Cash for College campaign encourages youth to file FAFSA by April 15

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has launched its annual statewide Cash for College campaign to encourage high school seniors and college students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the state’s April 15 deadline.

The Commission is committed to increasing the number of Hoosier students who file the FAFSA on time—a requirement to receive state financial aid. Last year, the Commission moved Indiana’s filing deadline from March 10 to April 15 to give students more time to file. About 4 percent more students have applied for the FAFSA this year compared to the same time last year.

Members of the Commission will host a Cash for College launch event at Southport High School in Indianapolis. Junior 21st Century Scholars at Southport will receive help searching for scholarships and three students will receive $100 CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plans.

Learn More Indiana offers a variety of helpful tips and resources for K-12 students, current college students and returning adult students, including the Indiana College Costs Estimator. Available online at IndianaCollegeCosts.org, the free tool offers side-by-side cost comparisons that show how much students should expect to pay out-of-pocket at each Indiana college once various sources of financial aid are applied, as well as details on local scholarship opportunities.