Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Information
What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key application to determine eligibility for federal, state, and IUPUI financial aid. You are encouraged to apply online via FAFSA on the Web.
Completing the FAFSA is free. You should be wary of mailings or web sites that require you to pay a fee.
When should I submit the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is available October 1 each year; the version of the FAFSA that you need to complete depends upon when you will be attending classes for which you need financial aid. The following information provides a reference chart to connect the IUPUI semesters with the corresponding FAFSA form:
The priority FAFSA receipt deadline is March 10th each year. By meeting the priority FAFSA deadline, eligible Indiana residents are considered for most forms of state aid. Additionally, by meeting the priority FAFSA receipt deadline students will receive maximum consideration in the aid awarding process.
Students can still apply after the March 10th receipt deadline. However, these students will be considered for Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loans, but will not be eligible for most forms state aid.
The Easy FAFSA Filing Option
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) makes FAFSA filing even quicker and easier by allowing students and parents to import their tax return information directly from the IRS website into their FAFSA. We highly recommend using this tool when filling out the FAFSA for the following reasons:
1.) It is the quickest and easiest way to complete the tax information portion of the FAFSA.
2.) It is the best way to ensure that the tax information listed on your FAFSA is accurate.
3.) If selected for the verification process, you will not need to provide a copy of your or your parents' tax transcript to the university - making that process quicker and easier as well!