The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the primary application used by all colleges in the United States to determine eligibility for need-based financial aid. Your FAFSA results can be directed to several colleges at once by listing the colleges' codes. The University of Evansville's code for the FAFSA is 001795.
By completing the FAFSA, you will be applying for:
- Federal Aid (including grants, loans, work-study)
- Indiana Grants (if you are an Indiana resident)
- University of Evansville grants (traditional, undergraduate students only)
Aid you receive from the FAFSA will be in addition to UE merit-based awards.
The FAFSA should be completed annually between October 1 and March 1 to apply for aid for the following academic year. Indiana residents need to file by March 10 to ensure consideration for Indiana grants.
Students must be seeking a degree and accepted for admission by UE to be aid-eligible. The types of aid for which you are eligible will vary dramatically based upon several variables: the type of degree you are seeking (traditional bachelor's degree, degree from Center for Adult Education, graduate degree, second bachelor's degree, etc.); your classification as a dependent or independent student; and your enrollment as either a full-time or part-time student. Some FAFSAs are selected by the federal processor for a review called Verification. If your FAFSA is selected for this process, the UE Office of Financial Aid must follow specific regulations to check the accuracy of your FAFSA data.
Notification of your specific aid eligibility comes from the UE Office of Financial Aid in the following timeframe:
- Fall Semester – Admitted students will begin to receive Financial Aid Notification in January.
- Spring Semester – Admitted students will begin to receive Financial Aid Notification in October.
- Returning UE students who have completed required actions will receive email notification of availability of their Financial Aid Award each June for the next academic year.
What is Verification?
Verification is a process mandated by Congress and the U. S. Department of Education to check the accuracy of information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) is responsible for enforcing this regulation and will communicate the steps necessary to comply with this process.
Each year, approximately one-third of all FAFSAs are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education Central Processing System (CPS). UE may also select to verify FAFSAs when it appears data discrepancies may exist. The OFA will submit any FAFSA corrections needed. In order to finalize student’s financial aid, the required information must be submitted.
At UE, incoming freshmen and new transfer students will be offered their financial aid award even if the FAFSA must be verified; however, no federal, state, or UE need-based grants will be released until this process has been completed. If your FAFSA is selected for verification after an original Financial Aid Notification has been sent, required information must be collected and students will be notified if their financial aid changes.
Returning UE students selected for verification must complete the process before any aid eligibility can be determined for federal, state, and/or need-based University funds. Once verification is completed, student’s financial aid notification will be processed.