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Grad Student 101



Graduate/Professional Studies Check List

Use the timeline below to make sure you are taking the right steps financially.

1. Apply for Admissions

  • Nearing completion of your undergraduate degree or Master’s degree, you can apply for admission to Indiana State University. 
  • Need assistance?  Contact the Office of Admissions

2. Submit your Transcripts

  • ISU needs to know what courses you’ve taken and if you’ve completed your degree. Be sure to submit your official transcripts to us by:

3. Check for Graduate Assistantships of Fellowships

  • Graduate Assistantships (GAs) can be awarded by a program to allow a graduate student the opportunity to work on campus for up to 20 hours a week.  GAs come with a stipend and partial tuition waiver.  Contact your program for additional details and deadlines.
  • Information on Fellowships is available through your program of study. Click here for more information.

4. Complete or Update the FAFSA

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available on October 1st; Indiana State’s school code is 001807.

5. Review your Financial Aid Notification Packet

  • Financial Aid Notification (FAN) packets are mailed and the document can also be viewed in your MyISU Portal account.  The portal is your go-to resource for real-time information about your financial aid status, requirements, account balance and awards.  

6. Submit your Immunization Records

7. Need On-Campus Housing?

8. Make your Federal Student Loan Decisions

  • For details about Federal Direct Unsubsidized or Graduate PLUS Loans – visit Types of Aid.
  • Students that are eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans will need to make a decision to accept or decline.  After June 1st make your decision on your MyISU Portal. 
  • If you choose to accept your Federal Student Loans, then complete Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note.

9. Consider Other Aid Options

10. Check your Bill

  • Approximately 10 days prior to the beginning of the term, aid will disburse to your ISU student account. If you are expecting a refund, sign up for direct deposit.
  • Average enrollment for graduate students is 6 credit hours per term. If you are enrolled in more than 6 credit hours, you may be eligible for a Budget Evaluation to increase your documented educational expenses and possibly receive additional loans. More information is available here:​.
  • On the first day of the semester, Bursar bills are due for students who are already enrolled. Be sure to pay online by the due date.
  • Be sure to pay your remaining balance with the University to avoid registration holds.
  • Reminder: Text books are not included in your bill.  Do not rely on Federal aid to purchase text books.

11. Transportation Options

  • Parking Permits are available through ISU Public Safety
  • ISU also provides a free Campus Bus around campus and the downtown area; just show your University ID when boarding.  Visit Campus Bus.

12. Start your Classes and Maintain Eligibility




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