How to Apply
Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid at Ball State.
Locate your Federal Student Aid ID or obtain one from the U.S. Department of Education
You will need to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to use financial aid websites managed by the U.S. Department of Education. You will need 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.
File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
File a FAFSA using the federal government’s official FAFSA website.
The FAFSA can be filed beginning October 1 but must be received by the federal processor on or before April 15 for students to receive priority consideration for all grants and loans including the Ball State Grant.
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.
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.
Receive an award notification email from Ball State
Carefully review all special messages online at MyBSU, and complete any outstanding requirements that are indicated. Students who have received an award notice may want to review the guide "Understanding Your Award Notice". This helpful guide is prepared by our office to provide further detail about the information in each section of the award notice.
Receive an award notification from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (if you are an Indiana resident)
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education will send an email to inform if 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.
Accept your loan offer
If you are borrowing a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, accept the loan in Self-Service Banner (SSB).
First-time borrowers in the Stafford Loan Program must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at studentaid.gov.