The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.
- Nearly every student is eligible for some form of financial aid. Students who may not be eligible for need-based aid may still be eligible for an unsubsidized Stafford Loan regardless of income or circumstances.
- After completing the FAFSA, students are presented with a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR provides a student with their potential eligibility for different types of financial aid, their Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and a summary of the data a student provided in the application.
- FAFSA Updates from Commission for Higher Education – May 4, 2020
- Q: Does anyone know why I have students that have completed their FAFSA but they are showing up on the report as not completed?
- A: There are different reasons why a student may not show as complete. If the information on their school record doesn’t match exactly with the information on the FAFSA, it may create a new student record instead of syncing with the existing record, especially if the student did not list the high school on the FAFSA. If you have questions, please send me the student’s first and last name and date of birth. If we have not received the data file from the federal processor, I can request the file from them. If the student does not have a full account with a SSN listed, I will also need their SSN to make the request. We update ScholarTrack daily, so the lag of 3-5 days is the time it takes for the FAFSA to be processed by the federal Department of Education before they send it to the state. If it has been longer than a week, that is when you should have me request the file. (from Barbie Martin, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, April 2020)
- Q: This is my first time with a senior that is not a US Citizen but a citizen of Mexico. What financial opportunities are available for him? He is intelligent and active but he’s not sure how he can afford college. Any suggestions? He can’t fill out the FAFSA correct?
- A: He still needs to fill it out. He is probably going to be better off going to a private school because they have more private scholarships they can give to non-citizens.
- Look at the Golden Door scholarship program. https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/
- Some colleges offer scholarship for DACA students, have them check with the universities. La Plaza, from Indianapolis, has a package for Hispanic students, and some for DACA students as well.
- This was shared with me awhile. Private schools seem to be the better route. I believe they can use the FAFSA to determine what they could be eligible for or maybe one of those CSS profiles. They will not get any money from it, I’m a little leary with current administration though. Private schools can offer more assistance since they aren’t tied to federal dollars. Indiana schools would recognize them as out of state which is even higher tuition costs for state schools. A former advisor talked to me about having them go the Ivy Tech route to cut down on those initial costs of attending.
- I would contact the International office of admissions at a college. They know the difference in all the types of oversea students and what they can do and apply for. My suggestion is to contact IUPUI.
- If he has DACA that gives him temporary protected status but that unfortunately knocks him out for state and federal aid eligibility. The one thing to note from this is that he could still file the FAFSA because DACA recipients are eligible for SSNs, but I would have him consult with his colleges/universities to which he is considering attending to see if they want him to file it. Some do and some don’t.
- I am sure he is feeling overwhelmed by it all. Private institutions, as I am sure you know, can be more flexible in how their aid packages are distributed.
- FAFSA Data Share Agreement: HEA 1245-2019 requires all Indiana high schools, or their school corporations, to enter into a FAFSA Data Share Agreement with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The data is incorporated into ScholarTrack, so you will have access through your ScholarTrack accounts. Once your school has an executed data share agreement, you will be able to look at individual students and pull a FAFSA completion report for the full cohort. HEA 1245-2019 FAFSA Memo
- From Counselor Talk, October 2018:
- Q: FAFSA Help Sheet?
- A: https://www.investedindiana.
- A: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
resources Lots of videos and help on this site.
- FAFSA checklist from the InvestEd website
- From Counselor Talk, January 2018:
- Q: How to handle the FAFSA for a Senior who is 18 and is no longer living with her parents, nor has contact with them
- A: She will need to fill out a dependency override form once she fills out her FAFSA and it rejects she will then take it to the school and she will need documentation from several different people so that she will then be considered independent and be able to get aid. It is a whole process and it’s in-depth. She will need letters from professionals like you that know her situation as well as possibly a minister or someone else that knows her situation. She will need to keep all the documentation because each and every year until she graduates she will have to fill out the forms. She has to make contact with the Fin Aid office of the school she plans to attend so they know what is going on and to keep them in the loop.
- From Counselor Talk, April 2018:
- Q: Where can I locate a list of my seniors that have completed a FAFSA?
- A: upload all of your seniors to ScholarTrack & then under “Reports”, “Middle/High School” and “FAFSA Completion Report”
- FAFSA home
- Schools who participate in the FAFSA Completion Project can see a list of their seniors who have completed a FAFSA on ScholarTrack, both Scholars and non-Scholars.
- If you want to check where your school stands on FAFSA completion, visit LearnMoreIndiana to see current rankings. The number of students enrolled is based on IDOE compass data and is not real-time enrollment numbers.
- Learn More Indiana: Filing the FAFSA
- DACA/Undocumented Students: Private, In-State Schools *school offering private need-based scholarships that DACA students may qualify for
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