2020 Colleges of Distinction FAFSA Deadlines

In order to qualify for federal student loans, you have to fill out the Free Application for Student Aid, also known as FAFSA, for every year that you want aid. A missed deadline can lose you thousands of dollars toward your tuition, so it’s important to stay on top of the multiple deadlines that come with this application. Thankfully, the FAFSA is now available on October 1st each year, three months earlier than it used to be. This gives you more time to start applying and get a better idea of the multiple deadlines you need to be aware of.

The earliest deadlines tend to be specific to the schools you’re applying to. Make a point to search for the FAFSA deadlines for every school you’re considering. If you complete the FAFSA after a school’s deadline, you may not be able to receive the aid you need; at best, the school will only be able to give you a fraction of the amount you could have received otherwise. There are over 7,000 college and university codes as well as over 400 foreign institutions for you to choose from. Otherwise, you can usually find the proper code to use on each school’s financial aid page. 

If you miss a school’s FAFSA deadline, you can still call the financial aid office to see if it will give you a second chance to apply. The federal deadline, however, is less forgiving. If you miss the federal FAFSA deadline, then you are no longer eligible to submit your application for that year. 

Below is a list of 2020 Colleges of Distinction FAFSA deadlines to help you when you submit your FAFSA. It is imperative that you know your college FAFSA deadlines so you have the opportunity to earn financial aid through federal loans.




Samford University February 15
Spring Hill College March 1
Stillman College Check Website
Tuskegee University March 31
University of Alabama at Birmingham 45 days prior to the start of classes
University of Montevallo March 1
Ottawa University-Arizona March 15
Prescott College June 30
Arkansas Tech University August 1
Harding University February 15
Hendrix College March 1
John Brown University February 14
Lyon College March 1
University of Central Arkansas June 20


Azusa Pacific University June 30
California Polytechnic State University March 2
California State University, Fullerton March 2
California State University, Long Beach March 2
California State University, Stanislaus March 2
Chapman University March 2
Concordia University Irvine March 2
Dominican University of California March 2
Holy Names University March 2
La Sierra University March 2
Loyola Marymount University February 1
Mills College March 2
Notre Dame de Namur University March 2
Saint Mary’s College of California March 1
Santa Clara University February 1
Simpson University March 2
University of California, Santa Barbara March 2
University of California, Santa Cruz March 2
University of La Verne March 2
University of Redlands March 2
University of San Diego March 2
Westmont College March 2
Whittier College March 2
Woodbury University February 1
Colorado Christian University Check Website
Colorado Mesa University Check Website
Colorado School of Mines Freshman/transfer Students: March 1

Returning Students: April 1

Naropa University March 1
University of Denver Nov 15; Feb 1; March 15
University of Northern Colorado March 1
Western Colorado University March 1
Albertus Magnus College First-Year Student: March 15

Returning Students: April 15

Transfer Students: June 1

Eastern Connecticut State University March 1
Fairfield University June 1
Goodwin College Check Website
Sacred Heart University Early Decision: December 1

Early Action: December 15

Regular Decision: February 15

University of Hartford February 1
University of New Haven March 1
Barry University April 15
Flagler College April 1
Florida Gulf Coast University January 1
Florida Institute of Technology Check Website
Florida Southern College March 1
Lynn University March 1
Rollins College December 1
Southeastern University June 30
University of Miami April 15
University of South Florida January 1
University of West Florida January 1, March 1
Brenau University One month before the beginning date of the semester
Georgia Gwinnett College Fall: July 6     Spring: December 1     Summer: April 15
Georgia State University April 1
Kennesaw State University March 1
Mercer University May 1
Oglethorpe University November 15
Piedmont College Check Website
Reinhardt University Check Website
University of West Georgia Fall: July 1     Spring: November 1     Summer: April 1
Northwest Nazarene University January 15
The College of Idaho November 15
Aurora University June 30
Benedictine University Check Website
Concordia University Chicago December 1
DePaul University November 15
Elmhurst College February 15
Greenville University November 1
Illinois State University November 15
Illinois Wesleyan University November 1
Judson University February 1
Lewis University March 25
Loyola University Chicago December 1
MacMurray College February 1
McKendree University November 1
North Park University February 1
Olivet Nazarene University Check Website
Saint Xavier University December 1
The University of Illinois at Chicago Check Website
Trinity Christian College Check Website
Trinity International University February 15
University of St. Francis November 1
Wheaton College Early Action: November 10

Regular Admission: January 22

Transfer Students: January 22

Current Students: March 1

Anderson University August 1
Ball State University April 15
Bethel University Indiana April 15
Butler University December 1
DePauw University Early Decision I: November 15

Early Action: December 1

Early Decision II: January 15

Regular Decision: February 1

Returning Students: March 1

Franklin College April 15
Indiana State University April 15
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology March 1
Taylor University February 15
University of Indianapolis April 15
Briar Cliff University July 1
Buena Vista University June 1
Drake University March 1
Mount Mercy University March 1
Northwestern College Early Decision: December 1

Regular Decision: February 15

Transfer Students: March 15

St. Ambrose University March 15
University of Dubuque Check Website
Baker University March 15
Emporia State University April 1
Friends University February 1
Kansas Wesleyan University March 15
Newman University December 1
Ottawa University March 15
Southwestern College June 30
Centre College Early Decision: November 15

Early Action: December 1

Regular Decision: January 15

Eastern Kentucky University Check Website
Lindsey Wilson College October 31
Transylvania University Check Website
University of Louisville June 30
University of the Cumberlands March 1
Centenary College of Louisiana Fall: May 1     Spring December 1    Summer May 1
Louisiana Tech University January 5
Tulane University Freshman Students: Feb 15

Returning Students: April 15

University of New Orleans April 1
Xavier University of Louisiana March 1
Maine Maritime Academy Check Website
Unity College Check Website
University of Maine March 1
Loyola University Maryland January 15
Morgan State University March 1
Notre Dame of Maryland University February 15
Salisbury University March 1
St. Mary’s College of Maryland February 28


Assumption College First Year Students: January 15 

Transfer Students: March 31

Returning Students: March 31

Becker College January 15
Curry College March 1
Dean College Check Website
Emmanuel College February 15
Lasell University March 1
Nichols College March 1
Northeastern University Check Website
Stonehill College Early Action: November 1

Early Decision: December 1

Early Decision II: February 1

Regular Decision: January 15

January Admission: November 1

Returning Students: March 15

Suffolk University March 1
University of Massachusetts Lowell March 1
Western New England University March 1
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Early Action Round 1: November 1

Early Action Round 2: January 1

Regular Decision: February 1

Transfer Students: may 15

Adrian College March 1
Albion College March 1
Alma College March 1
Central Michigan University February 15
Concordia University Ann Arbor Check Website
Cornerstone University March 1
Hillsdale College Check Website
Kalamazoo College Early Decision: November 15

Early Action: January 15

Early Decision II: February 1

Current student: March 1

Michigan Technological University March 1
Siena Heights University Check Website
Spring Arbor University March 1
Western Michigan University Check Website
Bethel University Minnesota New Students: April 15    Returning Students: May 15
University of Minnesota Duluth Incoming Freshmen: February 15

Returning Students: April 1

University of Minnesota Morris Incoming Freshmen: March 1

Returning Students: April 15

University of Minnesota Rochester Check Website
University of St. Thomas Check Website
Belhaven University Check Website
Millsaps College Incoming Students: February 1

Returning Students: March 1

Evangel University Spring: November 1    Fall: December 1    Summer: April 1
Fontbonne University March 1
Missouri State University February 1
Missouri University of Science and Technology February 1
Saint Louis University February 1
Stephens College February 1
Truman State University Check Website
Carroll College December 1
Rocky Mountain College February 1
College of Saint Mary March 15
Concordia University, Nebraska Check Website
Creighton University January 15
Nebraska Wesleyan University Check Website
Wayne State College April 1
Nevada Sierra Nevada College April 30
New Hampshire
Rivier University March 1
University Of New Hampshire March 1

New Jersey

Caldwell University April 15
College of Saint Elizabeth April 1
Georgian Court University April 15
Kean University April 15
Monmouth University First come first serve basis
Ramapo College of New Jersey March 1
Rider University February 15
Rutgers University-Newark April 15
Seton Hall University March 1
Stevens Institute of Technology Early Decision I: December 1

Early Decision II: January 15

Other Incoming Students: February 15

Returning Students: April 15

The College of New Jersey February 15

New York

Adelphi University March 1
Baruch College Check Website
Binghamton University New students: January 1    Current Students: March 1
Canisius College Freshmen and Transfer Students: February 15

Returning Students: March 1

College of Mount Saint Vincent First-Year Students: March 15

Current Students: April 15

Daemen College November 15
Dominican College Fall: March 15    Spring: November 15
Elmira College July 1
Fordham University Early action/decision: November 15

Regular decision: February 10

Transfer Students: April 1

Spring Admissions: November 1

Continuing Students: April 6

Hartwick College March 1
Iona College April 15
Keuka College Check Website
Le Moyne College February 15
Long Island University March 1
Manhattan College February 15
Manhattanville College March 1
Mount Saint Mary College Freshmen Students: February 15    Regular: March 1
New York Institute of Technology February 14
Niagara University February 15
Purchase College May 12
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Early Decision: November 1.    Regular: February 1
Russell Sage College Check Website
SUNY Geneseo Early Admission: Nov 15

Everyone Else – February 1

SUNY New Paltz March 1
SUNY Oswego February 15
St. Francis College Check Website
St. John Fisher College January 15
St. John’s University First-Year Students: December 15

Current Students: March 1

St. Joseph’s College, New York Spring: January 1    Fall: February 25
St. Thomas Aquinas College March 2
Stony Brook University February 15
The King’s College March 15
University at Albany, SUNY January 1
Utica College New applicants: March 1

Returning students: April 1

Wells College First-Year Students: December 1

Current Students: May 1

North Carolina

Appalachian State University March 1
Belmont Abbey College February 1
Elon University January 10
Gardner-Webb University Check Website
High Point University Check Website
Lees-McRae College March 31
Meredith College Early Decision: November 15

Early Action: January 15

Regular Decision: February 15

Transfer: March 1

North Carolina A&T State University March 1
Pfeiffer University Check Website
University of Mount Olive Check Website
University of North Carolina at Greensboro December 1
University of North Carolina—Wilmington Fall: January 1    Spring: October 1    Summer: April 1
Wake Forest University March 1
Western Carolina University January 1
North Dakota University of Mary Incoming Freshmen Students: February 1

Transfer Students: April 1

Current Students: February 1


Bluffton University May 1
Defiance College April 1
Denison University Early Decision 1: November 15

Early Decision 2/Regular Decision: January 15

Hiram College March 15
Miami University—Oxford Priority 1: December 1    Priority 2: February 1
Mount St. Joseph University March 1
Ohio Dominican University February 15
Otterbein University February 15
University of Cincinnati December 1
University of Dayton February 1
University of Mount Union Check Website
Walsh University Check Website
Wilmington College March 15
Wittenberg University January 1
Xavier University February 15
Oklahoma Baptist University January 1
Oklahoma Christian University Check Website
Oral Roberts University March 1
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Check Website
University of Tulsa January 15
Corban University March 1
Eastern Oregon University Check Website
George Fox University Check Website
Pacific University February 15
Portland State University February 1
University of Portland Incoming Students: March 15

Everyone Else: January 15

Warner Pacific University Check Website
Willamette University February 1


Cabrini University Check Website
California University of Pennsylvania March 1
Carlow University March 15
Chatham University Check Website
Chestnut Hill College May 1
Drexel University February 15
Duquesne University May 31
Geneva College March 15
La Roche University May 1
Lafayette College Spring Transfer: November 1

Early Decision I: November 15

Regular Decision: January 15

Fall Transfer: May 1

Lycoming College May 1
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania April 15
Mercyhurst University March 15
Messiah College Check Website
Millersville University March 15
Mount Aloysius College April 1
Rosemont College January 15
Saint Francis University November 1
Saint Joseph’s University Early Action: December 1

Early Decision I: December 1

Early Decision II: January 15

Regular Decision: January 15

Seton Hill University Check Website
Shippensburg University March 31
Slippery Rock University May 1
Susquehanna University November 1
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford March 1
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown April 1
University of Scranton April 15
Villanova University Early Decision Applicants: November 1

Early Action Applicants: December 1

Regular Decision Applicants: January 15

Current Students: April 1     Fall Transfers: June 1

Spring Transfers Applicants: November 1

Waynesburg University November 1
West Chester University of Pennsylvania February 1
Wilson College April 30
York College of Pennsylvania November 1
Rhode Island
Providence College February 1
University of Rhode Island March 1
South Carolina
Coastal Carolina University March 15
College of Charleston March 1
Furman University Early Decision: November 15

Early Action: December 15

Regular Decision: February 15

Presbyterian College March 1
University of South Carolina Aiken March 1
University of South Carolina Upstate March 1


Belmont University December 1
Carson-Newman University August 1
Christian Brothers University Check Website
Freed-Hardeman University Check Website
King University Returning Students: April 1
Lipscomb University Check Website
Maryville College April 1
Middle Tennessee State University May 1
Rhodes College Early Decision I: November 1

Early Action: November 15

Early Decision II: November 15 or at application

Regular Decision: January 1

Abilene Christian University Check Website
Angelo State University January 15
Dallas Baptist University March 15
Hardin-Simmons University Check Website
Lubbock Christian University Check Website
McMurry University Check Website
Schreiner University Check Website
Southern Methodist University Early Decision I/Early Action: November 1

Early Decision II/Regular Decision: January 15

St. Edward’s University January 15
St. Mary’s University March 1
Stephen F. Austin State University January 15
Texas Christian University Freshman Students: February 1

Transfer Students: April 15

The University of Texas at Dallas January 15
The University of Texas at San Antonio January 15
Trinity University Check Website
University of Houston January 15
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor December 1
University of the Incarnate Word January 15
Southern Utah University Check Website
Westminster College of Utah Check Website
Castleton University April 30
Champlain College Early Decision: November 15

Regular Decision: January 15

University of Vermont February 1
Averett University Check Website
College of William & Mary Early Decision I: November 15

Early Decision II: January 15

Regular: February 1

Spring Transfer: November 15

Fall Transfer: March 1

Emory & Henry College March 1
Hampton University Fall: March 1    Spring: November 1
James Madison University March 1
Mary Baldwin University March 1
Old Dominion University January 1
Radford University December 1
Roanoke College New students: March 1    Returning Students: April 1
Shenandoah University Check Website
Sweet Briar College May 2
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise February 15
University of Mary Washington Freshmen Students: February 1    Transfer: April 1

Current: February 1

University of Richmond May 15
Virginia Wesleyan University Check Website
Gonzaga University February 1
Northwest University February 15
Seattle Pacific University Early Action: November 1    Regular: March 1

Transfer Early Action: April 1

Transfer Regular: July 1     Returning: May 1

Seattle University February 1
Western Washington University January 31
West Virginia Davis & Elkins College March 1


Cardinal Stritch University December 1
Concordia University Wisconsin Check Website
Marquette University February 1
Northland College Check Website
St. Norbert College January 1
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse February 1
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh January 1
University of Wisconsin–Parkside March 15
University of Wisconsin–Stout March 15
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater January 1
Viterbo University February 1
Wisconsin Lutheran College New Students: December 1

Continuing students: February 1