FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
All students seeking financial aid must complete a FAFSA. Submit your FAFSA by March 10th to be considered for state aid including the Frank O'Bannon grant. Students will complete a new FAFSA for each academic year (for example, the 2015-16 FAFSA covers the Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 semesters).
We strongly recommend that students file their federal income tax returns prior to filing their FAFSA. By doing so you can import your tax returns into your FAFSA which will save you time and reduce the likelihood that you'll be selected for verification. Read more about the IRS data retrieval tool.
January 31 - February 17:
File your 2014 tax return
February 2 - March 10:
File your 2015-16 FAFSA (approx. 3 weeks after taxes)
The following videos will help you understand the basics of the FAFSA and answer frequently asked questions.
If you do not have a high school diploma (or High School Equivalency Diploma) and have not been home-schooled, please be aware of the following:
- Students who were enrolled in a program of study prior to July 1, 2012 will be considered for financial aid.
- Students who enroll in a program of study after July 1, 2012 will not be eligible for financial aid without a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma.
- If you DO have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma (or you will have one prior to enrolling at Ivy Tech), or you were home-schooled but you mistakenly answered "no" to those questions on your FAFSA, you can correct your FAFSA! Go to FAFSA.gov and select Make FAFSA Corrections, or talk with your local Financial Aid Office.
Additional documentation for special circumstances:
- Homeless or Unaccompanied Youth or At Risk of Being Homeless: Have you, at any time on or after July 1, 2012, been identified (by your high school district homeless liaison or the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) as an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or at risk of being homeless? If so, click here for more information and documentation instructions.
- Ward of the Court, Orphan, or Emancipated Minor or Legal Guardianship: If you are a Ward of the Court, an Orphan, or an Emancipated Minor or in a Legal Guardianship please click here for more information and documentation instructions.
- Drug Offenses: Some students who were convicted of a federal or state offense for selling or possessing illegal drugs (offenses that occurred while they were receiving federal student aid) may not be eligible to receive federal student aid for a specific period of time. Click here for more details.
- Special Circumstances: We understand that there may be situations when a student's true financial situation is not fully reflected by the questions on the FAFSA. These students may be considered on a case-by-case basis for a Special Circumstances Review. Click here for more information.
- Dependency Status Review: We understand that there may be situations when a student does not meet the federal financial aid requirements to be considered independent on the FAFSA and yet may not be able to provide parent information. These students may be considered on a case-by-case basis for a Dependency Status Review. Click here for more information.