Be sure you have your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filed before March 10th. If you are eligible for an Indiana State Grant, missing this deadline could mean missing out on thousands of dollars you could be eligible for to help pay for your college education. To file, go to www.fafsa.gov (not FAFSA.com).
What is the FAFSA? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid form is the first step in the financial aid process. Filling out this form makes you eligible for federal, state, and many times institutional need-based aid.
But our taxes aren’t done yet. That isn’t a problem. Use last year’s taxes to approximate your financial information so that you can at least get the FAFSA filed by the March 10 deadline. Once you have your taxes filed, just go back in and correct the numbers. Be sure you make all corrections by May 15th or, once again, you will miss out on receiving any Indiana State Grant money you might be eligible for.
Is March 10th the only deadline I need to worry about? No. Some colleges require that you have your FAFSA filed by March 1. Ask every college you are interested in, or check their financial aid websites, to see what their FAFSA deadline is.
Want more help? Find more resources, including a recording of the FAFSA Friday webinar, at CashForCollegeIndiana.org. You can also enter to win $529 for college– but only if you submit your entry form before the big day: March 10.
Note for Twenty-First Century Scholars who are graduating in May: Even if you are not planning to attend college in the fall you must still file the FAFSA by March 10th or you will permanently lose your scholarship. Also, please make sure you have completed an affirmation form.