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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 Deadlines2022-232023-24
FAFSA available for coming aid year. Complete the FAFSA as early in October as possible for maximum consideration.October 1, 2021October 1, 2022
DigiPen Scholarship Applications open for next academic year.October 1, 2021October 1, 2022
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, 2022February 1, 2023
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, 2022February 1, 2023
Priority deadline for new incoming students to submit additional information, verification materials, and any other forms the Financial Aid Office has requested.March 15, 2022March 15, 2023
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, 2022April 1, 2023
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, 2022July 1, 2023
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, 2022July 1, 2023
Fall semester SAP appeals due.August 15, 2022August 14, 2023
Fall semester starts.August 29, 2022August 28, 2023
Fall undergraduate and graduate census date.September 12, 2022September 11, 2023
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 21, 2022November 20, 2023
Priority deadline for completing loan application processes (Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized, PLUS, Grad PLUS, and Alternative loans) for spring semester.November 21, 2022November 20, 2023
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 21, 2022November 20, 2023
Spring semester SAP appeals due.December 15, 2022December 15, 2023
Spring semester starts.January 3, 2023TBD
Spring undergraduate and graduate census date.January 17, 2023TBD
Deadline to submit a complete Professional Judgment request for consideration this academic year. Paperwork submitted after this date may not be processed.March 1, 2023March 1, 2024
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 1, 2023April 1, 2024
Final deadline to submit verification documents for this academic year. Verification documents received after this date may not be processed.April 1, 2023April 1, 2024

Summer Dates and Deadlines2022-232023-24
FAFSA available for summer. Complete the FAFSA as early in October as possible for maximum aid consideration.October 1, 2021October 1, 2022
Priority FAFSA receipt deadline. FAFSA must be received by the Office of Financial Aid for maximum consideration. You may still complete a FAFSA after this date and be considered for aid, however, your aid maybe delayed.February 1, 2022February 1, 2023
Priority deadline for completing loan application processes (Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized, PLUS, Grad PLUS, and Alternative loans) for summer semester.April 6, 2023April 6, 2024
Priority deadline for submitting additional information, verification materials (if selected) and any other forms the Office of Financial Aid has requested for students attending summer classes.April 6, 2023April 6, 2024
First day of Summer Semester.May 1, 2023TBD
Summer semester SAP appeals due.May 1, 2023TBD
Summer undergraduate and graduate census date.May 15, 2023TBD
Deadline to receive completed verification documents or process loans for summer semester.July 1, 2023TBD

Tips

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.

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