You have to file the FAFSA no later than April 15. The form is available October 1. Check with your college or colleges you hope to attend to make sure they don’t have an earlier deadline. Some colleges also have additional financial aid paperwork, so make sure you aren’t missing anything important.
Certain scholarships may also require you to file your FAFSA at different times. Students applying for the Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship must file the FAFSA their junior year of high school.
It’s important to remember that all students must file the FAFSA annually while in college. And, students in 21st Century Scholars must file, even if they’re planning to not enroll in college in the fall.