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2020/2021 important deadline dates
2020/2021 FAFSA final deadline date: June 30, 2021
The Department of Education opens the filing window for the 2020/2021 FAFSA as of October 1, 2019, to give students and families a chance to apply as early as possible.
Check back for additional 2020/2021 academic year Financial Aid deadlines.
Please check with the office for any deadline changes.
2020/2021 FINANCIAL AID CENSUS DAY
- Fall 2020 Semester: September 2, 2020
- Spring 2021 Semester: February 18, 2021
- SUMMER 2021: TBA
2020/2021 APPEAL FORMS
Appeals are time-sensitive. They must be received by the Financial Aid office at San Diego Mesa College by noon on the student's last day of classes or by noon on the following dates, whichever comes first:
- Fall 2020 Semester AppealSubmission Window – 7/20/20 thru 11/20/20
- Spring 2021 Semester Appeal Submission Window – 11/16/20 thru 5/7/21
- Summer 2021 Session Appeal Submission Window – 5/12/21 thru 7/23/21
Completed appeal forms (including all documentation) are due no later than noon on the end date posted above or your last day of classes for the semester - whichever comes first. Incomplete appeal forms will not be considered. Please note: If you are appealing only for Loan Eligibility, please see the Loan Deadlines below.
For more information, visit the Appeal Process Workshop page.
2020/2021 DEPENDENCY PETITIONS
Click here for the 2020/2021 Dependency Petitions.
Must be received by the Financial Aid office at San Diego Mesa College by noon on the student's last day of classes OR by noon on the following dates, whichever comes first:
- Enrolled for Fall Semester only – 11/20/20
- Enrolled for Spring Semester only – 05/14/21
- Enrolled for Summer Session only – 06/04/21
NOTE: Must complete 2020/2021 FAFSA on the web no later than 6/30/2021 if student is still enrolled at that time. Otherwise the deadline for each session ending prior to June 30th will be a minimum of two weeks prior to your last class of the session, not the end of summer session!
2020/2021 INCOME REDUCTION REQUEST
Must be received by the Financial Aid office at San Diego Mesa College by Noon on the student’s last day of classes OR by Noon on the following dates, whichever comes first.
- Fall 2020: 11/13/2020
As the 2020/2021 FAFSA is still working with 2018 income criteria, If you are planning to submit an Income Reduction Request prior to or during the Fall 2020 semester, both 2018 & 2019 Income Tax Return Transcripts from the IRS with all W2s/1099s will be required.
- Spring 2021: 5/14/2021
As the 2020/2021 FAFSA is still working with 2018 income criteria, If you are planning to submit and Income Reduction Request prior to or during the Spring 2021 semester, 2018, 2019 & 2020 Income Tax Return Transcripts from the IRS with all W2s/1099s will be required.
- Summer 2021: 7/02/2021
Due to the mini sessions within summer, the deadline for each session will be two weeks prior to the end of each, not the end of the complete summer session! The Financial Aid office must receive your complete Income Reduction request with ALL required supporting documents by Noon on the Friday 2 two weeks prior to your last day of the last summer session in which you are in attendance or 6/21/2020 whichever comes first [This is also true for students in late start classes throughout the Fall and Spring Terms]. As the 2020/2021 FAFSA is still working with 2018 income criteria, If you are planning to submit an Income Reduction Request prior to or during the Summer 2019 sessions, 2018, 2019 & 2020 Income Tax Return Transcripts from the IRS with all W2s/1099s will be required.
2020/2021 FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS (DIRECT SUBSIDIZED, UNSUBSIDIZED, & PLUS AND/OR ALTERNATIVES)
All steps must be complete and received by the Financial Aid office at San Diego Mesa College by Noon on the student’s last day of classes or by noon on the following dates, whichever comes first.
- Fall 2020: 11/20/2020
- Spring 2021: 5/14/2021
- Summer 2021: 7/23/2021
Same as Federal Direct Loan dates listed above. NOTE: Please be aware that your loan provider may publish dates or enrollment requirements that differ from the campus dates posted. The Mesa College Financial Aid office will always comply strictly with the dates and terms listed here only.
WORK STUDY PROGRAM
Click here for more information on the Work Study Program.
Must have a submitted 2020/2021 FAFSA filed on or before April 15, 2020 in order to be eligible for Priority Consideration for the Work Study Program. Participants of the Federal Work Study Program, once processed and placed and enrollement in minimum of half-time [6 units], can present time sheets for payment up to the last day of the semester. Students should not work past the award eligibility.
- Fall Semester Only– Students can work until 12/14/20 or their last day of attendance unless the student is continuing on in Spring.
- Spring Semester Only– Students can work until 05/29/2020 or their last day of attendance unless the student is continuing on in Summer and/or the subsequent Fall.
- Summer– A Student can work in June only if the student is enrolled for classes during summer session and/or planning to be enrolled for the subsequent Fall semester. NOTE: Summer (JUNE only) work is approved on a case-by-case basis and if the Department has made specific requests to have student workers during the summer. There is generally no Work Study in July.
NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE SUBMISSION DATES
"Since 1993, the National Student Clearinghouse has been higher education’s trusted and secure partner committed to privacy and transparency...
"The Clearinghouse provides status and deferment information to the Department of Education’s NSLDS (National Student Loan Data System), guaranty agencies, lenders, and servicers on your behalf."
FALL 2020 8/17/2020-12/14/2020
2/13/2021 - Graduates Only Fall Term 2020
SPRING 2021 2/1/2021 - 5/29/2021
2/21/2021 - 1st of Spring Term 2021
3/25/2021 - 2nd of Spring Term 2021
4/20/2021 - 3rd of Spring Term 2021
5/29/2021 - Final of Spring Term 2021
7/13/2021 - Graduates Only Spring Term 2021
SUMMER 2021 6/7/2021- 8/14/2021
6/19/2021 - Summer Term 2021
FALL 2021 8/23/2021 - 12/18/2021
9/9/2021 - 1st of Fall Term 2021
10/10/2021 - 2nd of Fall Term 2021
11/20/2021 - 3rd of FallTerm 2021
12/17/2021 - 4th of Fall Term 2021
1/16/2022 - Final of FallTerm 2021
* * * UPDATED January, 2021 * * * ~SD