Filing your FAFSA
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 2021-2022 academic year, you will be using your 2019 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. We do not require that you submit parental data on your FAFSA. Even if you are required to submit that information for another school, we will not use it when evaluating your finanical aid eligibility.
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: April 15
But you may file the FAFSA anytime after October 1, 2020. Filing early helps you avoid the rush that occurs closer to the priority deadline, and ensures that the money will be available when you need it to pay for your education. You may also file after April 15th to receive Federal Direct loans.
Notification of your financial aid
Confirmed law students who have completed the IU E-App, will be packaged with federal financial aid beginning in early March. You will be sent an email financial aid notification that lists your financial aid awards and the steps that you need to take to get your aid set up for the upcoming academic year. Please note, we do not automatically package students with Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, but we will provide you with instructions on how to submit that application.
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 excess funds is released to you by the start of each semester or session. To expedite this process, you should consider setting up direct deposit, a free service that deposits your financial aid refund directly into the bank account of your choice.
JD students are charged their cohort’s flat-rate tuition, if they enroll in 9 or more credits. If a JD student is permitted to enroll in fewer than 9 credits, they will be billed the hourly tuition rate for their cohort. To review the minimum and maximum academic load guidelines for the law school, please see Section 4.1 of the academic regulations.
Students who initially enroll in 9 or more credits, but drop all coursework during the official drop/add period, should receive a 100% refund of their flat rate tuition. If they withdraw completely after the official drop/add period, their tuition will be refunded based on the applicable refund period percentage shown below. Students who drop from 9 hours or above to below 9 hours during the official drop/add period, but maintain some enrollment, will receive a credit which will reduce them from the flat rate tuition to the hourly tuition rate. If a student makes such an enrollment change after drop/add but during the refund period, the amount of the credit will be prorated based on the refund percentages listed below.
Students who initially enroll in fewer than 9 hours and then drop credits, will have their hourly tuition refunded for the credits dropped, based on the applicable refund period percentage.
Please note, students won’t receive a refund for coursework dropped after the refund period has ended. Students seeking an exception to the university’s refund policy, can file a Tuition & Fees Dispute Appeal.
Drop/Add Week: 100% refund
Second Week: 75% refund
Third Week: 50% refund
Fourth Week: 25% refund
Fifth Week and beyond: 0%