COVID-19 FAQ

Find answers to common questions about issues related to scholarships and COVID-19.

While we regret that we have had to cancel our events and are unable to meet you in person, we still want to get to know you virtually!

Through the Office of Admissions, you can still take a virtual tour and learn about the student experience—and even join the student section at Assembly Hall in the IU Athletics 360 Experience.

As an admitted student, we invite you and your family to check out our new virtual visits page to learn more about what IU has to offer—without leaving your home.

In addition to getting a glimpse of campus, we recommend connecting with one of our scholarship specialists to discuss scholarship resources or with one of our current Hoosier Scholar Ambassadors to learn more about life as a Hoosier Scholar. Please schedule an appointment below or contact us at scholar@indiana.edu or 812-855-5779.

Congratulations! We are excited to welcome you to campus in the fall. In order to officially accept your OEM scholarship, you must reserve your seat in the freshman class with the Intent to Enroll Form. Please follow the steps to enroll, and if you have any questions contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@indiana.edu or 812-855-0661.

Please note: In response to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, IU Bloomington has extended the deadline to reserve a seat in the incoming freshman class from May 1 to June 1, 2020. This change applies to all first-year freshman seeking enrollment for the fall 2020 term, both domestic and international. We hope this change will provide students with more time to research and carefully consider their options.

If you have questions about how this deadline may affect non-OEM scholarships, please contact us at scholar@indiana.edu or 812-855-5779 for additional information.

Students admitted to Indiana University Bloomington may defer enrollment for up to one year. If a student completes the deferral process by the deadline, eligibility for the Provost’s Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, or Global Engagement Scholarship will carry forward. Once you complete the form and enroll in full-time coursework for the new enrollment semester, your original scholarship offer should appear on your account within 2–3 weeks. For all other scholarship offers, the awarding department will exercise discretion regarding the availability of the scholarship for the new enrollment semester.

While the deadline has passed for many of the 2019–20 and 2020–21 OEM scholarship resources, we recommend checking out our Non-IU Scholarships page, which provides free resources that can connect you to non-IU scholarships. This resource is frequently updated as we find new opportunities from external organizations.

Students and families who have questions related to financial hardships or have seen changes to their individual or family financial status should contact Student Central. Students who have an emergency financial need may be eligible for emergency grant funding.

While continuous full-time enrollment at Indiana University Bloomington is encouraged, OEM scholarship recipients who have already enrolled may take time away from Indiana University Bloomington for up to two consecutive standard academic semesters (fall/spring) and maintain scholarship eligibility at the time of their return. To pursue this option, you must meet all renewal requirements and may not enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) at any other institution, including other Indiana University campuses, during your time away. Students receiving the Indiana County Fee Remission must continuously enroll full-time each semester and may not take time away from Indiana University Bloomington.

Given the impact of COVID-19 and the recent changes to campus grading policy, academic performance for the spring 2020 semester will do no harm to a student’s OEM scholarship renewal eligibility, both for this spring and in future years.

Renewals for the 2020–2021 academic year will be conducted as normal. Additionally, any student whose cumulative program GPA does not meet the requirement for renewal will be granted a one-time exception to renew their OEM-funded scholarship(s) for the 2020–2021 academic year.

For any remaining years of renewal eligibility for OEM-funded scholarships, a student’s spring 2020 performance will continue to be factored into the cumulative program GPA calculation as usual. However, that semester will be excluded from renewal assessment if it negatively impacts a student’s ability to meet the required academic criteria. In these cases, the cumulative program GPA used for renewal review will be recalculated with the exclusion of spring 2020 coursework, and that revised cumulative program GPA will be used for renewal evaluation. Students who continue to perform well academically and meet their OEM scholarship renewal requirements will experience no changes to the existing process.

For OEM administered IU Foundation (IUF) scholarships, the IUF Compliance Committee has determined that due to the spring 2020 pass/fail graduating options enacted because of COVID-19, IUF will interpret GPA renewal donor intent requirements with the goal to do no harm to a student’s OEM administered IUF scholarship.

The renewal process for the 2020–2021 academic year will be conducted as normal for any student whose cumulative program GPA meets the donor intent requirements for renewal.

For any student not meeting the cumulative program GPA donor intent requirements for renewal because of spring 2020 changes to campus grading policy, including pass/fail grading options, an explanation will be submitted to IUF for why the renewal GPA was not met, citing the spring 2020 COVID-19 grading procedures.

Note: This procedure may be repeated annually until all students affected by the COVID-19 grading procedures have graduated or exhausted renewal of their scholarship(s).

You have the option to use your IU Academic Scholarship to fund educational experiences beyond undergraduate fall and spring tuition, room, and board. This includes summer enrollment and graduate coursework at IU Bloomington.
 
For students interested in using their Dean’s, Provost’s, or Global Engagement Scholarship for the summer semester, the summer application process for the 2020–2021 academic year will be conducted as normal. Additionally, any student whose cumulative program GPA does not meet the requirement for summer use will be granted a one-time exception to use their IU Academic Scholarship for the summer 2020 semester, provided they meet all other criteria.
 
If you’re interested in using your scholarship to continue your education, learn more about the Pathways Scholarship Program.