In Indiana, most financial aid sources use the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine the amount of money each student is eligible to receive.
Plan ahead! The FAFSA must be received by March 10. Each FAFSA covers the upcoming Fall, Spring and Summer semesters (for example, the FAFSA that is due March 10, 2013 is for the Fall 2013, Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 semesters).
The following videos will help you understand the basics of the FAFSA and answer frequently asked questions.
For more detailed information about filling out the FAFSA, including step-by-step instructions, visit Learn More Indiana.
There are NEW financial aid rules about “ability to benefit”. If you do not have a high school diploma (or GED) and have not been home-schooled, please note:
|Remember: if you are not enrolled in your degree program BEFORE July 1, 2012 and do not have a high school diploma or GED, you cannot be considered for financial aid.|
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.
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.
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.