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The FAFSA

We encourage all families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov by December 1, our recommended FAFSA filing date. The Butler FAFSA deadline is March 1. 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. List our school code on your FAFSA: 001788.

FSA ID

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) here
  • 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.

Completing the FAFSA

Submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov 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 2018, complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA using your 2016 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 October 1, 2017.
  • New this year - the 2016 income and tax fields will not show when transferred from the IRS using the Data Retrieval Tool. Please rest assured, the correct information will be received by us. 
  • If  the 2016 federal tax return cannot be completed prior to October 15th for tax extension filers, please complete with your best estimates.
  • Print off the confirmation page and retain for your records.

For additional information on filing the 18-19 FAFSA  watch the following video courtesy of UC Santa Barbara. 

FAFSA Filing Tips

  • Submit the FAFSA online by March 1 each year to receive priority consideration of all aid programs.
  • New incoming students for Fall 2018 may submit the 2018-2019 FAFSA by December 1 in order to receive a financial aid notification starting mid-January.
  • 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.
  • Male students must register with the Selective Service to be eligible for aid.  This can be done through the FAFSA by checking "Register me."
  • 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.

Verification

The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects some FAFSAs for verification to ensure accuracy in completing the financial aid application.  

If you were selected for verification, please follow the instructions below:

          2017-2018 Dependent Student Verification Instructions

          2017-2018 Independent Student Verification Instructions  

          2018-2019 Dependent Student Verification Instructions

          2018-2019 Independent Student Verification Instructions

Please email your scanned documents to the Office of Financial Aid at financialaiddocs@butler.edu. An official offer of financial aid cannot be made until all required documents are submitted to the Butler University Office of Financial Aid.