JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2020-21 FAFSA Completion

(Last Updated: May 26, 2020)

Important Dates

The important dates are listed in chronological order by month, with the newest information listed first. As new information about the 2020-21 application processing cycle becomes available, it is added to the appropriate month in this section. Browse this page periodically to find out what's new.

May 2020

2020-21 FSA Handbook – Application and Verification Guide

Federal Student Aid Posts New Reports to FSA Data Center

2020–21 FAFSA® Spring Campaign

REMINDER – Annual DUNS Number Registration Renewal with System for Award Management Database

April 2020

Secretary DeVos Delivers Nearly $1.4 Billion in Additional CARES Act Relief Funds to HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and Colleges and Universities Serving Low-Income Students

Next Gen FSA – Additional StudentAid.gov Website Features Starting April 2020

March 2020

CPS Reprocessing on March 10, 2020 for 2019-20 Application and Correction Records with Blank DHS Match Results

FSA Implementation of 2020–21 Federal Pell Grant Payment and Disbursement Schedules

February 2020

IFAP Update –Transition of FSAdownload Content and Financial Partners Portal to IFAP Website Implemented (Updated February 12, 2020)

2020–21 FAFSA® Winter Email Campaign

IFAP Update – Upcoming Transition of FSAdownload Content and Financial Partners Portal to IFAP Website on February 9, 2020

December 2019

Next Gen FSA Website Consolidation

November 2019

2020-21 FAFSA Verification-IRS Tax Return Transcript Matrix

October 2019

2020-21 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Formula Guide (October 2019 Update)

2020-21 fafsa.gov and myFAFSA Preview Presentations

SAVE Instructions for U.S. Department of Education (School) Users Version 3.0 Available

2020-21 FAFSA Email Campaign Launch

Availability of 2020-21 CPS Web Applications Demonstration (Web Demo) System and 2020-21 CPS Mainframe Test System

2020-21 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System Guide

2020-21 SAR and SAR Acknowledgement Mock-Ups

2020-21 FAFSA Form and myStudentAid Mobile App are Now Available

2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, and the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23

September 2019

2020-21 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers (September 2019 Draft)

Upcoming Transition of FSAdownload Content and Financial Partners Portal to IFAP Website on August 18, 2019 (Updated August 19, 2019)

2020-21 College Financing Plan

August 2019

2020-21 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Formula Guide

2020-21 ISIR Guide

Upcoming Transition of FSAdownload Content and Financial Partners Portal to IFAP Website on August 18, 2019

2020-21 SAR Comment Codes and Text Guide

2020-21 Verification Suggested Text Package

July 2019

2020-21 EDE Technical Reference (Final)

2020-21 CPS Test System User Guide

June 2019

2020-21 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers (June 2019 Draft)

Availability of MyStudentData Download Guide for the 2020 21 FAFSA form

May 2019

2020-21 EDE Technical Reference (Spring Draft)

April 2019

Notice of the Draft 2020-21 Federal Student Aid Application Materials