Not all states have a state based financial aid program. The National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) maintains a comprehensive list of all State Higher Education Agencies where you can find information on all state based financial aid programs, including eligibility criteria, application requirements and deadlines.
Q & A
How do I Apply for State Financial Aid?
Most states use the FAFSA as their state aid application.
But some states require an additional form as well. If you live in a state that requires more than just the FAFSA, it is likely that a link to the state application will be appear completion on the FAFSA confirmation page when you submit the FAFSA. It is easy to miss the state application link if you are not looking for it so make sure that you carefully review all the fine print on the FAFSA confirmation page
What is the deadline for the state aid application?
It varies by state. There is a link on the FAFSA homepage that allows you to check the deadline for your state. As with institutional aid, it is imperative that you apply for state aid by the published deadlines, particularly in those states where funds are limited and awarded on a first come, first serve basis until depleted.
Now that the FAFSA is available each year on October 1, it is a good idea to complete and submit it in October to ensure that you don’t miss any deadlines.