Paying for College

First Time Students

How to apply

The first step in the Financial Aid process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal and Indiana state aid programs, and some scholarships also require a FAFSA on file.

Before you begin filing the FAFSA, we recommend printing and completing a FAFSA worksheet. The FAFSA worksheet will help you assemble the information you'll need to complete the FAFSA.  

When to file the FAFSA

The FAFSA must be submitted every year you need financial aid.  The FAFSA is available after January 1st each year.

To be eligible for Indiana state aid programs like 21st Century Scholar, Indiana National Guard grant and Frank O'Bannon Higher Education award, you must file your FAFSA so that it is received by the Federal Processor by 11:59 pm on March 10th each year.  If you miss the March 10th deadline, you will not be eligible for state aid until the following academic year. 

Additionally, if you must make any corrections to your FAFSA, you must do so by 11:59 pm on May 15th each year or you will lose your state aid eligibility.  You can access your state aid information any time at the state of Indiana's student aid portal, eStudent.

If you are unsure of which year's FAFSA to submit, use the table below:

SemesterFile this FAFSA
Spring 2014 (January, 2014 - May, 2014) 2013-2014 FAFSA
Summer 2014 (May 2014-August 2014) 2013-2014 FAFSA
Fall 2014 (August, 2014 - December 2014) 2014-2015 FAFSA
Spring 2015 (January, 2015 - May, 2015) 2014-2015 FAFSA
Summer, 2015 (May, 2015 - August, 2015) 2014-2015 FAFSA

Information needed to complete the FAFSA

To complete the FAFSA, you will need the following information:

Dependent Students:

  • Student's federal tax return, if filed
  • Parents' federal tax return
  • School code (IPFW's school code is 001828)
  • FAFSA PIN number for student and parent

Independent Students:

  • Student's federal tax return, if filed
  • School code (IPFW's school code is 001828)
  • FAFSA PIN number

After you file the FAFSA

IPFW will receive your FAFSA within 3 to 5 business days.  If you are already admitted to IPFW, your FAFSA will be processed at that time.  The Enrollment tab on myIPFW will show a green checkmark if your FAFSA has been received.  If you must provide any documentation, or if you were selected for verification, you will also see red flags.   You must provide the requested information as quickly as possible, as you cannot be awarded any federal or state aid until the red flags are cleared.

Also, log on to the state of Indiana's student aid portal, eStudent to make sure the state of Indiana does not show any problems with your FAFSA that must be corrected.

Once any requirements have been cleared, you will be awarded your financial aid package.  For more information on awarding, read about the How Your Aid Is Awarded.

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Changes to Child of a Disabled Veteran (CVO) Program

Students who will receive CVO next year must be aware of recent changes made by the state of Indiana.  Visit the state of Indiana's website to read more!