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FAFSA Guide

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for most types of financial aid at Indiana State University, including Federal and State aid.  This is an annual application that needs to be completed each academic year you are attending.

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Important FAFSA Deadlines:

  • The FAFSA opens on October 1st for the following academic year.
  • The deadline for state of Indiana aid is April 15th.
  • The absolute last day to file is June 30th of the current academic year.

If you do not submit a FAFSA, you may miss out on valuable information and aid.  Most federal student aid programs require students to meet certain eligibility standards, visit http://www.indstate.edu/financial-aid/eligibility for more information.

ISU FAFSA Guide Includes:

Steps to Apply  |  FAFSA FAQ  |  Making Changes  |  Rejected FAFSA Help  |  Resources


 

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Steps to Apply

Create an FSA ID

The FSA ID is a username and password for Federal Student Aid. You will need an FSA ID to log into the FAFSA, as well as to electronically sign and submit your application.

Note: If you are a dependent student, your parent will also need their own FSA ID for both FAFSA submission and Federal Parent PLUS loan applications.  Check your dependency status.

Helpful Tips:

  • You will use the same FSA ID for all future federal student aid processes (i.e. FAFSA, Entrance/Exit Counseling, managing loan information).
  • Use your personal email address when you set up your account; avoid temporary email address (such as: High School).
  • Do not allow someone to create your FSA ID for you, and you should not create one for someone else. Not even for a family member. This can cause problems with your financial aid down the road. Visit this page for detailed instructions.
  • Federal Student Aid Customer Service can be reached at (800) 433-3243.

Complete your FAFSA

Students should complete this application.  Parental guidance is encouraged; however the student should be the one to input the information to avoid unnecessary errors.

  • Gather your information before you start:
    • FSA ID
    • Social Security Number
    • Prior prior year tax information - What's that?
    • Indiana State University school code: 001807
  • Visit https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
  • Select options for New Application or Returning User to get started!
  • Once you start the application you can always save your progress up to 30 days.
  • When you input your Federal Tax Information we highly encourage the use of the IRS data retrieval tool.
  • Electronically sign the application with your FSA ID
    • If you are dependent student, your parent will also need to sign the application with their own FSA ID.
  • Once the application is successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation email, save this!
  • FAFSA Customer Service can be reached at 1-800-4-FEDAID.

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FAFSA FAQ

The FAFSA should be completed by the student with the student’s information.  Here are some of the most frequent questions students have when completing the FAFSA.  Click the question to show/hide the answer.

Do I have to complete a FAFSA every year?


What is the Indiana State University School Code?


What name should I use on the FAFSA?


What if I don't know my Social Security Number (SSN) or I need to request a new card?


What degree should I indicate I'm working on?


Which year's income and tax information is required?


Why do I have to provide parent/stepparent information on the FAFSA?


What parent(s) should be listed on the FAFSA?


I have a child; why am I not considered independent?


My parent's don't support me financially, why am I not considered independent?


What should I do if my family's income has changed drastically since I completed the FAFSA?


What should I do if my family experiences unusual circumstances not included on the FAFSA?


What happens if I file my FAFSA after April 15th?


Where can I get more information about (and help with) the FAFSA?



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Making Changes

Need to make corrections to your FAFSA?  FAFSA errors create issues with your financial aid eligibility and can prevent on-time disbursement of your aid.  Correcting these problems is simple.  Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to www.fafsa.gov 
  2. Click the log in button Returning Students
  3. On the “My FAFSA” page, select “Make FAFSA Corrections.”
  4. Create a save key
  5. Edit the appropriate section
  6. Resign & Submit

If you're a dependent student, parent signature is required to resubmit the FAFSA.

For assistance, start with Indiana State University’s friendly Financial Aid Team – contact us.  We can help point you in the right direction. You may also contact 1-800-4-FEDAID as they are available 24 hours a day.

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Rejected FAFSA Help

Have you been notified that your FAFSA was rejected?  You will need to make a correction to set things right.  Below are some common reasons why a FAFSA will be rejected, click the error type to show/hide the resolution.

Missing Signature(s) Error


Income Tax Error


Dependency Error



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