a month ago
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Is It Too Late For Spring 2025 Financial Aid?

I've graduated earlier this month, but decided to take a gap year to round out my application and explore more of my interests, so I'm applying for enrollment in spring 2025. Many school FAFSA deadlines are March-May via their websites, but I was wondering if this is only for Fall 2024, or if this applies for the entire 2024-2025 academic year, including spring 2025. Is it a similar situation for the CSS?

I'm first-gen and homeschooled, so I've been doing much of my college research myself, but couldn't find clarification on this topic.


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a month ago

Good question!

I got some info from the ivy assistant because I wasn't sure myself :)

"The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available on October 1st each year. Since you're planning to enroll in Spring 2025, you should complete the FAFSA for the 2024-2025 academic year, which will open on October 1, 2023. Keep in mind that some colleges and states have their own deadlines for submitting the FAFSA, so it's essential to check those deadlines and submit your application as soon as possible after October 1st.

Do you have any other questions or concerns about the financial aid process?

Me: Isn't it too late to submit then?

ivy: I understand your concern. Since you're planning to enroll in Spring 2025, the ideal time to submit the FAFSA would have been as soon as it opened on October 1, 2023. However, the FAFSA remains open until June 30th of the academic year for which you're applying. This means you still have time to submit the FAFSA for the 2024-2025 academic year, but I would recommend doing so as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that some financial aid opportunities are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you submit the FAFSA, the better your chances of receiving aid. Additionally, make sure to check the specific deadlines for the colleges you're interested in attending"

Hope this helps you! I highly recommend reaching out to the colleges you are applying to if you have questions. Also, check and see if the fasfa website has info on what to do in your situation.

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