By Symphanie Bolds, Indiana Commission for Higher Education Intern

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for students every year that they may want to go to college. The FAFSA is required to receive federal, state and institutional grants, scholarships and student loans. However, many are not aware that each state has different requirements. If you live in Indiana, here’s what you need to know for the 2019-2020 FAFSA.

1. FAFSA Deadline Indiana: April 15, 2019

The state deadline is April 15, 2019. In order to be considered an on-time filer, receipt of filing your FAFSA MUST be received before 11:59 pm on April 15, 2019.

2. FAFSA Deadline (priority) and Codes for Indiana Schools

Each college and University has their schools. Click here to view Indiana college and university deadlines and their unique FAFSA code.

3. Main Types of Financial Aid Available in Indiana*

21st Century Scholars
The 21st Century Scholarship provides up to four years of undergraduate tuition at an eligible college or university in Indiana. In order to qualify, students must sign up for the program in 7th or 8th grade and complete all Scholar Success Program activities in high school before graduating. And, Scholars must file the FAFSA by April 15 of their senior year of high school. Learn more here.

Frank O’Bannon Grant
The Frank O’Bannon Grant, which includes the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award, is Indiana’s primary need-based financial aid program. It is designed to provide access for Hoosier students to attend eligible public, private and proprietary colleges and universities. Eligibility is based on a student’s FAFSA (due by April 15). Learn more here.

Adult Student Grant
The Adult Student Grant offers a renewable $2,000 grant to assist returning adult students in starting or completing an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or certificate. To qualify, students must be financially independent as determined by the FAFSA, demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in at least six credit hours. Learn more here.

Workforce Ready Grant
The Workforce Ready Grant, part of Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative, pays tuition and regularly assessed fees for qualifying certificates (in the fields of Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health Sciences, Information Technology & Business Technology and Transportation & Logistics) at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. The grant is available for two years and covers up to the number of credits required by the qualifying program. Learn more here.


*This is not an exhaustive list of available financial aid available in Indiana. For a complete list, click here.

4. Want to Know more about the FAFSA?

Looking for more information on how to file your FAFSA? The FAFSA website contains a helpful guide on how to get through the process which can be found here.

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