JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2021-22 FAFSA Completion

(Last Updated: September 7, 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

September 2021

Reminder – Identity Verification

August 2021

2021-22 FSA Handbook Volume 4 – Processing Aid and Managing FSA Funds

2021 Virtual Federal Student Aid Training Conference – Agendas Now Available

July 2021

2021-22 FSA Handbook Errata and Updates – Volume 1 and Application and Verification Guide

2021–22 Federal School Code List of Participating Schools

Reminder: Maintaining Access to Federal Student Aid Systems for Professional Users

OUTAGE ALERT – IRS DRT Outages on July 25 and Aug. 1, 2021

Changes to 2021-2022 Verification Requirements

June 2021

Beginning Phased Implementation of the FAFSA Simplification Act

Early Implementation of the FAFSA Simplification Act’s Removal of Selective Service and Drug Conviction Requirements for Title IV Eligibility

Online Training Course – FSA Basic Training for New Staff 2021–22

May 2021

FSA Partner Connect – Helpful Information About Help Center and FSA Handbook

StudentAid.gov Website Enhancements Starting May 2021

Additional Designations of Entities under Section 483(a)(3)(E) of the Higher Education Act and Institution of Higher Education (IHE) Guidance

April 2021

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

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)