It is in your best interest to accurately complete the FAFSA once a year preferably in March and no later than April 15 to ensure the best aid package for the college year that begins in the Fall. You do not have to be but can be an enrolled student to complete the FAFSA. You should add all colleges that you are thinking about attending but can only receive aid through one of the colleges listed if you are enrolled in more than one. Beware that this may not be all you need to do. This deadline includes not only the completion of the FAFSA but the submission of any other paperwork that is requested on your "to do" checklist located on your student self service. The majority of FAFSAs are selected for a process called Verification which takes processing time. Until all paperwork is completed correctly and submitted to the financial aid office your financial file cannot be completed. If your financial aid file is not complete due to a missed deadline listed above, you may be required to pay for tuition, fees, books, and supplies from you own funds. If you are unable to pay out-of-pocket, your enrollment could be delayed until the following semester/term. Consult the Ten Ways to Avoid Financial Aid Delay.