During the 2023 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 167-2023 which requires high school seniors to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or affirmatively opt out of filing by April 15, 2024. Completing the FAFSA is an important step in the postsecondary education process. Students pursuing short-term certificate training, associate/bachelor’s degrees and even some apprenticeships may receive financial aid by completing the FAFSA.
It is important to file your FAFSA as early as possible for three reasons:
1) The sooner you file, the sooner colleges can put together your financial aid offer. The sooner you have all your financial aid offers, the sooner you can begin to compare offers and make the best decisions for your families.
2) Money that is available through FAFSA is limited. Once the FAFSA money is gone, it's gone. It's a "first come, first served" kind of situation. The Indiana deadline for filing the FAFSA is April 15, but don't wait!
3) Federal student loans are only available through FAFSA. If you are planning to use federal student loans at all, you must file the FAFSA. Also, most colleges and universities don't like to give out scholarship money unless you have a FAFSA on file.
For those needing assistance with FAFSA filing, please plan to attend the CPHS Finalizing Financial Aid Night on 2/22/2024 at 5:30pm, check out the attachments to this email, and/or visit the helpful links below:
- Contact INvestEd: https://www.investedindiana.org/funding/completing-the-fafsa/
- Contact your Outreach Coordinator: https://learnmoreindiana.org/contact/
- Contact Federal Student Aid Support: https://fsapartners.ed.gov/help-center/contact-customer-support