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2012-2013 ACT, SAT, FAFSA and College Financial Aid Deadlines

Getting ready to take the ACT or SAT test? Need to file your FAFSA and apply for federal and state college financial aid? We've pulled together the following list of all the big deadlines for the 2012/2013 school year.


Deadline Tips

  • Ask about the definition of a deadline - whether it is the receipt date and time or the process date and time.

  • Federal financial aid deadlines may be later than state financial aid deadlines!

  • File early! We can't stress this enough. Many types of financial aid are disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis.


2012-2013 ACT Test Dates and Deadlines

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 8, 2012 August 17, 2012 August 18 – 24, 2012
October 27, 2012 September 21, 2012 September 22 – October 5, 2012
December 8, 2012 November 2, 2012 November 3 – 16, 2012
February 9, 2013* January 11, 2013 January 12 – 18, 2013
April 13, 2013 March 8, 2013 March 9 – 22, 2013
June 8 , 2013 May 3, 2013 May 4 – 17, 2013

Source: www.actstudent.org

* No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February test date.


2012 SAT Test Dates and Deadlines

U.S. Registration Deadlines
Test Dates Test Regular Registration Deadline
(postmark/submit by)
Late Registration
June 2, 2012 SAT & Subject Tests May 8, 2012 May 22, 2012

Source: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-dates

Deadlines expire at Midnight, EST (USA)


FAFSA 2011/2012 Deadlines

Deadline PDF: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1112/pdf/Deadlines.pdf
Source: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Federal Deadline:

Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, June 30, 2012.

Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, September 15, 2012.

State Deadlines:

Each state has a different deadline. See the listing below.

College Deadlines:

Each college may have a different deadline. Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about their definition of an application deadline – whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.


FAFSA 2012/2013 Deadlines

Deadline PDF: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1213/pdf/Deadlines.pdf
Source: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Federal Deadline:

Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, June 30, 2013.

Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, September 15, 2013.

State Deadlines:

Each state has a different deadline. See the listing below.

College Deadlines:

Each college may have a different deadline. Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about their definition of an application deadline – whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

State
Click State Name for Detailed Information
State Deadline Information
Alabama Check with your financial aid administrator.
Alaska AK Education Grant and AK Performance Scholarship – June 30, 2012 by midnight, Central Time.
American Samoa Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Arizona Check with your financial aid administrator.
Arkansas For Academic Challenge – June 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time.
For Workforce Grant – check with your financial aid administrator.
For Higher Education Opportunity Grant – June 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time.
California For initial awards – March 2, 2012. Applicants encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency. For additional community college awards – September 2, 2012 – date postmarked. Applicants encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
Colorado Check with your financial aid administrator.
Connecticut February 15, 2012. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
Delaware April 15, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time.
District of Columbia June 30, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. Additional form may be required. For priority consideration, submit application by May 15, 2012. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
Federated States of Micronesia Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Florida May 15, 2012 – date processed.
Georgia Check with your financial aid administrator.
Guam Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Hawaii Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Idaho Opportunity Grant – March 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
Illinois As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
Indiana March 10, 2012 by midnight, Central Standard Time.
Iowa July 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time; earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs.
Kansas April 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
Kentucky As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
Louisiana June 30, 2013 (July 1, 2012 recommended)
Maine May 1, 2012, by midnight, Central Time.
Marshall Islands Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Maryland March 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Standard Time.
Massachusetts May 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
Michigan March 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Standard Time.
Minnesota 30 days after term starts by midnight, Central Daylight Time.
Mississippi MTAG and MESG Grants – September 15, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. HELP Scholarship – March 31, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time.
Missouri April 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
Montana March 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Standard Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
Nebraska Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Nevada Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
New Hampshire New Hampshire is not offering a state grant this year.
New Jersey 2011-2012 Tuition Aid Grant recipients – June 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. All other applications – October 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time, for fall and spring terms; March 1, 2013 by midnight, Central Daylight Time, for spring term only.
New Mexico Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
New York June 30, 2013 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. Applicants encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
North Carolina As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
North Dakota April 15, 2012 by midnight, Central Standard Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Early priority deadlines may exist for institutional programs.
N. Mariana Islands Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Ohio October 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time.
Oklahoma March 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
Oregon OSAC Private Scholarships – March 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Standard Time. Oregon Opportunity Grant – February 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Standard Time.
Palau Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Pennsylvania All first-time applicants at a community college; a business/trade/technical school; a hospital school of nursing; or enrolled in a non-transferable
2-year program – August 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Time.
All other applicants – May 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Time.
Puerto Rico Check with your financial aid administrator.
Rhode Island March 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Standard Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
South Carolina Tuition Grants – June 30, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. SC Commission on Higher Education – As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted.
South Dakota Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Tennessee For State Grant – As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted. For State Lottery – September 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Daylight Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
Texas Check with your financial aid administrator.
U.S. Virgin Islands Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Utah Check with your financial aid administrator.
Vermont As soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards made until funds are depleted. Additional form may be required.
Virginia Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
Washington Check with your financial aid administrator.
West Virginia Promise Scholarship - March 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency. WV Higher Education Grant Program – April 16, 2012 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified.
Wisconsin Check with your financial aid administrator.
Wyoming Check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.