Hand writing Priority with blue marker on transparent wipe board.Whether you’re a first-time student, a returning student, or a transfer student, you should fill out the FAFSA for each year you plan to attend college.

The FAFSA is available beginning Oct. 1 each year to apply for financial aid for the following academic year. You should submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.

You do not have to wait to be admitted to college to file a FAFSA.

Grant and scholarship deadlines

Some grant and scholarship programs have specific FAFSA deadlines.

The FAFSA priority deadline for the Access Missouri Grant program is Feb. 1 for the following academic year. Eligible students who complete the FAFSA by Feb. 1 will be guaranteed a grant award. The final Access Missouri deadline is April 2, 2018. Eligible students who apply between Feb. 1 and April 2, 2018, will receive a grant award if funding is available.

Other Missouri financial aid programs also require you to have a FAFSA on file. Check the individual programs for their FAFSA deadline.

Many colleges and universities have their own FAFSA deadlines for the financial aid they offer, so be sure to check with the school you plan to attend so you do not miss the cutoff.

Renewal students

Remember to complete the FAFSA each year you plan to attend school. If you filed online, you should receive a reminder email.

Transfer students

If you are a college student transferring to another school, your new college will need a completed FAFSA prior to awarding financial aid. Be sure to contact the school about your plans to transfer and update your FAFSA with your new college’s federal school code by logging on to fafsa.gov. To transfer Missouri student aid, contact the Missouri Department of Higher Education at 800-473-6757, option 4.