File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) between October 1 and March 10 each year to qualify for state and federal financial aid for the next academic year.
Go to FAFSA.gov to complete it online, fast (average time: 22 minutes) and free. The website includes a worksheet to help you organize your financial information to make the process go even smoother. Make sure you have everything you need to complete the FAFSA and college financial aid information, including:
- FSA ID (FSAID.ed.gov)
- Your Social Security Number
- Driver’s license number (if you have one)
- Parent and student tax forms (1040EZ, 1040A or 1040 and/or W-2s), parent and student untaxed income information, asset information, business or farm records, if applicable. At FAFSA.gov, you can learn more about IRS Data Retrieval Tool, the fastest, most accurate way to file tax information for the FAFSA.
- Student academic information, such as GPA, test scores and diploma type
Not sure of your plans? File anyway. If you miss the March 10 deadline, you could miss out on money for college. You never know what you’ll get unless you apply.
FAFSA4caster will help you understand your options for paying for college. Provide some basic information and get an estimate for your eligibility for federal student aid. Your estimate will be shown in the “College Cost Worksheet,” where you can also provide estimated amounts of other student aid and savings that can go toward your college education. Go ahead and get started now on the FAFSA4caster at
CASH FOR COLLEGE:
Who doesn’t need cash for college? Learn More Indiana’s Cash for College campaign has great advice, tips and resources to help Hoosier students of all ages pay for college. Learn about saving for college, paying for college and more at LearnMoreIndiana.org/cost. The Indiana College Costs Estimator, powered by the National Center for College Costs and Learn More Indiana, is full of advice for high school and college students and their families. Visit IndianaCollegeCosts.org to calculate your actual college costs in minutes.