Priority Processing FAFSA Deadline

Fall Spring
Prospective Undergraduate February 15 September 15
Early Action & Early Decision Applicants December 1
Current Undergraduate April 15
Prospective Graduate March 15 November 1
Current Graduate March 15

The priority deadline is the date by which you should have filed your FAFSA. This date gives a reasonable amount of time for the student/parent to correct any errors, resolve federal database mismatches and provide any additional documentation requests from the Department of Education and Catholic University. This date also gives Catholic University the time required to review and complete any federal or institutional verification.

The priority deadline is most important for prospective undergraduate students since these students need their complete financial aid package to make a final decision on what school they will be attending. Filing your FAFSA by the priority deadline and promptly responding to any requests for additional documentation will result in the student receiving their Financial Aid Notification letter on the earliest date.

Late Processing FAFSA Deadline

Fall Spring
Prospective Undergraduate April 1 December 1
Current Undergraduate June 1 April 15
All Graduate Contact your academic department Contact your academic department

Applications received after the late deadline are processed on a rolling basis. Because we work with limited funds in the campus-based federal and university need-based programs, aid from these programs are awarded on a funds available basis. Aid offers made after the late deadline may contain only direct aid, such as Pell Grants (for exceptionally needy students who qualify) and loans from the Federal Direct Loan programs.

Graduate Students

All graduate university scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are awarded by the respective academic departments. These awards are not administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance or the Office of Admissions. Therefore, graduate students should contact their respective academic departments concerning deadlines and application procedures. The Office of Student Financial Assistance only processes graduate students for federal loan eligibility, therefore graduate students are processed on a rolling basis as FAFSA applications are received, until our Federal Loan FAFSA Processing Deadline. All departmental awards must be coordinated with any federal or commercial loans. Reduction of loan amounts may result if departmental awards are received after loan eligibility is determined. 

Federal Loan FAFSA Processing Deadline

Fall Spring
All Students November 10 April 10

In order for the Office of Student Financial Assistance to process you for your federal loan eligibility for the fall term, we must receive your completed, valid FAFSA results from the U.S. Department of Education by November 10 of that term. If you are applying for federal loans for the full academic year (fall and spring) or for the spring term only, we must receive your completed valid FAFSA results from the U.S. Department of Education by April 10 of the spring term.

 Summer Loans

In order for the Office of Student Financial Assistance to process you for your federal loan eligibility for the summer term, we must receive your completed valid FAFSA results from the U.S. Department of Education three weeks before the end of the last summer session for which you are registered.

 Financial Aid Notification Letters Mailing Dates (Estimated)

Fall Spring
Prospective Undergraduate March 1 November 15
Early Action & Early Decision Applicants February 1
Current Undergraduate June 15
Prospective Graduate April 15 November 15
Current Graduate June 15

Financial Aid Notification letters go out on a rolling basis (usually twice a week) after the mailing dates listed above.