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Office of Financial Aid
Financial Aid

Aid FAQs

what types of scholarships are available?

Merit and talent awards are offered to students who show academic promise through proven high school records or ability within the performing arts or athletics. Among these awards are the Academic Scholarship, Athletic Grant-in-Aid, Jordan College of the Arts Award, and Transfer Scholarships.

when will i find out if i'm receiving a scholarship?

Award notification varies with the type of scholarship. The Academic Scholarship is awarded with the offer of admission, while other merit awards are usually awarded by mid-March.

how do i apply for need-based financial aid?

Butler requires the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be submitted by March 1 each year to receive maximum consideration of all aid. Incoming students may complete the FAFSA between October 1 and December 1 to receive an earlier financial aid notification. Complete the FAFSA at and list our school code: 001788.


what is the FSA ID and when should i get one?

An FSA ID is a username and password that both the student and parent must each use to complete the FAFSA and the Federal loan process. An FSA ID can be created at If you do not have one at the time that you fill out the FAFSA, you will be prompted to apply for one. It is very important that each FSA ID user have a unique email address. 

when will i be notified about my financial aid package?

The Office of Financial Aid sends financial aid notifications beginning in early February to new students (first years and transfers) who have been admitted to the University, submitted the FAFSA, and have completed their financial aid file.

What is the To Do List?

You and your parent will receive an email when there is an item to be completed. Once you have submitted the required document or completed the requested task, the item will be removed from your list. It is important to complete the items as soon as possible. 

is there any way to find out what my family may be expected to pay prior to receiving my aid package?

Yes. The Net Price Calculator is available to give you an estimate of financial aid and what your family's out-of-pocket expenses may be.

my parents don't claim me on their taxes and refuse to contribute to the cost of my education. i want to be considered an "independent" student. what do I need to do?

To be considered an "independent" student for financial aid purposes, you must meet one of the following criteria as defined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • 24 years old
  • obtaining a degree (master's, doctorate) beyond a bachelor's degree
  • married
  • have children who receive more than half of their support from you
  • have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you.
  • an orphan or ward of the court at any time since you turned age 13
  • a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • in rare cases: emancipated minors, legal guardianships and the homeless

If you don't meet any of the above criteria, you are considered a "dependent" student and must provide parent information to determine your eligibility for financial assistance. Simply living separate from your parent(s) without their support does not qualify you as an independent student.

i think it will be a waste of my time to file the fafsa because i make too much money. how much income is "too much" to be considered eligible for need-based aid?

Many families mistakenly self-select themselves out of the financial aid process based on their income or assets. There is not a magic number, as the federal formula takes into account several factors including the cost of attendance at each of the schools you are applying. All families are encouraged to file every year regardless of income. Regardless of need, all families can still take advantage of the Federal Direct Loan Program and financing options.

does butler university require the css profile for incoming students?

No, we do not require it.

do i need to file the fafsa every year?

Yes! File between October 1 and March 1 prior to the start of each academic year to receive maximum consideration of all aid. Our recommended FAFSA filing date for incoming students is December 1.

i want to move off campus but i'm afraid i'll lose some of my financial aid. how much will i lose?

The amount of aid you receive is not affected by your choice of housing unless you are a Lilly Scholar. It is important for you to review the specifics of your awards with the Office of Financial Aid before you make that decision.

what is satisfactory academic progress (sap)?

Federal regulations require that all student financial aid recipients make satisfactory progress toward achieving a certificate or degree. Progress is measured by your cumulative grade point average (GPA), the number of credits earned in relation to those attempted, and the length of your academic program. For more information, visit Satisfactory Academic Progress in the Financial Aid Handbook.

i noticed a number of scholarships in the butler university bulletin. how do i apply for these scholarships?

The scholarships you are referring to in the Butler Bulletin are annual or endowed scholarships. Most are used to underwrite Butler University financial aid programs and cannot be applied for directly. However, by mid–March of each year, each department (college) is notified of any scholarship funds that are available for the following academic year. Departments then identify potential candidates for the scholarships based on the selection criteria of individual scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid works directly with departments to ensure candidates meet individual scholarship criteria. Award letters are then sent to recipients detailing the scholarship requirements. Further inquiries can be directed to individual colleges.


will my federal work study award be credited to my student account?

No. The Federal Work Study Program provides an opportunity for students to work on campus earning money for expenses such as books, transportation, and personal items. Federal Work Study funds are not automatically credited to the student's account. All employed students will receive a paycheck for the hours worked to use as they see fit. All students may seek employment while on campus through the Office of Career and Professional Success

The primary benefit from utilizing the Federal Work Study award is the income from this type of employment (up to the dollars amount paid) is not included as income reported on the subsequent years' FAFSA.