Deadline for FAFSA goes to April 15

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers has announced that the state’s March 10 financial aid filing deadline has been extended to April 15 this year in response to recent issues with a federal data retrieval tool that complicated the process for families attempting to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Beyond determining eligibility for state and federal financial aid, colleges use information from the FAFSA to determine their scholarship awards.

Filing the FAFSA is particularly important for Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars who will not receive their scholarship that pays for up to four years of college tuition without completing the FAFSA.

The fastest and easiest way to file the FAFSA is online at www.fafsa.gov. Filers need their Social Security number; their 2015 federal income tax returns, W-2s and other records of money earned;  and an FSA ID to sign electronically. Dependent students need this same information for their parent(s).

The U.S. Department of Education provides email and live chat assistance for FAFSA filers as well as a helpline at 800-4FED-AID.

Hoosier families can find FAFSA-related help via phone at 888-528-4719, email (awards@che. in.gov), Twitter (twitter. com/learnmorein), Facebook (facebook.com/learnmorein) or online at LearnMoreIndiana.org/ cost.