JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2021-22 FAFSA Completion

(Last Updated: May 5, 2021)

Important Dates

The important dates are listed in chronological order by month, with the newest information listed first. As new information about the 2021-22 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.

COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

April 2021

Next Gen FSA – April 2021 Updates to FSA Partner Connect Website Implemented

2021-22 FSA Handbook Volume 1 – Student Eligibility

Next Gen FSA – Retirement of FSAID.ed.gov Website

2021 Federal Student Aid Training Conference – We Are Virtual, Again!

March 2021

Next Gen FSA – FSA Partner Connect and Knowledge Center Now Available

Designation of U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services under Section 483(a)(3)(E) of the Higher Education Act

Next Gen FSA – IFAP Website Transition to Knowledge Center; Content Freeze March 19–28, 2021

FSA Partner Connect Training – Webinars, Tutorials, and Other Training Opportunities Now Available

COD System Implementation for 2021-22 Award Year

Next Gen FSA – Information about FSA Partner Connect Access and IFAP Website Transition to Knowledge Center

IRS Data Retrieval Tool and Inaccurate $1 Adjusted Gross Income

Operational Implementation Guidance – FSA’s Implementation of 2021–22 Federal Pell Grant Payment and Disbursement Schedules

February 2021

Next Gen FSA – FSA Partner Connect Website Launch Planned for Late March 2021

Next Gen FSA – StudentAid.gov Website Enhancements Starting February 2021

2021-22 FSA Handbook - Application and Verification Guide

January 2021

Update on the Use of “Professional Judgment” by Financial Aid Administrators

2021-2022 Federal Pell Grant Payment and Disbursement Schedules

2021–22 FAFSA® Winter Campaign

Online Training Course – 2021–22 Verification

December 2020

OUTAGE ALERT – IRS DRT Outage on Dec. 13, 2020

Next Gen FSA – Updated myStudentAid Mobile App Now Available

November 2020

2021-22 FAFSA Verification-Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Return Transcript Matrix

2021-22 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers (November 2020 Final) 

2021-22 College Financing Plan

2021–22 FAFSA Feature of the myStudentAid Mobile App Preview Presentation (Updated Nov. 13, 2020)

October 2020

OUTAGE ALERT – IRS DRT Outage on Oct. 23, 2020

The 2021–22 FAFSA® Form is Here!

September 2020

Availability of 2021–22 CPS Web Applications Demonstration (Web Demo) System and 2021–22 CPS Mainframe Test System

2021–22 SAR and SAR Acknowledgement Mock-Ups

2021-22 Verification Suggested Text Package

2021–22 Application and ISIR Test Files and 2021–22 Comment Code Text

2021–22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, and the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23

August 2020

2021-22 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System Guide

2021-22 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Formula Guide

2021-22 fafsa.gov Preview Presentation

July 2020

2021–22 EDE Technical Reference (July 2020 Update)

2021–22 SAR Comment Codes and Text Guide

2021-22 ISIR Guide

June 2020

2021-22 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers (June 2020 Draft)

2021-22 CPS Test System User Guide

May 2020

2021-22 EDE Technical Reference (Spring Draft)