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Financial Aid

Managing your financial aid

Once you complete your FAFSA and get your financial aid notification from IU, it’s up to you to review it and evaluate your options. We can help you take your best next steps.

Tips for evaluating your options

Before you borrow money to pay for school, make sure you understand your total cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing and food, and transportation, and see what your financial aid offer will cover.

Making decisions about student loans

If you’re offered loans as part of your financial aid, you can decide whether you want to accept the full amount, reduce the amount, or decline the loans. If you decide to reduce or decline your loans, be sure to do so before they post to your student account.

Be careful about borrowing

As a general rule, you should avoid borrowing more than you need each academic year. Even if you’re offered a large loan, you don’t have to accept the full amount. Responsible borrowing can make a big difference when it comes to repaying your student loans after you graduate.

Plan for the future and paying back your loans

Keep in mind that federal loans tend to have lower interest rates and better payment plans than private loans, so you may want to consider those over private loans. It’s also best to use loan money only for student expenses—not dinners out, shopping, or activities.

It’s okay to change your mind

If you have second thoughts after accepting your loans, you can cancel or reduce them up to 14 days after they are applied to your student account.

Get help if you need it

Not sure what to do with the loans you’ve been offered? Work with financial aid staff at your IU campus. They can walk you through your options and answer any questions you may have.

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Find out how to keep your aid

Once you have your financial aid, make sure to maintain your required enrollment status. If you change your enrollment (meaning you drop courses or don’t attend class), your aid could be taken away. You will also have to maintain any minimum GPA required in your program, complete your coursework, and finish your degree with a certain number of credit hours.
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File a new FAFSA each year

Be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for financial aid the following academic year.
Learn how to fill out your FAFSA

Questions? We’re here to help.

Have questions about scholarships, grants, or awards? The Admissions office at each IU campus will connect you with someone who can help.

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