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FAFSA Update:

The Commission understands that students and families applying for financial aid for 2020-2021 may experience barriers to completing the FAFSA by the April 15 deadline. As such, in April, the Commission announced it would extend the state's April 15 FAFSA deadline for students who file past the original deadline. However, limited funding was available on a first-come, first-served basis.
As of Monday, April 27th the Commission for Higher Education has reached its maximum allotment for additional financial aid dollars for FAFSA filers past the April 15 deadline. Students who filed the FAFSA after April 27, 2020 will not be considered for the Frank O’Bannon Grant or 21st Century Scholarship in 2020-2021. Students who filed the FAFSA from April 16, 2020 through April 27, 2020 will have Edit 01 (Late FAFSA) overridden in ScholarTrack, meaning they will be eligible to receive the Frank O’Bannon Grant or 21st Century Scholarship.
Students are still encouraged to file the FAFSA if they have not done so to qualify for federal financial aid. Additionally, state financial aid dollars are still be available for the state's Next Level Jobs program.
Any student who failed to file the FAFSA by the April 15 deadline as a direct result of COVID-19 illness or disruption may submit an appeal to the Commission in ScholarTrack to waive the April 15 deadline. Students will need to explain in their appeal how they were unable to submit the FAFSA by the April 15 deadline, either due to a lack of access to the application or as a result of serious illness of the student or an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling).
If you have any questions, please contact us at scholars@che.in.gov



State FAFSA Deadline Extended Beyond April 15

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing deadline for Indiana has been extended beyond the Commission for Higher Education’s original state deadline of April 15. The extension is intended to ensure as many Hoosiers as possible can access financial aid in the coming academic year in the midst of challenges presented by the coronavirus.

Students who did not file the FAFSA before the April 15 deadline are urged to submit the form at FAFSA.gov as soon as possible. The Commission will consider students who file past the original deadline; however, limited funding is available on a first-come basis.

The extension applies to the 21st Century Scholarship and the Frank O’Bannon Grant(Junior grads). There is no FAFSA deadline for Hoosiers applying for the Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant.

High school seniors are encouraged to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) prior to beginning the FAFSA. The FSA ID serves as a legal, digital signature, and both the student and at least one parent must have one. The FSA ID can be created on the Federal Student Aid website.

Students can get assistance with filing by contacting or our partners at INvestEd at 317-715-9007.

Please contact Mrs. Walton if you have any questions or need assistance.


You may want to watch this video about creating a FAFSA ID.
Looking for information about the FAFSA? Check this out FAFSA App and video.
The new FAFSA will open October 1, 2019 for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you’re not ready to apply for federal student aid, but you’d like to estimate your aid, try FAFSA4caster.
FAFSA4caster is an early eligibility estimator that can help you plan ahead when it comes to paying for college.

Learn More Indiana
Learn More Indiana's Cash for College campaign equips students and families with the practical steps they need to save for college, navigate the financial aid process and complete college with minimal debt. Go to: www.LearnMoreIndiana.org.