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Applying for Financial Aid at IUPUI

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)Information

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key application to determine eligibility for federal, Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), and IUPUI financial aid. You are encouraged to apply online via FAFSA on the WEB. By applying online, you have the advantage of online ‘chat’ help, edits that assist in accurately completing the FAFSA, and a shorter time to receive the Student Aid Report (SAR).

In preparation to applying online, you are encouraged to complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet allows you assemble your key documents and to read and complete the questions before entering your information online. The questions are listed in the same order as they appear on the Web site.

By applying online via FAFSA on the Web, access to the SAR is available online in three to seven days. If you apply with the paper FAFSA, the SAR is mailed within three weeks. When you receive the SAR, you should review the information to make sure that it is correct. If you need to make corrections you should submit the changes to the federal processor.

Completing the FAFSA and applying for student financial aid is free. You should be wary of mailings or web sites that offer to submit your application or to find money for school if you pay them a fee. Generally, any information or service paid for can be obtained for free from IUPUI or from the U.S. Department of Education.

As an alternative to FAFSA on the Web, you can obtain a paper FAFSA by calling Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

Additionally, you are encouraged to research and apply for scholarships available at IUPUI administered by the Office of Student Scholarships. Please note that the deadlines for scholarships vary and some fall earlier than the FAFSA March 10 Priority Application Receipt Deadline.

When should I submit the FAFSA?

The FAFSA must be submitted each year you are applying for financial aid.

The 2012-13 FAFSA is available via FAFSA on the web for students applying for aid for the 2012/13 aid year. The last date to submit the 2012/13 FAFSA via the web is midnight Central Daylight time, June 30, 2013.

The 2012-2013 FAFSA is available January 1, 2012, with a Priority Application Receipt Deadline of March 10, 2012. By meeting the Priority Application Receipt Deadline, eligible Indiana residents are considered for state aid from ICHE. Additionally, by meeting the Priority Application receipt deadline you will receive maximum consideration in the awarding process.

If you (or your parent(s) if you are a dependent student) are filing a 2011 federal income tax return, the recommendation is to complete your tax return(s) before submitting the 2012-2013 FAFSA. If you have not completed your federal income tax return(s), apply with information based on your estimated federal tax returns prior to the Priority Application Receipt Deadline of March 10, 2012. In order to meet the Priority Application Receipt Deadline, you are encouraged to submit the 2012-2013 FAFSA by March 1, 2012. If you mail a paper FAFSA, it must be received by the federal processor no later than the Priority Application Receipt Deadline to be considered on time.

The following information provides a reference chart to connect the IUPUI semesters with the corresponding FAFSA form:

FAFSA Reference Chart

IUPUI Semester


Fall 2012

2012-2013 FAFSA

Spring 2013

2012-2013 FAFSA

Summer 2013

2012-2013 FAFSA

After completing the FAFSA online, you (and your parents for dependent students) must sign your application. You (and your parents for dependent students) are encouraged to request and sign the FAFSA with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that can be requested from the FAFSA on the Web site. As an alternative, you can print, sign, and mail in a signature page when applying online. If you complete a paper FAFSA, the signature step is incorporated on the form. 

FAFSA Follow-up Steps

You should review the status of a submitted FAFSA via FAFSA on the Web 3 to 5 days after the submission if you used a PIN to sign your application or 7 to 10 days after submission if you printed, signed and mailed a signature page. You are encouraged to make corrections as soon as possible to assist in the timely and accurate processing of your financial aid.

If you completed the FAFSA with estimated federal tax information, you should update your FAFSA after this information is available.

For the 2012/13 FAFSA, ICHE requires any FAFSA edit corrections to be submitted to the federal processor on or before May 15, 2012. After March 10, 2012, you are encouraged to check ICHE eStudent for any edits that must be corrected, confirm your high school diploma information (Academic Honors, Core 40, or General) has been correctly reported to ICHE, and confirm your college choice is IUPUI (or IUPUC if applicable).

You are encouraged to regularly monitor your IUPUI email account and OneStart To Do list for any FAFSA related issue that you must resolve.