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Important Dates and Deadlines

October 1

(Prior to the fall semester for which you are requesting funds)

Beginning with the 2017–18 academic year, October 1 of the prior calendar year is the first day you can sign and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA.

Beginning with the 2017–18 academic year, applicants must provide tax information from the “prior-prior” tax year. (For example, 2017–18 applicants must use tax information from 2015.)

If you plan to attend college in:You will submit your FAFSA for this academic year:You will submit your FAFSA during this timeframe:You will use tax info from this year:
Fall 2018
Spring 2019
Summer 2019
 
2018-2019October 1, 2017 to June 30, 20192016
Fall 2019
Spring 2020
Summer 2020
2019-2020October 1, 2018 to June 30, 20202017

November

In November, DigiPen’s Office of Financial Aid starts to mail acknowledgments for those FAFSAs we have received. We also start to mail requests for information to students with incomplete applications or missing materials.

August

In August, tuition balance becomes due for fall semester. Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds are automatically applied to your tuition balance — the remaining balance will need to be paid via check, cash, or credit card.

April

The deadline for DigiPen scholarships is April 1 each calendar year. Scholarship applications are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Spring and Summer Months

During the spring and summer months, our office reviews information we requested from you or new information you provided. Information is reviewed in the order it is received. DigiPen accepts admissions applications and financial aid materials throughout the year and, depending on the time of year, announces awards via award offer letters two to four weeks after the Office of Financial Aid receives your FAFSA.

September

(Of the fall semester for which you are requesting funds)

In September, Direct Loan funds are issued to students two to three weeks after the start of fall semester.

December

In December, tuition balance becomes due for spring semester. Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds are automatically applied to your tuition balance — the remaining balance will need to be paid via check, cash, or credit card.

January

Direct Loan funds are issued to students two to three weeks after the start of spring semester in January.


Tips

We recommend you submit your FAFSA as early as possible after October 1 — at least three months prior to when you expect to enter school. You may begin the process at any time; however, financial aid will not be awarded until you have been accepted to your school of choice.

Physical FAFSA forms are available upon request only. If you need a physical FAFSA form, call 1-800-4-FEDAID or ask your high school counselor for a copy.

If you want to estimate your financial aid before beginning the full process, feel free to use the DigiPen Net Price Calculator or the Department of Education’s FAFSA4caster, either of which can estimate the amount of aid you and your family may be eligible for.

We’re happy to assist you with the FAFSA at any time in the process. If you’re not sure what to do next, there are circumstances surrounding your FAFSA, or your circumstances have changed since filing your FAFSA, simply contact a DigiPen financial aid administrator and we’ll help as much as we can.