Current FAFSA Deadlines

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form you can fill out to get financial aid.

The FAFSA is made available each year on October 1st.  For federal financial aid via FAFSA, you can apply anytime from October 1st through the end of the academic year.  However, to qualify for state financial aid, like Cal Grants, you must apply before March 2nd of the academic year.

Below are the current academic years, and the deadlines to fill out your FAFSA to qualify for both federal and state financial aid.  You should fill out a FAFSA if you will be attending school anytime within the dates of attendance listed.

Academic Year Dates of Attendance FAFSA Available Deadline to Submit FAFSA Tax Filing Year
2020-21 July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 October 1, 2019 March 2, 2020* 2018
2021-22 July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 October 1, 2020 March 2, 2021* 2019

*In California, you can still submit the FAFSA after the March 2nd deadline through June 30th, however you may not be considered for a Cal Grant if you do so.

Some Cal Grants also require the submission of a school-certified GPA by the March 2nd deadline. The GPA form may be completed by your high school or college where you completed at least a full academic year (24 semester or 36 quarter units).  Applicants are encouraged to obtain proof of mailing their GPA and to retain a copy of their GPA form.

If you are a noncitizen without a Social Security card, or had a Social Security card issued through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at caldreamact.org. You do not need to fill out a FAFSA to be eligible for California student financial aid. Contact the California Student Aid Commission (csac.ca.gov) or your financial aid administrator for more information.

Financial Aid Deadlines

Action Item Deadline Notes
Priority FAFSA Filing March 2nd You can submit a FAFSA after this point, but may not receive a Cal Grant.
Cal Grant GPA Verification March 2nd You must submit a verified GPA verifications to the California Student Aid Commission by this date for Cal Grant consideration.
File Completion Program start date Students must turn in all required documents and meet all eligibility standards by their start date. If this is not possible, students should work with their financial aid advisor to wrap up any outstanding items. If a file is not completed by the end of the first term the student’s enrollment may be interrupted.

School FAFSA Codes

The FAFSA Code for MTI College is 008680.
MTI’s Cal Grant Code is 01291200.

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