It is important for students to take action on all types of financial aid as early as possible in order to maximize their consideration for funding. Below is a list of all dates and deadlines that apply to the financial aid process.
|Academic Year Dates and Deadlines||2019-20||2020-21|
|FAFSA available for coming aid year. Complete the FAFSA as early in October as possible for maximum consideration.||October 1, 2018||October 1, 2019|
|DigiPen Scholarship Applications open for next academic year.||October 1, 2018||October 1, 2019|
|Priority FAFSA receipt deadline. FAFSA must be received by the Financial Aid Office for maximum consideration. Students may still complete a FAFSA after this date and be considered for aid, however, their aid maybe delayed.||February 1, 2019||February 1, 2020|
|Priority consideration date for incoming student Bridge & Merit Scholarships. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their Admissions application by this date in order to be considered for the Bridge and Merit Scholarships for next year. Scholarship funds are awarded on a rolling basis and are gone once the budget is spent.||February 1, 2019||February 1, 2020|
|Priority deadline for new incoming students to submit additional information, verification materials, and any other forms the Financial Aid Office has requested.||March 15, 2019||March 15, 2020|
|Final deadline for DigiPen scholarships each calendar year. Scholarship applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, so students are encouraged to apply early.||April 1, 2019||April 1, 2020|
|Priority deadline for returning students to submit additional information, verification materials (if selected, and any other forms the Office of Financial Aid has requested for students attending fall/spring semester.||July 1, 2019||July 1, 2020|
|Priority deadline for all students to complete loan application processes for most loans (Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized, PLUS, Grad PLUS, and Alternative loans) for fall semester.||July 1, 2019||July 1, 2020|
|Fall semester tuition due.||August 15, 2019||August 13, 2020|
|Fall semester starts.||September 3, 2019||August 31, 2020|
|Fall undergraduate and graduate census date.||September 16, 2019||September 14, 2020|
|Final deadline to submit loan applications (Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized, PLUS, Grad PLUS, and Alternative loans) and/or changes for fall semester. Applications and/or changes submitted after this date may not be processed.||November 25, 2019||November 2020|
|Priority deadline for completing loan application processes (Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized, PLUS, Grad PLUS, and Alternative loans) for spring semester.||November 25, 2019||November 2020|
|Final deadline to submit verification documents for students who will no longer be enrolled after the fall semester. Verification documents received after this date may not be processed.||November 25, 2019||November 2020|
|Spring semester tuition due.||December 15, 2019||December 2020|
|Spring semester starts.||January 6, 2020||January 2021|
|Spring undergraduate and graduate census date.||January 20, 2020||January 2021|
|Deadline to submit a complete Professional Judgement request for consideration this academic year. Paperwork submitted after this date may not be processed.||March 1, 2020||March 1, 2021|
|Final deadline to submit loan applications (Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized, PLUS, Grad PLUS, and Alternative loans) and/or changes for spring semester. Applications and/or changes submitted after this date may not be processed.||April 3, 2020||April 2021|
|Final deadline to submit verification documents for this academic year. Verification documents received after this date may not be processed.||April 3, 2020||April 2021|
We recommend students submit their FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 — at least three months prior to when they expect to start school. Students can begin the process at any time; however, financial aid will not be awarded until a student is accepted into DigiPen.
To estimate one’s financial aid before beginning the full process, one should 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 a student may be eligible to receive.
The Office of Financial Aid can assist with the FAFSA at any point in the process. If one is unsure of next steps, if there are unique circumstances surrounding one’s FAFSA, or if one’s circumstances have changed since filing one’s FAFSA, simply contact a DigiPen financial aid administrator; we will be happy to answer any questions.