Filing the FAFSA

We encourage all families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal formula takes into account several factors, and many families mistakenly self-select themselves out of the financial aid process and miss the opportunity to explore all aid programs available. Butler’s FAFSA school code is 001788.

2024–2025 FAFSA Updates

Update as of April 26, 2024: 

The majority of financial aid packages have been sent to admitted students with an actionable FAFSA on file. You can see yours at – Student Financial Planning tool.  If you have not yet received a package, will indicate if there is additional documentation needed. Be sure to review your email for updated information from the US Department of Education and Butler for additional information on FAFSAs that are delayed. Students who are ready to commit to Butler are encouraged to deposit before May 1 so they can begin the housing and course registration processes.

The 2024–2025 FAFSA is available as of January 2024. Known issues with the form are documented on the Federal Student Aid website.

Update as of March 14, 2024
While our previous communications indicated that we expected to receive FAFSA results beginning mid-March, it is now apparent that the ramp-up to processing all submitted FAFSAs will be more gradual. The U.S. Department of Education began beta testing just last week, and plans to gather feedback before files are distributed to all colleges and universities. Butler University has not yet received student FAFSA information. 

Given the FAFSA delays, we will work with families who need extended time to make the enrollment decision. While May 1 remains our enrollment deposit deadline, Butler will accept deposits after May 1 and offer a refund of the enrollment deposit through June 1.

Update as of February 6, 2024
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the release of FAFSA applicant data to colleges will be further delayed to mid-March 2024. 

As soon as we are able to access the data, we will work quickly to extend financial aid offers. We now anticipate Butler offers will be sent to new students within 3–4 weeks of our office receiving the data.

As a result, we have extending our Priority FAFSA Filing Deadline to April 15, 2024. This will provide your family with additional flexibility to make any needed corrections or work through potential FAFSA completion issues. 

We will alert you when we’ve received your FAFSA. Institutions will not begin receiving FAFSA information until mid-March at the earliest, and even then, information will be sent to us in batches. We will email and text you to let you know when we receive your FAFSA. Plus, you can now check your student status page for real time updates.

We will offer flexibility with our enrollment deposit policies. Butler will continue to accept enrollment deposits after May 1, 2024, and will be generous in refunding deposits after that date.

Butler’s FAFSA Deadlines

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2024–2025 FAFSA Changes

If you have filed the FAFSA in prior years, you’ll notice the FAFSA looks a little different for the 2024–2025 year. Below are a list of key changes and some frequently asked questions about the updated FAFSA.