Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers announced Thursday that the state’s previous March 10 financial aid filing deadline would be extended to April 15 this year.

Lubbers said in a press release that the change comes as a response to recent issues with a "federal data retrieval tool" that complicated the process for those attempting to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Hoosiers who missed last Friday’s deadline to complete the FAFSA and qualify for financial aid that makes college more affordable,” Lubbers said in a press release. “All prospective college students — whether they’re a high school senior, a current college student or a returning adult — should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.”

FAFSA-related questions can be answered via phone at 1-888-528-4719, email (awards@che.in.gov), Twitter (twitter.com/learnmorein), Facebook (facebook.com/learnmorein) or online at LearnMoreIndiana.org/cost.

FAFSA information is used to determine eligibility for state and federal financial aid, and colleges use information from the application to determine their scholarship awards.

Students can file FAFSA online and will need the following: 

  • Social security number
  • 2015 federal income tax returns, W-2s and other records of money earned
  • FSA ID to sign electronically.