Federal Aid Deadlines

Federal Financial Aid is time sensitive. Please be aware of our processing deadlines so that you don't miss out on funding opportunities. Federal regulations do not allow USU to offer funding after a deadline has passed. We also encourage you to review USU academic deadlines for course registration, course withdrawal, tuition payment, etc.

FAFSA Documentation Requirements:  You must resolve any FAFSA documentation requirements such as proof of citizenship, default resolution, etc., before we can offer you federal aid including grants and loans. You must submit required documentation before you stop attending the academic year you want to receive federal aid, before finals week of that term.

FAFSA Verification Review Process:  You must resolve any FAFSA verification documentation requirements such as listing your household members, uploading income documentation, etc., before the funding deadlines below:

  • Federal Direct Loan:  you must submit required documentation by the last day of class before finals week, remain enrolled at least half-time, and accept your loans before the last day of finals.
  • Federal Pell Grant: you must submit required documentation before the verification deadlines for the specific semester you are currently attending listed in the tables below.

Marital Status Updates: You must have already married and had your marital status updated on the FAFSA before the last day of classes you are attending (not finals week). Marriages that happen after the June 30 FAFSA deadline will not be considered for the preceding award year. See additional FAFSA verification deadlines above.

Withdrawing Early: Federal regulations allow you to keep a percentage of your federal aid based on how much of the semester you completed. The remainder of your federal aid must be returned unless you complete more than 60% of the semester before dropping your courses. Completion means turning in assignments, taking tests, etc. Please visit our early withdrawal page for more details.

Academic Progress Appeals: You must submit your appeal by the specific semester deadline listed below to give your Federal Aid Counselor sufficient time to request additional explanation or required documentation. Early deadlines are necessary in case your appeal cannot be approved and you need to drop your courses before the last day to receive a refund.  If you feel there were extenuating circumstances which prevented you from meeting the appeal deadline, you will need to contact your Federal Aid Counselor to discuss your options.

Processing Times: Completed verification and appeals are reviewed within 15 business days. Students will receive an update via email once their verification or appeal has been processed.

General and Specific Federal Aid Deadlines

Students should file their 2024-2025 FAFSA and complete any FAFSA documentation or verification tasks before July 2024 to have a good chance at meeting Fall 2024 tuition payment deadlines. Students applying during the semester should file their 2024-2025 FAFSA before November 2024 and complete
any FAFSA documentation or verification tasks before finals week to meet other deadlines for Fall 2024 term if they are not attending Spring 2025. Students are strongly encouraged to finalize any requirements and be otherwise eligible before the end of Fall 2024 term to receive fall semester federal aid.
  • Aug 14: Tuition & Fee payment deadline. Any difference between accepted & processed federal aid and Fall 2024 charges should be paid by this date to avoid late fees on Sep 25 and thereafter.
  • Aug 26 - Sept 16 Grants will increase or decrease based on enrollment level
  • Sep 11: Last day to submit an academic progress appeal for Fall 2024 federal aid.
  • Sep 16:
    • Last day to add additional courses in fall term and still receive grants, if otherwise eligible. Any additional courses registered after this date do not qualify for an increase in grants.
    • Adjustments made to cost of attendance based on enrollment level at the end of day
  • Dec 06:
    • Last day to submit any FAFSA Documentation Requirements
    • Last day to complete a special or unusual circumstances appeal for federal aid.
    • Last day to submit a Federal PLUS loan application on studentaid.gov. This loan is for dependent and graduate students only.
    • Last day to accept Direct loans for students only attending the Fall 2024 semester.You must qualify to receive your loan offer by this date to accept student loans.
    • Last day to submit your 2024-25 FAFSA to qualify for a Fall 2024 Federal Pell Grant.
      • If you meet this deadline and are then notified that you are selected for FAFSA Verification Review, all verification tasks must be submitted by April 1, 2025.

Students should file their 2023-2024 FAFSA and complete any FAFSA documentation or verification tasks by April 2024 to have a good chance at meeting Summer 2024 tuition deadlines. Students applying during the semester should file the 2023-2024 FAFSA before June 2024 and complete any FAFSA documentation or verification tasks to meet other deadlines for Summer 2024 term. Students are strongly encouraged to finalize any requirements and be otherwise eligible before the end of Summer 2024 term to receive summer semester federal aid.
  • April 24: Tuition and Fee payment deadline: Any difference between accepted & processed federal aid and summer charges should be paid by this date to avoid late fees on June 05 and thereafter.
  • June 07: Last day to submit academic progress appeal for Summer 2024 federal aid.
  • USU Federal Aid has deadlines to prevent grants from adjusting the entire semester. We use your final “last-day-to-add-classes” date to determine your grant deadline. Adding or dropping classes may change your grant deadlines. Below are the grant deadlines for summer enrollment:
    • Tues, May 14: 1st 7-Week session only
    • Thurs, May 23: 1st 7-Week + General 14-Week Session
    • Thurs, May 23: General 14-Week Session only
    • Tues, July 02: 2nd 7-Week Session only
    • Tues, July 02: 1st 7-Week + 2nd 7-Week Session
    • Tues, July 02: General 14-Week Session + 2nd 7-Week Session
    • Tues, July 02: Classes in all three sessions
    • For best results, please add classes for a specific session before the deadlines listed above
  • June 30: Last day to submit your 2023-2024 FAFSA (11:59 PM Central Daylight time) - you must still be enrolled Summer 2024 to be considered for federal aid.
  • July 26:
    • Last day to submit any FAFSA Documentation Requirements.
    • Last day to complete a special or unusual circumstances appeal for federal aid.
    • Last day to submit a Federal PLUS loan application on studentaid.gov. This loan is for dependent and graduate students only.
  • Aug 02: Last day to accept a Federal Direct Loan. You must have completed all verification steps and remained enrolled at least half-time in order to qualify for your loan offer by this date.
  • Federal Pell Grant applicants enrolled for summer: If you are selected for verification, all verification tasks must be submitted by September 03, 2024.
  • Sep 06, 2024: Last day to verify academic participation in withdrawn or failed courses for Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024.

Students should file their 2023-2024 FAFSA and complete any FAFSA verification tasks before December 2023 to have a good chance at meeting Spring 2024 tuition payment deadlines. Students applying during the semester should file their 2023-2024 FAFSA before November 2023 and complete any FAFSA verification tasks before finals week to meet other deadlines for Spring 2024 term if they are not attending Spring 2024. Students are strongly encouraged to finalize any requirements and be otherwise eligible before the end of Spring 2024 term to receive financial aid.

  • Dec 13: Tuition & Fee payment deadline
    Any difference between accepted & processed financial aid and Spring 2024 charges should be paid by this date to avoid late fees after Jan 31 and registration holds.
  • Jan 08 – Jan 29:  Grants will increase or decrease based on enrollment level.
  • Jan 24: Last day to submit an academic progress appeal for Spring 2024 federal aid.
  • Jan 29:
    • Last day to add additional courses in Spring term and still receive grants, if otherwise eligible.
      Any additional courses registered after this date do not qualify for an increase in grants.
    • Adjustments made to cost of attendance based on enrollment level at the end of day
  • April 23
    • Last day to submit any FAFSA Documentation Requirements
    • Last day to complete a special or unusual circumstances appeal for federal aid.
    • Last day to submit a Federal PLUS loan application on studentaid.gov
      This loan is for dependent and graduate students only.
    • Last day to accept Direct loans for students only attending the Spring 2024 semester.
      You must qualify to receive your loan offer by this date to accept student loans.
    • Last day to submit your 2023-24 FAFSA to qualify for a Spring 2024 Federal Pell Grant.
      • If you meet this deadline and are then notified that you are selected for FAFSA Verification Review, all verification tasks must be submitted by August 10, 2024. 

Students should file their 2023-2024 FAFSA and complete any FAFSA verification tasks before July 2023 to have a good chance at meeting Fall 2023 tuition payment deadlines. Students applying during the semester should file their 2023-2024 FAFSA before November 2023 and complete any FAFSA verification tasks before finals week to meet other deadlines for Fall 2023 term if they are not attending Spring 2024. Students are strongly encouraged to finalize any requirements and be otherwise eligible before the end of Fall 2023 term to receive financial aid.

  • Aug 16: Tuition & Fee payment deadline
    Any difference between accepted & processed financial aid and Fall 2023 charges should be paid by this date to avoid late fees on Sep 19 and registration holds.
    Aug 28 - Sept 18:  Grants will increase or decrease based on enrollment level
  • Sep 13: Last day to submit an academic progress appeal for Fall 2023 federal aid.
  • Sep 18:
    • Last day to add additional courses in fall term and still receive grants, if otherwise eligible.
      Any additional courses registered after this date do not qualify for an increase in grants.
    • Adjustments made to cost of attendance based on enrollment level at the end of day
  • Dec 07:
    • Last day to submit any FAFSA Documentation Requirements
    • Last day to complete a special or unusual circumstances appeal for federal aid.
    • Last day to submit a Federal PLUS loan application on studentaid.gov
      This loan is for dependent and graduate students only.
    • Last day to accept Direct loans for students only attending the Fall 2023 semester.
      You must qualify to receive your loan offer by this date to accept student loans.
    • Last day to submit your 2023-24 FAFSA to qualify for a Fall 2023 Federal Pell Grant.
      • If you meet this deadline and are then notified that you are selected for FAFSA Verification Review, all verification tasks must be submitted by April 1, 2024. 

Students should file their 2022-2023 FAFSA and complete any FAFSA verification tasks by April 2023 to have a good chance at meeting Summer 2023 tuition deadlines. Students applying during the semester should file the 2022-2023 FAFSA before June 2023 and complete any FAFSA verification tasks to meet other deadlines for Summer 2023 term. Students are strongly encouraged to finalize any requirements and be otherwise eligible before the end of Summer 2023 term to receive financial aid.

  • April 26: Tuition and Fee payment deadline
    Any difference between accepted & processed financial aid and summer charges should be paid by this date to avoid registration holds on June 07 and thereafter.
  • June 02: Last day to submit academic progress appeal for Summer 2023 federal aid.
  • USU Financial Aid has deadlines to prevent grants from adjusting the entire semester. We use your final “last-day-to-add-classes” date to determine your grant deadline. Adding or dropping classes may change your grant deadlines. Below are the grant deadlines for summer enrollment:
    • Tues, May 16: 1st 7-Week session only
    • Thurs, May 25: 1st 7-Week + General 14-Week Session
    • Thurs, May 25: General 14-Week Session only
    • Wed, July 05: 2nd 7-Week Session only
    • Wed, July 05: 1st 7-Week + 2nd 7-Week Session
    • Wed, July 05: General 14-Week Session + 2nd 7-Week Session
    • Wed, July 05: Classes in all three sessions
    • For best results, please add classes for a specific session before the deadlines listed above.
  • June 30: Last day to submit your 2022-2023 FAFSA (midnight Central Daylight time) - you must be enrolled for Summer 2023 for your FAFSA consideration at USU.
  • July 28:
    • Last day to submit any FAFSA Documentation Requirements
    • Last day to complete a professional judgment appeal in the financial aid office.
    • Last day to submit a Federal PLUS loan application on studentaid.gov
      This loan is for dependent and graduate students only.
  • Aug 04: Last day to accept a Federal Direct Loan. You must have completed all verification steps and remained enrolled at least half-time in order to qualify for your loan offer by this date.
  • Federal Pell Grant applicants enrolled for summer: If you are selected for verification, all verification tasks must be submitted by Sept 01, 2023.
  • Sep 01, 2023- Last day to verify academic participation in withdrawn or failed courses for Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023.

Students should file their 2022-2023 FAFSA and complete any FAFSA verification tasks before December 2022 to have a good chance at meeting Spring 2023 tuition deadlines. Students applying during the semester should file their 2022-2023 FAFSA before April 2023 and complete any FAFSA verification tasks before finals week to meet other deadlines for spring term if they are not attending Summer 2023. Students must have a complete file and be otherwise eligible before the end of spring term to receive financial aid. 

  • Dec 14: USU Tuition & Fee payment deadline
    Any difference between accepted & processed financial aid and spring charges must be paid by this date.
    Students can register for classes again on December 16.
  • Jan 09 - Jan 30: Grants will increase or decrease based on enrollment level
  • Jan 25: Last day to submit an academic progress appeal for Spring 2023 federal aid
  • Jan 30:
    • Last day to add additional courses for spring term and still receive federal grants, if otherwise eligible
      Any additional courses registered after this date do not qualify for an increase in grants.
    • Adjustments made to cost of attendance based on enrollment level at the end of this day
  • April 21: Last day to complete a professional judgment appeal in the financial aid office
  • April 25:
    • Last day to submit any FAFSA Documentation Requirements. 
    • Last day to submit a Federal PLUS loan application on studentaid.gov
      This loan is for dependent and graduate students only.
    • Last day to accept Direct loans for students only attending spring semester.
      You must qualify to receive your loan offer by this date to accept student loans.
  • April 27: Last day to submit your 2022-2023 FAFSA to qualify for a Federal Pell Grant.
    If you meet this deadline and are then notified that you are selected for FAFSA Verification Review, all verification tasks must be submitted by Friday, August 12, 2023.

Students should file their 2022-23 FAFSA and complete any FAFSA verification tasks before July 2022 to have a good chance at meeting Fall 2022 tuition payment deadlines. Students applying during the semester should file their 2022-23 FAFSA before November 2022 and complete any FAFSA verification tasks before finals week to meet other deadlines for Fall 2022 term if they are not attending Spring 2023. Students are strongly encouraged to finalize any requirements and be otherwise eligible before the end of Fall 2022 term to receive financial aid. 

  • Aug 17: Tuition & Fee payment deadline
    Any difference between accepted & processed financial aid and fall charges must be paid by this date.
    Students can register for classes again on August 19.
  • Aug 29 - Sept 19:  Grants will increase or decrease based on enrollment level
  • Sep 14: Last day to submit an academic progress appeal for Fall 2022 federal aid.
  • Sep 19:
    • Last day to add additional courses in fall term and still receive grants, if otherwise eligible.
      Any additional courses registered after this date do not qualify for an increase in grants.
    • Adjustments made to cost of attendance based on enrollment level at the end of this day
  • Dec 08:
    • Last day to submit any FAFSA Documentation Requirements
    • Last day to complete a professional judgment appeal in the financial aid office.
    • Last day to submit a Federal PLUS loan application on studentaid.gov
      This loan is for dependent and graduate students only.
    • Last day to accept Direct loans for students only attending fall semester.
      You must qualify to receive your loan offer by this date to accept student loans.
    • Last day to submit your 2022-23 FAFSA to qualify for a Fall 2022 Federal Pell Grant.
      • If you meet this deadline and are then notified that you are selected for FAFSA Verification Review, all verification tasks must be submitted by April 1, 2023.

Students should file their 2021-22 FAFSA and complete any FAFSA verification tasks by April 2022 to have a good chance at meeting Summer 2022 tuition deadlines. Students applyling during the semester should file the 2021-22 FAFSA before June 2022 and complete any FAFSA verification tasks to meet other deadlines for Summer 2022 term. Students are strongly encouraged to finalize any requirements and be otherwise eligible before the end of Summer 2022 term to receive financial aid. 

  • April 27: Tuition and Fee payment deadline
    Any difference between accepted & processed financial aid and summer charges should be paid by this date to avoid registration holds later on.
  • June 3: Last day to submit academic progress appeal for summer 2022 federal aid.
  • USU Financial Aid has deadlines to prevent grants from adjusting the entire semester. We use your final “last-day-to-add-classes” date to determine your grant deadline. Adding or dropping classes may change your grant deadlines. Below are the grant deadlines for summer enrollment:
    • Tues, May 17: 1st 7-Week session only
    • Thurs, May 26: 1st 7-Week + General 14-Week Session
    • Thurs, May 26: General 14-Week Session only
    • Wed, July 06: 2nd 7-Week Session only
    • Wed, July 06: 1st 7-Week + 2nd 7-Week Session
    • Wed, July 06: General 14-Week Session + 2nd 7-Week Session
    • Wed, July 06: Classes in all three sessions
    • For best results, please add classes for a specific session before the deadlines listed above.
  • June 30: Last day to submit your 2021-2022 FAFSA (midnight Central Daylight time) - you must be currently enrolled when you submit your FAFSA.
  • July 29: Last day to request a Parent/Graduate PLUS loan from studentaid.gov (You must be otherwise eligible for federal aid)
  • Aug 01: Last day for a professional judgment appeal to be received in the financial aid office. 
  • Aug 05: Last day to accept Direct loans
    You must qualify to receive your loan offer by this date to accept student loans.
  • Pell grant applicants only: If you are selected for verification, all verification tasks must be submitted by Sept 1, 2022. Student loans have an earlier deadline.
  • Sep 02, 2022- Last day to verify academic participation in withdrawn or failed courses for fall 2021, spring 2022 and summer 2022.

Students should file their 2021-22 FAFSA and complete any FAFSA verification tasks before December 2021 to have a good chance at meeting Spring 2022 tuition deadlines. Students applyling during the semester should file their 2021-22 FAFSA before April 2022 and complete any FAFSA verification tasks before finals week to meet other deadlines for spring term if they are not attending Summer 2022. Students must have a complete file and be otherwise eligible before the end of spring term to receive financial aid.

  • Dec 16: USU Tuition & Fee payment deadline
    Any difference between accepted & processed financial aid and spring charges must be paid by this date.
    Students can register for classes again on December 17.
  • Jan 10 - Jan 31: Grants will increase or decrease based on enrollment level
  • Jan 26: Last day to submit an academic progress appeal for Spring 2022 federal aid
  • Jan 31: Last day to add additional courses for spring term and still receive federal grants, if otherwise eligible
    Any additional courses registered after this date do not qualify for an increase in grants.
  • Jan 31: Adjustments made to cost of attendance based on enrollment level at the end of this day
  • April 22: Last day to complete a professional judgment appeal in the financial aid office
  • April 25: Last day to submit a Federal PLUS loan application on studentaid.gov
    This loan is for dependent and graduate students only.
  • April 28: Last day to submit your 2021-22 FAFSA to qualify for a Federal Pell Grant.
    This deadline can be extended if you are attending the summer 2022 semester.
    If you are selected for verification, all verification tasks must be submitted by Friday, August 12, 2022.
  • April 29: Last day to accept Direct loans for students only attending spring semester.
    (You must have been awarded before this date!)