Fun with Forms: Filing the FAFSA 101

FAFSA applications are due soon. Families and students with disabilities interested in attending college need to understand that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could assist them with federal and state grants and/or loans and scholarships.

That part is pretty standard. What students may not realize is that VR postsecondary education assistance—possible tutoring, assistive tech, and other supports—also depend on students first completing and submitting their FAFSA. To be eligible for state aid, Indiana residents must submit their FAFSA form so that the federal processor receives it on or before April 15, 2021.

Filling out the FAFSA form—especially for first-time filers—can be complicated. Encourage students and families to participate in College Goal Sunday, which provides free FAFSA filing assistance to Hoosier families. This year's event will take place virtually on March 7, 2021. Please see College Goal Sunday for full event information.

Let students know that the earlier they file the FAFSA, the more likely they are to receive financial assistance. can also guide students and families through the process of applying for additional financial assistance and scholarships. Other information and deadlines: