How to Apply

Step 1

Locate your FSA ID or obtain one from the U.S. Department of Education.

You will need to set up an FSA ID to use financial aid websites managed by the U.S. Department of Education. You will need to create a username and password to confirm your identity when accessing your personal financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.

Also, if you are required to report your parent on the FAFSA they too should obtain an FSA ID.

Step 2

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the federal government’s official FAFSA website.

The FAFSA can be filed beginning Oct. 1 but must be received by the federal processor on or before March 10 for students to receive priority consideration for all grants and loans.

Step 3

Receive your Student Aid Report.

If you provided an email address on the FAFSA, you will receive an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR). Otherwise, you will receive one in the mail.

Carefully review your SAR, and make any necessary corrections.

Step 4

Respond immediately to any additional information requests from our office or the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE).

Carefully review all special messages online and complete any outstanding requirements that are indicated.

Step 5

Receive an award notification email from Ball State.

Carefully review all special messages online, and complete any outstanding requirements that are indicated.

Step 6

Receive an award notification from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (if you are an Indiana resident).

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education will email you to let you know whether you will receive a state award.

Make sure Ball State is listed as your school choice. If not, make the correction of your college choice.

Step 7

Accept your loan offer.

If you choose to receive a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, you must accept your loan offer at MyBSU.

If you are a first-time borrower in the Direct Loan Program, you must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN).

How to Access and Manage Your Award

  1. Open a browser window.
  2. Navigate to MyBSU.
  3. You should arrive at a Secure Access Login page. Enter your Ball State username and password.
  4. You will open a welcome page after you log in. If you are unable to log in because you do not know your username or password or you need assistance, please contact the HelpDesk at 765-285-1517.
  5. Select the “SSB – Self Service Banner” link. This will take you into a secure site that will allow you to access your information.
  6. You should see in large letters “Welcome.” Below that you will see menus for “Personal Information” and “Student and Financial Aid.” You might have other options as well.
  7. Select the “Financial Aid” menu.

  1. From the “Financial Aid” menu, select the option labeled “Award.”
  2. A submenu will display. Select the link for “Award for Aid Year.”
  3. If you have not selected an aid year yet for this web session, you will be asked to choose an aid year.
  4. If you have not yet accepted the “Terms and Conditions for Financial Aid,” you will need to do that. This can be accomplished by selecting the “Terms and Conditions” tab across the top of the screen. Review the “Terms and Conditions,” and if you agree, click “Accept.”
  5. Once you have accepted “Terms and Conditions,” you can review your award on the “Accept Award Offer” tab.
  6. If you still have outstanding requirements that affect your eligibility for aid (such as tax transcripts, verification documents, etc.), your award will be “estimated” and you will not be able to accept the aid at this time, but you can review your tentative award.
  7. If your documents have all been submitted and reviewed, your award will be presented to you with the option to “Accept,” “Accept Partial Amounts,” or “Decline.” Some awards, such as scholarships and grants, are automatically accepted for you.

  1. From the “Financial Aid” menu, select the option labeled “Eligibility.”
  2. The page that is displayed will show you any “Satisfied” and “Unsatisfied Requirements.” For each “Unsatisfied Requirement,” each item is a link that you can click on to either download the necessary form or be taken to the page that will help you satisfy that requirement. Verification requirements also apply to the Fees Assistance Grant and the Ball State Grant. Ball State’s deadline for completing verification to receive campus-based aid is Oct. 1. Failure to respond to requests for verification or additional information requests will jeopardize your current and future receipt of financial assistance.

Summer Financial Aid

Financial aid for summer classes is available for many students, although this may only be in the form of loans. Most grant and scholarship money is exhausted in the fall and spring semesters.
You must register for summer classes before the type and amount of aid you are eligible to receive can be determined.

Learn more about applying for summer financial aid.