Need-based Aid

Make an informed financial decision—with help through the federal financial aid process

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.

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. 

Find FAFSA instructions at Student Central 

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. 

Learn about loan options  

Find other funding opportunities

It is important that you understand your award and budget how much need-based aid you will need to cover your expenses. If your need-based aid award summary includes loans you will need to decide how much aid, if any, you will accept. 

Find help at Student Central

Funding for international students

If you are an international student, find resources for funding your education at the Office of International Services.

Go to the Office of International Services