Student Financial Assistance
Student Financial Assistance is dedicated to helping University of Southern Indiana students and their families navigate the financial aid process and educating them in making the best use of all resources available to help finance the cost of their education.
- The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently down due to "technical issues." The Department of Ed is currently working with the IRS to resolve the situation. They do not yet have an estimated time frame for when it will be back up; however, you should still complete your FAFSA by using your 2015 tax documents to enter your income information into the FAFSA.
- *NEW Acceptable Tax Documents* Due to the IRS Data Retrieval Outage, the Department of Education is temporarily allowing schools to accept signed personal copies of 2015 Tax Returns in lieu of IRS Tax Return Transcripts for verification purposes, as long as conflicting information does not exist. (posted 6/23/17)
- The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) has eliminated the edit correction deadline for state aid for the 2017-2018 award year.
- FAFSA Changes for 2017-2018 - Beginning October 1, 2016, you may begin completing the 2017-2018 FAFSA. You must use 2015 tax data. Click here for a list of FAQs.
Next Generation Teacher Scholarship - Remember your favorite teacher? The one who made a difference? The one who inspired? If that’s the kind of teacher you aspire to be, Indiana has a new scholarship for you! The State of Indiana will provide 200 scholarships each year to high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education. The Next Generation Teacher scholarship pays $7,500 per year for up to four years to students who commit to teaching in Indiana after graduation. Applications are available November 1 and the deadline for submitting the 2017-2018 application is December 31, 2016. For details visit the Next Generation Teacher Scholarship Web page.
- The 2016-2017 FAFSA is still available!
The 2016-2017 is still available to complete online at fafsa.gov. Although the March 10, state filing deadline has passed, you can still complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for federal aid. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal, state, and University financial aid programs including the Direct (Student) Loan and Direct (Parent) PLUS Loan.
- Check before you drop!
After the first week of the term, be sure to meet with a financial aid counselor before dropping coursework. Your aid could be impacted by dropping a course or courses.
- Know the renewal criteria for each of your awards!
Some grants and scholarships require not only that you are a full-time student, but that you earn a certain number of credit hours each year in order to maintain eligibility.