Steps to Apply

Get ready to apply for financial aid

You’ll start the process by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you’re transferring to IUPUI or also taking classes at Ivy Tech, you’ll need to take a few extra steps.

Your application starts with the FAFSA

Be sure to submit a FAFSA each year to be considered for federal and state aid. We use your FAFSA to determine your eligibility, calculate your need, award your financial aid, and prepare your financial aid notification (FAN).

When to submit your FAFSA

The FAFSA becomes available October 1 of each year, and you should submit by the priority deadline of March 10. By meeting this deadline, you’ll have the most opportunities to receive funding.

What you’ll need

Make sure you have the important pieces of information listed here. Having everything together before you start will make filling out the FAFSA easier.

Once you’ve gathered everything you need, you’re ready to file your FAFSA. The online application will guide you through the process—just follow the directions on the screen. You’re all set!

A note about dependency

Your status is determined by a group of dependency questions on the FAFSA. If you can’t answer “yes” to any of the questions, you’ll be considered dependent and advised to supply parental information on your FAFSA.

You’re considered to be a dependent if you:

  • Are under 24 years old
  • Are not a graduate or professional student
  • Are not a veteran or member of the armed forces
  • Are not an orphan or ward of the court
  • Are not homeless or at risk for becoming homeless
  • Are not an emancipated minor