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Important Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Keep the following dates in mind when applying for financial aid.

FAFSA Deadlines

Wondering when to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

View the application deadlines
When a Student Is Attending College (School Year)When a Student Can Submit a FAFSAWhich Year's Income and Tax Information Is Required
July 1, 2017-June 30-2018​Oct. 1, 2016-June 30, 2018
July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019Oct. 1, 2017-June 30, 20192016

Richland College set up priority dates to make sure that if you qualify for certain types of financial aid, an award will be processed before the first day of classes.

  • If you plan to attend Fall, the priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA application is May 1.
  • If you plan to attend Spring, the priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA application is Oct. 1.
  • If you plan to attend Summer, the priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA application is March 1.
See our FAFSA Overview for more information and tips about the FAFSA.

Scholarship Deadlines

While most scholarship programs have individual deadlines you must meet to be considered for an award, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Transcript Deadlines

If you attended any other institution(s), you must submit all official transcripts to us and we must evaluate them before we can award financial aid. See Transcript Requirements for more information.

The deadlines for submitting transcripts are the same as the FAFSA priority deadline dates:

  • Fall — May 1
  • Spring — Oct. 1
  • Summer — March 1

60 Percent Dates

Federal regulations require you to repay a portion of financial aid funds if you withdraw from all classes before satisfying the 60 percent completion rule for the enrollment term.

The 60 percent dates for 2017-2018 are:

  • Fall 2017: Oct. 25, 2017
  • Spring 2018: March 29, 2018
  • Early Summer 2018 (five-week module): June 24, 2018
  • Late Summer 2018 (five-week module): July 27, 2018
  • Full Summer 2018 (10-week module): July 13, 2018
The 60 percent dates for 2018-2019 are:

  • Fall 2018: Oct. 31, 2018
  • Spring 2019: April 4, 2019
  • Early Summer 2019 (five-week module): June 22, 2019
  • Late Summer 2019 (five-week module): July 24, 2019
  • Full Summer 2019 (10-week module): July 14, 2019