The college financial aid process can seem pretty complicated. But our office is ready to help you and your family. In fact, you may want to print this page to serve as a checklist as you move through the process.
Please remember: Applying for financial aid is an annual process. The yearly application deadline to receive maximum consideration for undergraduate financial aid is March 10.
If you have more than one family member attending college (for instance, a sister or brother), each person must apply individually.
Steps in the Financial Aid Process
Use these steps as your checklist through the process:
- Locate your FSA ID or obtain one from the U.S. Department of Education. If you are a dependent student, your parent should also obtain an FSA ID. Dependent means your parents claim you on their tax returns. Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We strongly encourage you to file a FAFSA using FAFSA on the Web. However, if you are unable to apply on the Web please contact our office. The FAFSA must be received by the federal processor on or before March 10 for students to receive priority consideration for all grants and loans. (Note: In your FAFSA and other documentation, you will need to provide Ball State's federal code, 001786)
- You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you provided an e-mail address on the FAFSA, you will receive an electronic SAR; otherwise, one will come to you in the mail. Carefully review your SAR and make any necessary corrections.
- Respond immediately to any additional information requests from our office or the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE).
- You will receive an award notification email from Ball State. Carefully review all special messages online and complete any oustanding requirements which are indicated.
- Indiana residents will receive an award notification from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE). Make sure Ball State is listed as your school choice. If not, make the correction on your notification and return it to CHE.
- If you choose to borrow a Stafford Loan, you must accept your loan offer online at my.bsu.edu. Ball State participates in the Federal Direct Loan program. If you are a first time borrower with the Direct Loan program, you must complete an Electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN). An MPN can be completed online.
- If you are a first time borrower in the Direct Loan Program, you must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling. To find out more information about Loan Entrance Counseling or to complete your entrance counseling obligations online, click here.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Lucina Hall, room 245
Muncie, Indiana 47306
7:30 am-4:00 pm (Monday-Friday)
Walk-in counseling hours:
8:00 am-3:30 pm (Monday-Friday)
Phone operator hours:
7:30 am-3:45 pm (Monday-Friday)
Phone: 765-285-5600 or
Fax: 765-285-2173 or