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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
- For details about State Immunization Records and how to submit them - visit the Office of Registration and Records.
7. Need On-Campus Housing?
- Apply for housing - for more information visit Residential Life.
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
- Graduate Student Aid Options.
- Private Alternative Loans. Loans offered by private lenders rather than the federal government.
- Military Benefits. Supplemental Grants and benefit programs are available for assistance with higher education.
- Types of Aid. For a full listing of aid options available at Indiana State University.
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: https://www.indstate.edu/financial-aid/special-circumstances.
- 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
- For information on maintaining eligibility, visit keeping your aid.