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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 January 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:

IUPUI Semester


Spring 2016


2015-2016 FAFSA

Summer 2016


2015-2016 FAFSA

Fall 2016


2016-2017 FAFSA

Spring 2017


2016-2017 FAFSA

The priority FAFSA receipt deadline is March 10th each year. By meeting the priority FAFSA deadline, eligible Indiana residents are considered for 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.

Additional Resources

•  Tutorial: Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA

FAFSA Follow-up Steps:

Review the status of the FAFSA 3 to 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.

The state requires any FAFSA edit corrections be submitted on or before May 15th. After March 10th, you are encouraged to check eStudent for any edits that must be corrected by the May 15th deadline.

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