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2020-21 Financial Aid Deadlines

College Transitions recommends submitting your FAFSA and/or CSS profile early in the financial aid window. However, we understand that not everyone is able to be an “early bird” who finishes all of the requisite paperwork in October. For your convenience, we have put together a searchable table featuring financial aid deadlines at 250+ of the top schools in the country. In this table, we included separate financial aid deadlines for early action, early decision, early decision II, and regular decision applicants.

*Data collected from institution websites.

Table updated September 8, 2020

InstitutionFA Deadline - Early ActionFA Deadline - Early Decision IFA Deadline - Early Decision IIFA Deadline - Regular Decision (Priority)*
American UniversityNovember 15January 15January 15
Amherst CollegeNovember 16January 4
Appalachian State UniversityMarch 1
Arizona State UniversityJanuary 15
Auburn UniversityMarch 1
Babson CollegeNovember 15November 15February 1February 1
Bard CollegeDecember 1February 1
Barnard CollegeNovember 16February 15
Bates CollegeNovember 15January 1January 1
Baylor UniversityNovember 1November 1February 1
Belmont UniversityMarch 1
Beloit CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15
Bentley UniversityNovember 15January 7
Boston CollegeNovember 1January 1February 1
Boston UniversityNovember 1January 1January 1
Bowdoin CollegeNovember 15January 5February 1
Brandeis UniversityNovember 1January 1January 1
Brown UniversityNovember 2February 1
Bryant UniversityFebruary 15
Bryn Mawr CollegeNovember 15January 1January 15
Bucknell UniversityNovember 15January 15January 15
Butler UniversityMarch 1
California Institute of TechnologyNovember 15March 2
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoMarch 2
Carleton CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Case Western Reserve UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
Catholic UniversityDecember 1December 1February 1
Centre CollegeDecember 1November 15January 15
Claremont McKenna CollegeNovember 1January 5January 5
Clark UniversityNovember 15November 15January 15
Clarkson UniversityDecember 1February 1
Clemson UniversityJanuary 2
Colby CollegeNovember 15January 1January 15
Colgate UniversityNovember 15January 15January 15
College of CharlestonMarch 1
College of the Holy CrossNovember 15November 15January 15
College of William and MaryNovember 15January 15February 1
Colorado CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
Colorado School of MinesMarch 1
Colorado State UniversityMarch 1
Columbia UniversityNovember 15February 15
Connecticut CollegeNovember 15January 16January 16
Cooper UnionMarch 31
Cornell UniversityNovember 21February 15
Creighton UniversityJanuary 15
CUNY Baruch CollegeMay 22
CUNY, Brooklyn CollegeMay 1
CUNY, City CollegeMarch 15
CUNY, Hunter CollegeApril 15
Dartmouth CollegeNovember 1February 1
Davidson CollegeNovember 15January 2February 1
Denison UniversityNovember 15January 15January 15
DePaul UniversityNovember 15
Dickinson CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Drew UniversityFebruary 15
Drexel UniversityFebruary 15
Duke UniversityNovember 15February 1
Duquesne UniversityMay 31
East Carolina UniversityMarch 1
Elon UniversityJanuary 1
Emerson CollegeMarch 15
Emory UniversityDecember 4January 15February 18
Fairfield UniversityDecember 1December 1January 15January 15
Florida State UniversityDecember 1
Fordham UniversityNovember 15November 15February 1
Franklin & Marshall CollegeNovember 15January 15February 1
Furman UniversityDecember 15November 15January 15February 15
George Mason UniversityJanuary 15
George Washington UniversityNovember 1January 5January 5
Georgetown UniversityFebruary 1
Georgia Institute of TechnologyJanuary 31
Georgia State UniversityApril 1
Gettysburg CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Gonzaga UniversityFebruary 1
Grinnell CollegeNovember 15January 1January 15
Hamilton CollegeNovember 23January 15January 15
Harvard UniversityNovember 1February 1
Harvey Mudd CollegeNovember 15January 5February 1
Haverford CollegeNovember 15December 15February 1
Hobart and William Smith CollegesNovember 15January 15February 1
Hofstra UniversityNovember 15
Indiana UniversityApril 15
Ithaca CollegeJanuary 15November 1January 15
James Madison UniversityMarch 1
Johns Hopkins UniversityNovember 15January 15
Kalamazoo CollegeNovember 15November 15January 15
Kenyon CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Lafayette CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Lawrence UniversityNovember 1November 1December 1January 15
Lehigh UniversityNovember 1January 1February 1
Lewis & Clark CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15
Loyola Marymount UniversityJanuary 15November 15February 1
Loyola University MarylandDecember 1February 1
Macalester CollegeNovember 8November 8January 8January 22
Marist CollegeNovember 15November 15February 1February 1
Marquette UniversityJanuary 15
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNovember 30February 15
Miami UniversityDecember 1February 1
Michigan State UniversityMarch 1
Middlebury CollegeNovember 1January 1February 1
Mississippi State UniversityApril 1
Morehouse CollegeFebruary 15
Mount Holyoke CollegeNovember 16January 4February 1
Muhlenberg CollegeNovember 15February 1February 1
New College of FloridaNovember 1
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyFebruary 15
New York UniversityNovember 15January 15February 20
North Carolina State UniversityMarch 1
Northeastern UniversityDecember 1November 15January 15February 15
Northwestern UniversityDecember 1February 15
Oberlin CollegeNovember 15January 2January 15
Occidental CollegeNovember 15January 1January 10
Ohio State UniversityFebruary 1
Ohio UniversityJanuary 15
Oregon State UniversityFebruary 28
Penn State UniversityDecember 1
Pepperdine UniversityNovember 1February 15
Pitzer CollegeNovember 15January 1January 1
Pomona CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Princeton UniversityFebruary 1
Providence CollegeNovember 15November 15January 15February 1
Purdue UniversityMarch 1
Quinnipiac UniversityMarch 1
Ramapo College of New JerseyMarch 1
Reed CollegeNovember 15November 15December 20January 15
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteDecember 1November 1December 15February 1
Rhodes CollegeNovember 15November 1November 15January 1
Rice UniversityNovember 15March 1
Rochester Institute of TechnologyNovember 1January 1January 15
Rutgers UniversityDecember 1
San Diego State UniversityMarch 2
San Francisco State UniversityMarch 2
Santa Clara UniversityNovember 15November 15January 15February 1
Sarah Lawrence CollegeNovember 1November 1January 2January 15
Scripps CollegeDecember 1January 5January 5
Seattle UniversityFebruary 1
Seton Hall UniversityJanuary 15
Sewanee: University of the SouthDecember 1
Skidmore CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Smith CollegeNovember 15January 2January 25
Southern Methodist UniversityNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
Southwestern UniversityMarch 2December 1March 2
Spelman CollegeFebruary 1
St. Mary's College of MarylandFebruary 28
St. Olaf CollegeNovember 15January 8January 15
Stanford UniversityNovember 15February 15
Stevens Institute of TechnologyDecember 1January 15February 15
SUNY Binghamton UniversityApril 1
SUNY Stony BrookApril 1
SUNY University at BuffaloMarch 1
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and ForestryFebruary 1
SUNY, GeneseoNovember 15February 1
SUNY, University at AlbanyMarch 15
Swarthmore CollegeNovember 15January 1January 1
Syracuse UniversityNovember 15January 1January 1
Temple UniversityFebruary 1
Texas A&M UniversityDecember 15
Texas Christian UniversityNovember 1November 1February 1
Texas Tech UniversityMarch 1
The College of New JerseyNovember 1January 1February 15
The College of WoosterNovember 1January 15February 15
Towson UniversityJanuary 15
Trinity CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Trinity UniversityNovember 1November 1February 1February 1
Truman State UniversityMarch 15
Tufts UniversityNovember 15January 15February 3
Tulane UniversityDecember 15November 15February 15
Union CollegeNovember 1November 1January 15January 15
University of AlabamaMarch 1
University of ArizonaMarch 1
University of California, BerkeleyMarch 2
University of California, DavisMarch 2
University of California, IrvineMarch 2
University of California, Los AngelesMarch 2
University of California, RiversideMarch 2
University of California, San DiegoMarch 2
University of California, Santa BarbaraMarch 2
University of California, Santa CruzMarch 2
University of Central FloridaDecember 1
University of ChicagoNovember 15November 15January 15February 15
University of CincinnatiDecember 1
University of Colorado BoulderFebruary 15
University of Connecticut, StorrsFebruary 15
University of DelawareJanuary 15
University of DenverNovember 15November 15February 1February 1
University of FloridaNovember 1
University of GeorgiaDecember 15July 1
University of Hawaii at ManoaFebruary 1
University of HoustonMarch 15
University of Illinois at ChicagoFebruary 15
University of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignMarch 15
University of IowaDecember 1
University of KansasMay 1
University of KentuckyJune 30
University of LouisvilleMarch 15
University of MaineMarch 1
University of Mary WashingtonFebruary 1
University of MarylandJanuary 1
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyFebruary 14
University of Massachusetts AmherstMarch 1
University of MiamiNovember 15November 15January 1January 1
University of MichiganMarch 31
University of MinnesotaMarch 1
University of Minnesota, MorrisMarch 1
University of MississippiJanuary 5
University of Missouri, ColumbiaJanuary 1
University of Missouri, Kansas CityFebruary 1
University of MontanaDecember 1
University of Nebraska-LincolnApril 1
University of New HampshireMarch 1
University of North Carolina at AshevilleMarch 1
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillMarch 1
University of North Carolina at CharlotteJanuary 1
University of North Carolina at GreensboroDecember 1
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonJanuary 1
University of North TexasMarch 15
University of Notre DameNovember 15February 15
University of OklahomaDecember 15
University of OregonMarch 1
University of PennsylvaniaNovember 4February 3
University of PittsburghMarch 1
University of PortlandMarch 1
University of Puget SoundNovember 15January 15
University of Rhode IslandMarch 1
University of RichmondNovember 15November 15February 1February 1
University of RochesterDecember 1February 15
University of San DiegoMarch 2
University of San FranciscoJanuary 1
University of ScrantonDecember 15
University of South CarolinaApril 1
University of Southern CaliforniaFebruary 13
University of TennesseeFebruary 1
University of Texas at AustinJanuary 15
University of Texas at DallasJanuary 15
University of TulsaJanuary 1
University of UtahFebruary 1
University of VermontFebruary 1
University of VirginiaDecember 1November 15February 1
University of WashingtonJanuary 15
University of WisconsinDecember 1
Unversity of South FloridaJanuary 1
Ursinus CollegeNovember 1December 1February 1February 1
Vanderbilt UniversityNovember 5January 2February 3
Vassar CollegeNovember 15January 1February 1
Villanova UniversityDecember 1November 1January 15
Virginia TechMarch 1
Wake Forest UniversityNovember 15January 1January 1
Washington and Lee UniversityDecember 1January 15February 15
Washington State UniversityJanuary 31
Washington UniversityNovember 1January 2January 2
Wellesley CollegeNovember 1January 1February 15
Wesleyan UniversityNovember 15January 15February 15
Whitman CollegeNovember 15January 15January 15
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNovember 1January 15February 15
Yale UniversityNovember 15March 1
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNovember 15February 15
Louisiana State UniversityMarch 1
St. Lawrence UniversityNovember 1February 1
Williams CollegeNovember 20January 15