 1
Accept financial aid awards. Many colleges require a confirmation and deposit by this date so be sure to compare financial aid awards carefully. Remember – you don't need to accept all of the loans that a school offers.
❻ June 1
Oregon Promise deadline for most students. This grant covers most of the cost of community college in Oregon for eligible students. Make sure to complete the FAFSA or ORSAA by this date, too!
Search and apply for scholarships. There are countless scholarships available with a variety of different deadlines. Colleges might have specific deadlines for their own scholarships programs - remember to check these, too.
Additional financial aid forms due. Some colleges may have a priority deadline for financial aid or require additional financial aid forms like the CSS Profile. Check college websites for any additional deadlines or requirements.
Originally published September 2017; updated in September 2019