Federal student aid
The form used to apply for federal student financial aid is called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, and is available from FAFSA's website. For the 2017-2018 academic year, you will be using your 2015 income and asset information to complete the FAFSA. You should also include IU's school code (001809) so that we have access to your FAFSA data.
IRS data retrieval option
When filing the FAFSA, please try to use the IRS data retrieval tool. Importing your IRS data directly into the FAFSA will streamline and expedite the processing of your financial aid application and could help you avoid having to submit additional documentation to the financial aid office later in the academic year. For additional help in completing the FAFSA, please go to FAFSA's help page, or call (800) 4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Either way, it’s a good idea to make a copy of the FAFSA for your own records.
Filing priority date: March 10th
But you may file the FAFSA anytime after October 1, 2016. Filing early helps you avoid the rush that occurs closer to the March 10th priority deadline, and ensures that the money will be available when you need it to pay for your education. You may also file after March 10th to receive Federal Direct loans.
A special note for Summer Starters
If you are considering the Summer Start program, please note that in order for you to receive federal financial aid for the summer of 2017, we must have your 2016-2017 FAFSA data. We CANNOT use the 2017-2018 FAFSA data to process summer loans, because summer sessions are tied to the end of the academic year at IU. You will need to either fill out a new application or update a previously filed 2016-2017 FAFSA.
If you filed the 2016-2017 FAFSA as an undergraduate, you will need to update it with Indiana University—Bloomington's school code, which is 001809. This update can be made anytime, but must be done prior to June 30, 2017 because the federal processor’s system does not allow updates for last year’s data after that date.
Notification of your financial aid
Generally, if you file your FAFSA by March 10th, you will be sent an electronic notification outlining your financial aid, including loans from the IU Office of Student Financial Assistance by early June. If you decide to borrow federal student loans, you will also receive subsequent instructions on how to complete and sign a master promissory note.
How you receive your money
All student financial assistance, including scholarships and fellowships, is credited to your student account through the IU Office of the Bursar. All charges incurred through the university are covered first, and then a refund for any remaining funds is released to you by the start of each semester or session. To expedite this process, you may wish to consider direct deposit bursar refunds, a free service that deposits your financial aid refund directly into the bank account of your choice.
The Maurer School of Law follows Indiana University's refund policies, which can be found in the university's Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin. Note that the Law School's policy follows the policy for undergraduate students in the flat fee range (described at the top of the web page), and not the policy for graduate students described on that page.