Raysha Duncan, Financial Aid Administrator & Purdue Alumna
It’s that time of year again! Time to file the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Students wishing to receive financial aid need to file a FAFSA each year they are planning on being enrolled in college. So if you’re graduating and not attending graduate school in the coming Academic Year, you don’t need to worry about it! But if you’re graduating high school and starting college in the fall, then this is something you definitely want to do. It’s important to note that the FAFSA is the only application that Purdue University uses in determining students’ eligibility for need-based financial aid awards.
Are you confused about how the FAFSA process works or just need a refresher? The video below created by Federal Student Aid explains briefly how the FAFSA filing process works.
StudentAid.gov has numerous other helpful resources to help you in filing your FAFSA, including additional videos on their YouTube page. And if you have a question while you’re filling out the FAFSA, be sure and check out their F.A.Q. page. Another helpful resource is available in the FAFSA itself. As you are filling out the FAFSA, there’s a helpful ‘search’ bar throughout that gives details on how to complete certain sections. So if you’re having questions while filling out your FAFSA, chances are there’s an answer for you in the application itself!
Purdue students will want to file their FAFSA by March 1st to meet Purdue’s priority filing deadline. Incoming freshmen to Purdue who filed their FAFSA by this date or “on-time” can expect to receive their financial aid award mid-March and continuing students at Purdue who filed on-time can expect to receive their financial aid award mid-June. Feeling anxious? You can also check out the CollegeBoard Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of the aid you might be eligible for at Purdue.
The Division of Financial Aid has also created a step-by-step guide on How to Apply for Financial Aid checklist on their website that you may find helpful.