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.

FAFSA Changes

The 2024–2025 FAFSA will be available to file starting in December and has been condensed from over 100 questions to 50. These changes will make the FAFSA form easier to file and will allow for a smoother transfer of tax information. More information about these changes plus frequently asked questions are listed below.

Please note: even though the FAFSA is opening later this year, it’s still important to apply by our November 1 Early Action deadline for best scholarship consideration.

Butler’s FAFSA Deadlines

December: Butler’s Recommended FAFSA filing period
The FAFSA for 2024–2025 will open in December 2023.
March 1: Priority FAFSA deadline

March 1: Priority FAFSA deadline

November 1: Priority application completion and FAFSA deadline

Transfer students entering spring 2024 file the 2023-2024 FAFSA.

March 1: Complete the FAFSA by this date each academic year

More Information

The FSA ID must be created to access the Federal Student Aid’s online system and electronically sign the FAFSA.

  • Create a New FSA ID (username and password).
  • One parent of a dependent student is required to the sign the FAFSA using the FSA ID. The student and parent must have unique email addresses when creating a new FSA ID.

Submit the FAFSA online by the March 1 priority deadline for each academic year.

  • Gather identification documents (social security cards, driver’s licenses) for both the student and parents.
  • List Butler University (school code 001788) as a school selection on the FAFSA.
  • For students entering fall 2024, complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA using your 2022 tax information. The recommended method is to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to link your tax information to the FAFSA. The application and tool are available beginning in December.
  • Please note the 2022 income and tax fields will not show when transferred from the IRS using the Data Retrieval Tool. Rest assured, the correct information will be received by us.
  • If  the 2022 federal tax return cannot be completed prior to October 15 for tax extension filers, please complete with your best estimates.
  • Print off the confirmation page and retain for your records.

Incoming Spring 2024 Transfer Students

  • For transfer students entering spring 2024, complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA using your 2021 tax information. The recommended method is to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to link your tax information to the FAFSA.
  • Submit the FAFSA online by March 1 each year to receive priority consideration of all aid programs.
  • New incoming students for Fall 2023 may submit the 2023-2024 FAFSA by December 1 in order to receive a financial aid notification starting March.
  • For Indiana residents, the FAFSA must be received by the Federal Processing Center on or before April 15 and be error-free by May 15 each year in order to be considered for Indiana state grant programs.
  • Use the student’s name as it appears on the social security card. Double check the social security number.
  • Report the value of assets as of the day you complete the FAFSA.
  • Send a separate letter or email to the Office of Financial Aid if you have special circumstances not reflected on the FAFSA.
  • The FAFSA must be completed each year.
2023-2024 Verification Instructions
  • Log into
  • Select Student Financial Planning under Academic Tools.
  • Review any red numbered notification badges in the navigation header.
  • Also, click on the HOME  link in the header and carefully review all Pending items in red.

Grant Parent Access*

For the Verification Worksheet Dependent, the student and a parent on the FAFSA are required to electronically sign the worksheet.

  • Click on the small triangle to the far top right in the header.
  • Select Profile.
  • Under Manage Proxy Access, click on the person + image.
  • Enter your parent’s email. Please note: It is case sensitive, so we recommend using all lower case letters.
  • Click on the save icon to the right.

For parent access to Student Financial Planning:

  • Navigate to
  • The screen will say Welcome to the Student Portal Login 
  • The Username will be the parent email used from the Granting Parent Access process
  • The Password will be the student’s Butler ID number (the first 9 digits). Once logged in, the parent will be prompted to create a new password. This new password will be the one they use for future use. 

*Independent students who do not report parent information on the FAFSA may skip this step.

** Current students who may have to complete verification again this year, will not have to set up new parent access again.

Complete the Verification Worksheet 

The student or parent with access may complete these steps.

  • Click on the DOCUMENTS  link in the header.
  • Select the upload icon to the right of the Verification Worksheet.
  • Review and complete all fillable fields and answer all questions.
    • Be sure to add a row for each person in your household. This includes parents and siblings. The number of rows should match the number in the household populated on the Verification Worksheet from the FAFSA.
    • Student considering Butler University must list Butler University as college (even if undecided)
  • Enter the Student ID and Student Last Name/Parent Last Name at the bottom of the form.
  • Click I Accept.
  • Select Sign & Finish.

Since a signature is required for both the student and parent, the opposite party not completing the form will also have to log in to Sign & Finish the worksheet before successfully submitting.

Upload Documents

If you have documents that need to be uploaded (such as tax forms), please follow these steps:

  • Click on the DOCUMENTS  link in the header.
  • Select the upload icon to the right of each listed item.
  • Click Choose a File at the top right and select your document.
  • Review and complete any fillable fields.
  • Click on the icon located under the Upload header at the top.
  • Tax returns must be signed and dated in ink before uploading.

Successfully uploaded documents will show in the Document History under DOCUMENTS as Received. The status will change to Acceptable once approved or Unacceptable if rejected. The status will change to Acceptable once approved or Unacceptable  if it did not meet the document requirements. Check back regularly to monitor your progress.

Students will need to check the navigation bar in the Student Financial Planning for any additional requests, if needed. Upon receipt of all the required documents, review will begin. Once the verification has been completed the Office of Financial Aid will send you a Financial Aid Notification. In addition you can monitor the status of your financial aid by logging into > Academic Tools > Student Financial Planning.

FAFSA Updates

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. 

The 2024-2025 FAFSA form will be easier to file and the transfer of tax information into the FAFSA will be smoother. The FAFSA was condensed from 100 + questions to 50.
  • Updated Filing Date
    Traditionally the FAFSA is filed in October. The filing date has been moved to December.
  • Determining Aid Eligibility
    The (EFC) Expected Family Contribution has been replaced by the Student Aid Index (SAI). The SAI is a different method of determining aid eligibility. Butler University will use the SAI to determine financial need for need-based institutional aid such as the Butler Grant.
  • Reporting Income
    For students whose parents are separated or divorced, the guidelines on which parent income to report has changed to the parent who provides the most financial support to the student, rather than the parent who lives at the student’s primary residence.
  • Contributors and Consent
    You’ll notice some new terms like contributor and consent. A contributor is anyone that is asked to provide information on the FAFSA. This could include parent or a student’s spouse. Consent is asked of those contributing information to the FAFSA.

It’s always a good idea to obtain an FSA ID prior to filing the FAFSA. All students and parents will need an FSA ID. If parents file their taxes separately, they will  both need an FSA ID. If parents file taxes jointly, then they only need one between the two of them.

You can obtain an FSA ID to file the FAFSA at

“FAFSA® Simplification Act: On Dec. 27, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The law includes provisions that amend the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act and includes the FAFSA Simplification Act—a sweeping redesign of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid. Specifically, the law makes it easier for students and families to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and expands access to federal student aid.”