
FAFSA Application Statistics
The following table shows the total number of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms received by the US Department of Education during each quarter of the application season. FAFSAs can be submitted from January 1 until the end of the award year (the following June 30), yielding a total of six quarters of data. Some data is missing because the US Department of Education did not release data in a consistent quarterly fashion before 200809.
The following table shows the cumulative number of FAFSAs received by the US Department of Education by the end of each quarter of the application season.
Increases in the Number of Financial Aid Applications The number of FAFSAs submitted in Q1 of 201011 represent a 17.5% increase over the same period in 200910, an increase of about 1.2 million. The number of FAFSAs submitted in Q2 of 201011 represent a 12.3% increase over the same period in 200910, an increase of about 630,000. The number of FAFSAs submitted in Q3 of 201011 represent a 1.3% increase over the same period in 200910, an increase of about 49,000. The number of FAFSAs submitted in Q4 of 201011 represent a 7.3% decrease over the same period in 200910, an decrease of about 131,000. The number of FAFSAs submitted in Q5 of 201011 represent a 7.9% decrease over the same period in 200910, an decrease of about 96,000. Thus it appears that the increase in the number of FAFSAs from one year to the next has started slowing. However, the number of FAFSAs submitted in Q1 of 201112 represent a 13.8% increase over the same period in 201011, an increase of about 1.1 million, so perhaps the yearoveryear decreases in Q4 and Q5 of 201011 represent a shifting of applications to earlier quarters more than they represent a slowing of the number of applications. The YTD cumulative number of FAFSAs submitted in Q1 through Q5 of 201011 is 20.6 million, fairly close to the total postsecondary enrollment. From 200708 to 201011, the number of FAFSAs submitted increased from one year to the next at record rates. The number of FAFSAs submitted in Q1Q6 of 200910 represent a 18.8% increase over the same period in 200809, an increase of more than 3.1 million. This represents a 33.4% increase over the same period in 200708, an increase of more than 4.8 million. The number of FAFSAs submitted in 200809 (Q1Q6) represent a 12.3% increase over the number of FAFSAs submitted in 200708, an increase of more than 1.7 million. The number of FAFSAs submitted in 200708 (Q1Q6) represent a 4.1% increase over the number of FAFSAs submitted in 200607, and increase of more than 500,000. The number of FAFSAs have been increasing at an average annual rate of 4.7% from 199798 (when FAFSA on the Web first became available) to 200809.
When Do Students Submit the FAFSA? Typically, one third of FAFSAs are submitted in the first quarter of the application processing season, threefifths by the end of the second quarter, fivesixths by the end of the third quarter and 91% by the end of the fourth quarter. Only 6% and 3% of the FAFSAs are submitted in the fifth and sixth quarters, respectively. Colleges and States with the Most FAFSAs The following table shows the colleges with the most FAFSAs, based on the full season statistics for 200809.
The following table shows the states with the most FAFSAs, based on the full season statistics for 200809.
Additional Resources Quarterly FAFSA application statistics by state and by school since 200607 are available in the FSA Datacenter section of the US Department of Education's web site.

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