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We encourage all families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at by 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.


View the Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA from our friends as University of California, Santa Barbara:




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

  • Effective May 10, 2015, the FSA ID replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN
  • Create a New FSA ID (username and password) here. Having the previously used PIN will allow you to immediately use the newly created FSA ID.
  • 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 by March 1 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 attending Fall 2016, complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA using your 2015 W2s and federal tax returns for the student and parents.
  • The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2016. For students attending Fall 2017, complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA using your 2015 W2s and federal tax returns. 
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, if eligible (two weeks have passed since your electronic IRS filing).
  • If federal taxes cannot be completed prior to March 1, please complete with your best estimates.
  • Print off the confirmation page and retain for your records.

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 2017 may submit the 2017-2018 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 March 10 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.


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:

          2016-2017 Dependent Student Verification Instructions

          2016-2017 Independent Student Verification Instructions

If you were selected for verification and filed a tax extension for 2015, please follow:

          2016-2017 Verification Instructions for Extension Filers 

For guidance on completing the IRS Data Retrieval tool, as mentioned in the verification instructions above, please view the video below created by our financial aid friends at UC Santa Barbara, University of California.

  • If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, you may request your transcript from the IRS online.
  • An official offer of financial aid cannot be made until all required documents are submitted to the Butler University Office of Financial Aid.

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