Step 1: Apply!

Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The financial aid process begins by completing the FAFSA. This application will be used to determine your family’s financial profile and your eligibility for all need-based aid. This form is available starting January 1st and may be completed online at

Your Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Your online federal financial aid forms, including the FAFSA, will require the use of an electronic signature. In order to do this, you must first apply for a PIN at

Your Student Aid Report (SAR)

Upon successful completion of the FAFSA, you will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report) from the Department of Education. Your SAR will have your calculated EFC (Expected Family Contribution). This number is used to calculate your financial need and is the basis in determining most federal, state, and institutional aid. Check the data on the SAR for accuracy! If necessary, make corrections to your FAFSA.


Your Institutional Aid Application (IUAPP)

After completing your FAFSA, you must complete the institutional aid application. This application captures information not on the FAFSA, which will enable us to more accurately prepare your financial aid package for the academic year. 


Next step: Plan!