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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, 2019-June 30, 2020Oct. 1, 2018-June 30, 2020
July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021Oct. 1, 2019-June 30, 20212018

El Centro 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.

Get more information and apply for scholarships by visiting the Information About Scholarships page.

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% Dates

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

The 60% dates for 2019-2020 are:

  • Fall 2019:
    Oct. 30, 2019 (16 weeks)
    Sept. 26, 2019 (eight weeks)
    Nov. 22, 2019 (eight weeks)
  • Spring 2020:
    April 2, 2020 (16 weeks)
    Feb. 21, 2020 (eight weeks)
    April 23, 2020 (eight weeks)

The 60% dates for 2020-2021 are:

  • Summer 2020:
    June 20, 2020 (five weeks)
    July 25, 2020 (five weeks)
    July 12, 2020 (10 weeks)
  • Fall 2020:
    Oct. 28, 2020 (16 weeks)
    Sept. 24, 2020 (eight weeks)
    Nov. 19, 2020 (eight weeks)
  • Spring 2021
    April 1, 2021 (16 weeks)
    Feb. 19, 2021 (eight weeks)
    April 22, 2021 (eight weeks)