If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident—and a current or prospective grad student—you should apply annually for need-based aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need-based aid may be used to supplement other assistance you receive. The criteria for receiving need-based aid for graduate students differs from the criteria used for undergraduate students. You should complete the FAFSA each year and as soon as you are considering going to graduate school. Admission is not required to complete the FAFSA, but no financial aid offer can be finalized until the student is admitted.
Make an informed financial decision—with help through the federal financial aid process
Indiana University’s Priority Deadline is April 15
Students can submit their FAFSA as early as October 1. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will also be considered.
Steps for securing funding
The first step in applying for need-based aid is submitting the FAFSA. Submit the FAFSA annually to be considered for need-based aid.
After submitting your FAFSA, we encourage you to research other funding options that may be available to you. This includes learning more about student loan options and other non-need-based aid funding opportunities.
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