Alternative Financing Program (AFP)

INDATA provides low-interest, extended-term financial loans to qualified individuals through the alternative financing program (AFP). AFP loans are for assistive technology devices including, but not limited to, hearing aids, augmentative communication devices, Braille equipment, computers and environmental control units. As of 2016, our loans can also now be used for accessible vehicles and home modifications.

Who qualifies for this program?

This program is for Indiana residents who have a documented disability and who need assistive technology. If the person with the disability is under 18 years of age, then the legal guardian must complete the application process.

Where is it available?

Through a partnership between Easterseals Crossroads and STAR Financial, AFP loans are available throughout the State of Indiana. Because of this partnership, everyone who needs assistive technology should be able to qualify for a loan.

How do I start? 

Interested individuals may obtain an AFP loan application from the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads by downloading our application or calling 888-466-1314. Individuals must provide disability documentation and understand this process is for a potential loan — not a grant or other type of financial assistance.

Once an AFP loan application is approved, the individual will complete a loan agreement with STAR Financial and arrange for monthly installments to be paid directly to STAR Financial.

INDATA Alternative Financing Program Application

Personal Story

Stacey Oldham was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and needed transportation equipment assistance. Hear her story about how she received a loan through the AFP.

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Additional Resources

Funding for assistive technology may be available through other private or public agencies. We have compiled a list of agencies that may be able to help in purchasing assistive technology. Click here for more information.

Understanding Credit and Loans

The AFP is a low-interest bank loan program that impacts your credit. Check out this video to better understand credit and how it affects you.

Contact Us

Have questions?  Contact Nikol Prieto, community outreach coordinator, at or 317-466-2013.