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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

The FAFSA is the key application to determine eligibility for federal, state, and IUPUI financial aid. You can complete your FAFSA safely and securely online at

Completing the FAFSA is free. Be wary of mailings or websites that require you to pay a fee.


What will I need to complete the FAFSA?

To complete the FAFSA, you will need:

  •  Your Social Security Number
  •  Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  •  Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned for the
     Income/Tax Year that corresponds with your FAFSA (see below)
  •  Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  •  Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  •  A Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to sign electronically


If you are a dependent student, then you will also need the above information for your parent(s).



When should I submit the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is available October 1 each year. You will need to complete a new FAFSA each year that you will be attending classes. 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 chart shows you which FAFSA needs to be completed for each IUPUI semester.

IUPUI Semester


Income/Tax Year


Fall 2017


2017-2018 FAFSA




Spring 2018


2017-2018 FAFSA




Summer 2018


2017-2018 FAFSA




Fall 2018


2018-2019 FAFSA




The priority FAFSA submission deadline at IUPUI is March 10. By meeting the priority FAFSA deadline, students will receive maximum consideration in the aid awarding process.

Eligible Indiana residents must have their FAFSA submitted by April 15 to be considered for most forms of state aid. Students can still apply after the April 15 deadline. These students will be considered for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Direct Loans but will not be eligible for most forms of state aid.

FAFSA Follow-up Steps:

Review the status of your FAFSA 3-5 days after you have submitted it. Make corrections as soon as possible to assist in the timely and accurate processing of your financial aid.

In some cases, you may need to make specific changes to your FAFSA to meet eligiblity requirements for state of Indiana awards. You are encouraged to check ScholarTrack for any edits that must be corrected.

You are also encouraged to regularly monitor your IUPUI email account and One.IU To Do List for any FAFSA related issue that you must resolve.