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FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Cash In On Time - Earn up to $3,400 in financial aid, file by March 10

All students seeking financial aid must complete a FAFSA. Submit your FAFSA by March 10th to be considered for state aid including the Frank O'Bannon grant. Students will complete a new FAFSA for each academic year (for example, the 2015-16 FAFSA covers the Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 semesters).

We strongly recommend that students file their federal income tax returns prior to filing their FAFSA. By doing so you can import your tax returns into your FAFSA which will save you time and reduce the likelihood that you'll be selected for verification. Read more about the IRS data retrieval tool.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the FAFSA?
    • The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form that must be submitted annually in order to apply for financial aid. The easiest way to file the FAFSA is online at FAFSA.gov. FAFSA.gov also provides a printer-friendly PDF if you prefer to mail your FAFSA. After filing your FAFSA, your college will be able to tell you which scholarships and grants you could receive as well as how much money you can borrow in student loans.
  2. What is the deadline?
    • You should file the FAFSA by March 10th. Students who submit their FAFSA by March 10th will be considered for state aid such as the O'Bannon grant. Students who submit a FAFSA after March 10th will not receive state aid.
  3. Why do I need to file my taxes before filing a FAFSA?
    • We highly recommend that you file your 2013 tax return approximately three weeks prior to submitting the FAFSA. This will allow you to take advantage of FAFSA's IRS import option which will automatically add the appropriate information from your tax return. Failure to do so may result in a delay of your financial aid.
      • If the student did not import their tax information into the FAFSA and is selected for verification, the student will be required to request a tax transcript from the IRS, which could delay the processing of your aid by several weeks. Tax returns and W-2s can no longer be used for income verification.
      • If the student does use the IRS Data Retrievel Tool to transfer data to their FAFSA without modification, the transferred data will not be subject to verification. This will reduce the likelihood that the applicant's FAFSA will be selected for verification, potentially saving the applicant time and hassle.
    • Set a goal to complete your taxes by mid-February, and you'll be ready to apply for financial aid before the March 10th deadline.
  4. Who should file the FAFSA?
    • Anyone who will be in college the following fall should file the FAFSA. You should file the FAFSA even if you're not sure if you will enroll, or if you are currently in college.
  5. What information do I need in order to file the FAFSA?
    • If you are under 23, you will need your parents' information as well as yours. The information you will need for the FAFSA includes:
      • Your social security number
      • Your driver's license number (if you have a driver's license)
      • Your and/or your parents' most recent federal tax returns (IRS forms 1040, 1040EZ or 1040A)
      • Records of money earned, including W-2 forms and recent bank statements
      • Alien registration numbers or permanent residence cards (if you or your parents are not U.S. citizens)
  6. How do I get help filling out my FAFSA?
    • If you need help completing your FAFSA, financial aid professionals will be volunteering at 40 sites across Indiana during College Goal Sunday to help students and their families with financial aid questions. College Goal Sunday takes place on February 22, at 2pm local time. For more information and a list of sites, visit www.collegegoalsunday.org. Also review FAFSA's Help page for additional resources.

Important Dates

January 31 - February 17
File your 2014 tax return

February 2 - March 10
File your 2015-16 FAFSA
(approx. 3 weeks after taxes)

FAFSA School Code

009917 (all campuses)

The following videos will help you understand the basics of the FAFSA and answer frequently asked questions.

If you do not have a high school diploma (or High School Equivalency Diploma) and have not been home-schooled, please be aware of the following:

  • Students who were enrolled in a program of study prior to July 1, 2012 will be considered for financial aid.
  • Students who enroll in a program of study after July 1, 2012 will not be eligible for financial aid without a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma.
  • If you DO have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma (or you will have one prior to enrolling at Ivy Tech), or you were home-schooled but you mistakenly answered "no" to those questions on your FAFSA, you can correct your FAFSA! Go to FAFSA.gov and select Make FAFSA Corrections, or talk with your local Financial Aid Office.

Additional documentation for special circumstances:

  • Homeless or Unaccompanied Youth or At Risk of Being Homeless: Have you, at any time on or after July 1, 2012, been identified (by your high school district homeless liaison or the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) as an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or at risk of being homeless? If so, click here for more information and documentation instructions.
  • Ward of the Court, Orphan, or Emancipated Minor or Legal Guardianship: If you are a Ward of the Court, an Orphan, or an Emancipated Minor or in a Legal Guardianship please click here for more information and documentation instructions.
  • Drug Offenses: Some students who were convicted of a federal or state offense for selling or possessing illegal drugs (offenses that occurred while they were receiving federal student aid) may not be eligible to receive federal student aid for a specific period of time.
  • Special Circumstances: We understand that there may be situations when a student's true financial situation is not fully reflected by the questions on the FAFSA. These students may be considered on a case-by-case basis for a Special Circumstances Review. Click here for more information.
  • Dependency Status Review: We understand that there may be situations when a student does not meet the federal financial aid requirements to be considered independent on the FAFSA and yet may not be able to provide parent information. These students may be considered on a case-by-case basis for a Dependency Status Review. Click here for more information.