JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2020-21 FAFSA Completion

(Last Updated: December 2, 2019)

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.

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

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)

2020-21 College Financing Plan

August 2019

2020-21 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Formula Guide

2020-21 ISIR Guide

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)

2020-21 Award Year: FAFSA Information to be Verified and Acceptable Documentation

Availability of MyStudentData Download Guide for the 2020 21 FAFSA form

May 2019

Federal Need Analysis Methodology for the 2020-21 Award Year (Federal Register)

FAFSA Information To Be Verified for the 2020-2021 Award Year (Federal Register)

2020-21 EDE Technical Reference (Spring Draft)

April 2019

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