By now, you may have heard of something called FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s the key to getting money for your education based on your financial need. By filing your FAFSA, you’ll be applying for most of the financial aid offered, including loans, grants, work-study, and some scholarships.
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For priority awarding, be sure to fill out a new FAFSA between October 1 and April 15.
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Steps to Apply
Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
A Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA must be completed annually to receive Financial Aid.
An FSA ID is required so that you may electronically sign the FAFSA. Apply for an FSA ID now!
Indiana residents applying for state aid must submit their FAFSA no later than April 15th for the following academic year.
If you file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we will automatically consider you for federal and state grants and federal loans.
If you wish to be considered for Federal Work-Study please select your interest when completing the FAFSA.
Our Grants and Scholarships sections list additional awards that either require a separate application or are based on your Admissions information. hyperlink to grants and scholarships pages
Need assistance in completing the FAFSA?
Watch a series of video tutorials on completing the FAFSA from UC Santa Barbara.
Your dependency status is determined by a group of dependency questions on the FAFSA. If you can’t answer “yes” to any of the questions, you’ll be considered dependent and advised to supply parental information on your FAFSA.
You’re considered to be a dependent if you:
- Are under 24 years old
- Are not a graduate or professional student
- Are not a veteran or member of the armed forces
- Are not an orphan or ward of the court
- Are not homeless or at risk for becoming homeless
- Are not an emancipated minor
If you do not meet the above criteria, but have extenuating circumstances, such as abuse or neglect, that prevent you from obtaining parental information, you may complete a Dependency Status Appeal Form. If you have previously had an approved Dependency Status Appeal at IU Southeast you may complete the Dependency Status Appeal Renewal Form.
If your parent refuses to include their information on the FAFSA you may complete the Petition for Dependent Students Without Parental Support Form.
After You Apply
After you file, you’ll be prompted to review your application and make any necessary corrections. Here are some of the most common mistakes you’ll want to avoid:
- Switching two numbers (for example, “$1,200” instead of “$2,100”)
- Adding too many or too few zeroes to a number
- Listing your parents’ income as yours (and the other way around)
- Forgetting to have your parent electronically sign the application with his or her FSA ID
Your FAFSA will be processed with the information you provide, so make sure everything is correct. We’ll notify you if we get your FAFSA but it can’t be processed.
(Note that you do not need to update your FAFSA based on changes to the amount of money in your bank account. We know that updating your FAFSA every time you write a check or make a deposit would be nearly impossible.)
You may be asked to verify the information you provided on your FAFSA before you can be declared eligible to receive financial aid. We’ll contact you by email if you’re selected for verification. And check your One.IU To Do List—we’ll notify you there, too.
If you are selected, you can find most forms in our Verification Tutorial
Statement of Living Forms
You’ll get a financial aid notification email from us as soon as we’ve put together an award package for you. If you receive more funding after your award package has been put together, and that funding causes your aid total to exceed your cost of attendance (COA), your award package may change. Remember, you can never be awarded more than your COA—and your aid can change even if it doesn’t exceed your COA.
If your circumstances have drastically changed and are not accurately reflected on the FAFSA, please contact us (hyperlink to email Student Central). A Special Circumstance Appeal may be an option.