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Important Financial Aid Dates and Events 2020-2021

Important Financial Aid Dates and Events

Updates are made to this calendar throughout the calendar year. Please check this page periodically for new listings.

August 27

FALL 2020 Financial Aid Orientation Session for incoming MA Students 

FALL 2020 SEMESTER September 8 - December 18, 2020

August 31


All FALL 2020 GRADUATING MA and PhD Federal Loan Borrowers
must complete requisite EXIT Counseling at in order for financial aid staff to sign off on your Graduation Checklist

September 7

Labor Day: CLOSED

September 8

Fall 2020 semester begins

September 8 - 11

Earliest timeframe for student loan borrowers to receive first Fall 2020
Direct Loan credit balance refund after tuition and fees are assessed,
if all 2020-2021 financial aid requirements are complete

September 17

Constitution Day: Pick up your free pocket Constitution

Constitution Day September 17th is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

September 18

Payment for Fall 2020 Registration due to Business Office by 5:00pm or make payment arraignments

September 25

2021-2022 GTU Financial Aid Application available for download at: /admissions/financial-aid/financial-aid-how-to-apply

October 1

2021-2022 FAFSA available online at:

October 1

SPRING 2021 Financial Aid Priority Deadline: GTU MA APPLICANTS

October 1

Deadline to submit a Financial Circumstances Appeal (fall 2020)

October 1, 2020

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loan Origination Fee:     1.057%
  • Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Origination Fee: 4.228%
    For loans disbursed between October 1, 2020 and October 1, 2021
October 19

California Voter Registration Deadline for Upcoming General Election

October 23

Deadline to submit a Budget Adjustment Request (fall 2020)

October 23 IRS Data Retrieval Tool unavailable from 11:00pm to 3:00am Pacific time

October 26 - 30

Reading Week: Students

October 31

Federal Work-Study (FWS)
Deadline to obtain a FWS position in order to retain a fall 2020 offer

November 2 - 6


Financial Aid Office CLOSED due to attendance at the annual training conference for the California Association for Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA).
Fin Aid Administration available by email:

November 20

DEADLINE to request a federal Direct Loan for the fall 2020 semester

November 25

GTU Offices close at 2:00pm

November 26 - 29

Thanksgiving Holiday: CLOSED Emails will be responded to on November 30.

December 1 2021-2022 Financial Aid Application Priority Deadline: GTU Doctoral Students: Years 1 through 7

December 1 - 4


Annual U. S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Conference: The Financial Aid Office will be CLOSED
Fin Aid Administration available by email:

December 18

Last day of Fall 2020 semester 

December 18

GTU Offices Close at 5:00pm

December 21 - January 1, 2021

Winter Break: CLOSED



January 4 - 29

January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: CLOSED


February 1 - May 21

February 1

Spring 2021 Semester begins

February 1 - 5


Earliest timeframe for student loan borrowers to receive first Spring 2021 Direct Loan credit balance refund after tuition and fees are assessed, if all 2020-2021 financial aid requirements are complete

February 8 Spring 2021 Graduating GTU MA and Doctoral Loan Borrowers:
All federal student loan borrowers must complete requisite EXIT Counseling at in order for Financial Aid staff to sign off on your Graduation Checklist

February 15

President's Day: CLOSED

March 19

Federal Work Study (FWS)
Deadline to obtain employment in order to retain spring 2021 offer

March 19 Deadline to submit a Budget Adjustment Request for Spring 2021 term
March 22 -26 Spring Break: Students
March 29

SPRING 2021 Graduating Loan Borrowers
All federal student loan borrowers must complete requisite EXIT Counseling in order for Financial Aid to sign your Graduation Checklist

April 1 2021-2022 Financial Aid Priority Deadline for all GTU Master of Arts (MA) Prospective and Current Students

April 2

Good Friday: CLOSED

April 2 Last day to apply for Financial Aid for Spring 2021

April 23

Last day to request an additional Spring 2021 Direct Loan

May 13

GTU Graduation Commencement: CLOSED at 12:00pm

May 21

Last Day of the Spring 2021 semester

May 31

Memorial Day: CLOSED




June 25

Deadline to submit a 2021-2022 Federal Work -Study Authorization & job description for students who will begin employment on or after July 1, 2021

July 4 - 5

Independence Day Observed: CLOSED