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Freshman 101


Welcome to Indiana State University
Office of Student Financial Aid!

We want you to be successful at Indiana State University—and to take advantage of all of the financial opportunities you may be eligible to receive.  We have many resources available for you to access on our website and we are more than happy to provide any additional assistance that may help you along the way.  For our office location, hours and contact information - click here.



Helpful Guide to Getting Started

Use the timeline below to make sure you are taking the right steps for a great first year!  Click the steps to reveal/hide the answer.

Step 1: Apply for Admissions

Step 2: Activate MyISU Portal

Step 3: Complete the FAFSA

Step 4: Check for Scholarships

Step 5: Review your Financial Aid Notification Packet

Step 6: Confirm your Enrollment

Step 7: Register for State Orientation

Step 8: Complete Your Housing Process

Step 9: Meet State Immunization Requirements

Step 10: Make your Federal Student Loan Decisions

Step 11: Consider Other Aid Options

Step 12: Take Your Assessments

Step 13: Provide Final Materials

Step 14: Attend State Orientation

Step 15: Check your Bill

Step 16: Optional Items


Keeping Your Aid

Many students are not aware that there are steps to undertake to ensure that they maintain eligibility from year to year.

Following are general guidelines for keeping financial aid as an undergraduate. If you have a question, please ask us.

  • Go to class! If you never attend your classes, you will not be eligible to receive aid. The same rule applies if you withdraw from courses or even audit courses. Be watchful of your enrollment hours as they may impact your loans and scholarships.
  • Study! You need to earn at least a 2.0 GPA to keep your aid. Higher GPA requirements apply for scholarship renewal.
  • Reapply for aid! October 1st each year. Funding rules are subject to change on a yearly basis, so the earlier you apply, the better.
  • Research your Scholarships! Many scholarships are renewed automatically. For ISU scholarships from the Office of Admissions, renewal criteria is posted at rules and regulations. For other awards, check with the organization awarding your scholarship for renewal procedures and criteria.
  • Stay in touch! If a situation arises in which you have financial difficulty, need to completely withdraw, or encounter an emergency, we may be able to help.

Related links: Satisfactory academic progress policy | Special circumstances | Sycamore emergency loan | Withdrawal policy




Resources for Financial Aid

There are many resources available on this website to help you with your Financial Aid questions.  Here are a few links that may assist you:


Still can't find your answers?  Contact Us!





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Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.