Indiana extends FAFSA filing deadline, encourages students to file as soon as possible

The state is holding virtual and in-person FAFSA events to help Hoosiers complete the financial aid form.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has extended the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application deadline to April 18. The state’s original deadline of April 15 is a statutory holiday and state offices will be closed. Financial aid funding will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis after the April 18 extension. Students and families must submit the form to FAFSA.gov as soon as possible to ensure maximum consideration of financial assistance.

Students must complete the federal form to be eligible for most financial aid. State financial assistance programs such as the 21st Century Fellowship and the Workforce Ready Grant require students to have an up-to-date FAFSA record in order to maintain their scholarship and grant.

The number of Hoosiers filing a FAFSA has steadily declined over the past few years. The overall FAFSA filing rate as of March 18 is down 15.2% from the same date in 2021. For the state’s high school class of 2022, the number of FAFSA filings is down nearly 3 %. Every year, Hoosiers who don’t file the FAFSA miss out on millions in federal financial aid, including $65 million for the Class of 2021.

“Filing the FAFSA remains the number one way for students to take advantage of federal, state, and even some merit-based scholarships,” said Indiana Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “The Commission and our college and community partners will be available in the weeks leading up to the April 18 deadline, helping students and families file the FAFSA and access financial aid.”

The Commission, in partnership with INVESTEDis hosting two upcoming Facebook Live events to educate Hoosier families about the FAFSA and answer frequently asked questions live.

WHAT: Indiana FAFSA Facebook Live Events

WHO: Indiana Commission for Higher Education outreach staff and INvestEd team members

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2022

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (ET)

OR: Online: Read more Indiana Facebook (facebook.com/LearnMoreIN)

In addition, the Commission, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, will host an in-person FAFSA filing event at the college’s Indianapolis campus. In addition to helping students file the FAFSA, Board staff will be available to help 21st century scholars Academic Success Program questions and achievements of activities. Ivy Tech enrollment and financial aid staff will also be present.

WHAT: Indiana FAFSA Filing Event

WHO: Indiana Commission for Higher Education outreach staff and Ivy Tech staff

WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2022

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET)

OR: Ivy Tech Community College, 50 West Fall Creek Parkway, North Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46208

The eight members of the Outreach Commission will host other FAFSA events throughout the state. A calendar of events is available at www.learnmoreindiana.org. Members of the Outreach Commission are available by phone and email. A full list of counties and associated phone numbers can be found here. Contact INvestEd anytime at (317) 715-9007 for free assistance with the FAFSA.

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