Financial aid can be pretty complicated, especially if you are the first in your family to attend college. Whether you are an incoming freshman, transfer, or graduate student, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the whole process here at ISU. Remember, every school's process is a little different.
To be considered for financial aid at Illinois State, you must file a FAFSA each year. The 2019-2020 school year's FAFSA is available October 2018. See the below chart for further guidance:
|If you plan to attend college from||You can submit the FAFSA from||Using tax information from|
|July 1, 2016 - June 30th, 2017||July 1, 2016 - June 30th, 2017||2015|
|July 1, 2017 - June 30th, 2018||October 1, 2016 - June 30th, 2018||2015|
|July 1, 2018 - June 30th, 2019||October 1, 2017- June 30th, 2019||2016|
|July 1, 2019 - June 30th, 2020||October 1, 2018- June 30th, 2020||2017|
For mid-school year transfers, be sure to add us to your existing FAFSA! School code: 001692
Need assistance? The federal government has a step-by-step guide available online, as well as representatives available via phone and live chat.
After your FAFSA is processed, the federal government will send you a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) via email. Please review your SAR to make sure the information reported on the FAFSA is correct.
After you submit your application for financial aid, our office may need additional documents to complete your application. If there are outstanding documents needed by our office, we will not post an award notice online until the documents are submitted and reviewed. To see if you have outstanding documents with our office, check your To-Do List. Incoming students can check their status in the Admissions portal. Continuing student can check their status at My.IllinoisState.edu. Once your award notice is prepared, it will be posted in your Student Service Center.
Students may access financial aid information for the 2014-2015 academic year on My.IllinoisState.edu.
Once we receive your FAFSA information and any additional information we request from you, we will calculate your aid eligibility and determine your award. Your award notice will list the type of aid you can receive and the amount per semester. Your award notice will be available electronically on your student portal, My.IllinoisState.edu. If you would like a paper copy of the award notice, you have the option to print your award notice from this portal.
First-time student borrowers at Illinois State University must complete Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note.
If you have submitted all of the necessary paperwork, you will receive an email in early-May when your award notice is complete. This email is to tell you to check your My.IllinoisState.edu portal to view your notice electronically. You may print a paper copy from the portal. If you are trying to view Financial Aid information for the Fall 2014, Spring 2015, or Summer 2015 semesters, please use My.IllinoisState.edu. Remember, if your parent would like the PLUS loan again, be sure to have your parent complete a new application.
Once you review your award notice, we recommend determining if you need additional funding to cover the bill. Not sure what your bill will be? Check out our Cost of Attendance to give you an idea.
In July, our Student Accounts Office will generate a bill for you. On your bill, you will see a list of your charges (billable items like tuition, meal plan, housing) and a list of your credits (grants, scholarships, loans). If your charges exceed your credits, you will have a leftover balance that will need to be paid. If your credits exceed your charges, you will receive a refund check.
Although your Financial Aid may be complete, be sure to fully complete the enrollment process with the Admissions Office.