By Ashley Shuler
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is extending the Free Application for Federal Student Aid deadline for college students to April 15 because of issues with one of the application’s tools.
The extension comes after recent issues with a federal data retrieval tool that complicated the process for students and families attempting to submit the application. The original deadline was last Friday.
File photo of the FAFSA website. Photo by Zoie Richey, TheStatehouseFile.com
Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers announced the new deadline Thursday.
“This is an excellent opportunity for Hoosiers who missed last Friday’s deadline to complete the FAFSA and qualify for financial aid that makes college more affordable,” Lubbers said in a statement. “All prospective college students—whether they’re a high school senior, a current college student or a returning adult—should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.”
Aside from determining if a student is eligible for state and federal financial aid, colleges use FAFSA information to determine scholarship awards.
Filing the FAFSA is particularly important for students enrolled in Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program. Those students won’t receive their scholarship, which pays for up to four years of college tuition, without completing the application.
How to file
File the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
To complete the application, applicants will need their:
- Social security number
- 2015 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned
- An FSA ID to sign electronically. Dependent students need this same information for their parents.
Get help filing
Applicants can get FAFSA help via phone at 1-888-528-4719, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter at @LearnMoreIN, Facebook at facebook.com/LearnMoreIN, or online at LearnMoreIndiana.org/cost.
Ashley Shuler is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.