2019-20 FAFSA Priority Deadline NOT affected by Partial Federal Government Shutdown
Posted by Angela Saavedra on 1/11/2019
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has received several inquiries regarding the partial federal government shutdown and the potential impact on the upcoming 2019-20 State Priority Deadline of January 15, 2019. The THECB encourages institutions, counselors, and students to use the filing date on the FAFSA for determining whether the state priority deadline has been met.
The Department of Education (ED) is not included in the partial shutdown and is still processing FAFSAs that are submitted by students, even if there are challenges with the verification process. Applications should proceed even in cases that require FAFSA database matches to verify eligibility through the Selective Service System (SS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or Department of Justice (DOJ). It is not clear at this time the extent of the impact of the shutdown on FAFSA database matches through these agencies, however the agency continues to encourage students to file the FAFSA in a timely manner and not to delay their submission based on a partial federal government shutdown.