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There are many deadlines to keep in mind when considering financial aid. Complete the Degree recommends applying for all financial aid programs as early as possible for best results. If you wait to apply, you may be left with limited options as some funds run out early each year. Your Complete the Degree advisor will also help you stay on track with financial aid applications when planning your return to college.


Tax Day

April 15th is the deadline to file your taxes. All financial assistance forms will require information from your tax return. So, be sure you file your taxes on time. However, we recommend filing for financial aid prior to April as the assistance available lessens the longer you wait. Once you enroll in college, remember to look into college tax deductions and credits.



The deadline for your FAFSA is June 30th if you plan to attend classes in August. However, more funding will be available to aid students if you apply early. You are encouraged to complete and submit each academic year’s FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.  Also, be sure to check with your particular college or university, as many have their own FAFSA deadlines. Find federal grant and loans for adult students, financial assistance calculators, and other financial tools


Illinois MAP Grant

To apply, you must complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, prior to the academic year that starts on or after July 1. your eligibility for the MAP grant will be automatically determined if the approved Illinois college at which you plan to use the award is listed on your FASFA. Learn more about eligibility for this grant.