FAFSA must be filed by Dec. 1 to meet priority date for spring semester aid
KOKOMO, Ind. – Dec. 1 is a very important date for anyone planning to start classes at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region in January. It’s the date students and families must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, for spring semester, which begins Jan. 11.
“We are encouraging students and admitted students planning to attend Ivy Tech this spring to come in as soon as possible to complete all the paperwork for financial aid,” said Angie Martin, director of financial aid for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or an adult coming back to school, you need to meet the Dec. 1 priority date to assure your financial aid is in place when classes begin.”
Martin continued, “While financial aid applications filed after Dec. 1 will be accepted, the Financial Aid office will process those forms filed by the priority date so awarded financial aid will be available when spring semester classes begin. Applications filed after Dec. 1 may not be processed by Jan. 11, meaning students will have to make other arrangements to cover costs before being reimbursed later in the semester.”
All students seeking federal and state grants, loans and scholarships, as well as other financial awards, must complete the FAFSA form. Information required to file the FAFSA includes dates of birth and Social Security numbers for applicant and parents, household income and tax filing status (i.e., head of household, single, married). Parent information is required for all students under age 24 unless married or with legal dependents; parents of such students also can come in to an Ivy Tech office and file on behalf of their student.
To provide help in this process, the Kokomo Campus offers the Express Enrollment Center in the main building at 1815 E. Morgan St., which is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Students also may come to campuses and instructional sites at Logansport, Peru, Rochester and Wabash.
For more information, please call 765-459-0561 in Kokomo, 574-753-5101 in Logansport, 765- 473-7281 in Peru, 574-223-3228 in Rochester and 260-563-8828 in Wabash.