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Grad Student 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: Submit your Transcripts

Step 3: Activate MyISU Portal

Step 4: Check for Graduate Assistantships or Fellowships

Step 5: Complete or Update the FAFSA

Step 6: Review your Financial Aid Notification Packet

Step 7: Meet State Immunization Requirements

Step 8: Complete Your Housing Process

Step 9: Make your Federal Student Loan Decisions

Step 10: Consider Other Aid Options

Step 11: Check your Bill

Step 12: Transportation Options

Step 13: 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 a graduate/professional student. If you have a question, please ask us.

  • Go to class! If yyou 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. You must be enrolled in at least 5 credit hours to receive loans.
  • Study! You need to earn at least a 3.0 GPA to keep your aid.
  • Reapply for aid! October 1st each year. Funding rules are subject to change on a yearly basis, so the earlier you apply, the better.
  • 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!





220 North Seventh Street
150 Tirey Hall
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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.