The information below is designed to help you answer common questions about how scholarships are awarded, renewed, rescinded, reinstated, and more. If you need additional assistance or information about your specific scholarship, please contact us any time.
Students can access the financial aid and scholarship summary at any time through One.IU. Search for and select ‘Student Center,’ scroll to the Finances section, and choose ‘View Financial Aid.’
For the purposes of receiving scholarships, full-time enrollment is 12 or more degree-seeking credit hours.
Use the Scholarships task in One.IU to explore scholarships that might apply to you. In the Scholarships task, you'll complete the General Application (used to match you with scholarships from IU, the IU Foundation, and the IU Alumni Association). We recommend that you complete the General Application between September 1 and March 10 each year. After you're finished:
Complete any additional applications listed under Other Recommended Opportunities.
Watch your IU email. If you qualify for any of these opportunities, you'll be notified no later than the first week of June.
Students can receive multiple scholarships from Indiana University Bloomington and external sources. If a scholarship stipulates that it can only be applied toward a specific type of expense (such as tuition and fees only or room and board only), it cannot be combined with any other scholarship that covers only those expenses.
If your scholarships, grants, or fee remissions come from IU, they will be reduced to equal your official cost of attendance. If your financial aid comes from an external source, you will still receive it.
About 10 days before classes start, your scholarship(s) are applied to your Bursar bill—which contains all expenses billed to you through the university. Funds restricted to a specific type of expense (such as tuition or room and board only) will be applied first. Then, one of two things will happen:
If the total amount of scholarships and financial aid applied is less than your total Bursar bill, you will be responsible for paying the remaining balance.
If the total amount of scholarships and financial aid applied is more than your total Bursar bill, the remaining funds will be refunded to you in the form of a mailed check (or directly deposited, if you’ve set that up).
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 scholarship offers from outside OEM, the awarding department will exercise discretion regarding the availability of the scholarship for the new enrollment semester.
For scholarships that have a residency stipulation, changes in your residency status may mean that your scholarship will be rescinded. If you anticipate a change in your residency, you may contact the Office of Scholarships at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask how this update will affect your scholarship offers.
Only if you have a Provost’s, Dean’s, or Global Engagement Scholarship, or a Distinguished Scholar Award. In that case, you may apply for the option of using them for summer enrollment. All other OEM scholarships are not available for use during summer semesters.
The IU Pathways Scholarship Program allows recipients of Provost's Scholarships, Dean's Scholarships, Distinguished Scholar Awards, or IU Global Engagement Scholarships who are graduating early to apply remaining semesters toward full-time enrollment in a graduate program at Indiana University Bloomington. This option is only available to students enrolling in full-time graduate coursework immediately following the completion of the undergraduate degree.
It’s possible. If you want to raise your cumulative program GPA by taking summer coursework, you have two options:
Take one or more classes online or in person on any of the IU campuses during the summer to try to raise your GPA. Work closely with your academic advisor to select the appropriate courses to positively affect your cumulative program GPA.
Take coursework through overseas study during the summer to try to raise your GPA. Overseas study coursework must be IU-approved and billed through the IU Bursar in order to qualify for renewal review. Work closely with your academic advisor and the Office of Overseas Study to select the appropriate courses to positively affect your cumulative program GPA. (See “What courses should I choose for reinstatement?”)
The Office of Scholarships and the Office of Student Financial Assistance are not accountable for a student’s decision to take courses that do not raise the cumulative program GPA to 3.0 or above. You should work closely with advisors to select summer courses that will positively affect your cumulative program GPA. Exceptions cannot be made for you if you complete coursework that does not raise your cumulative program GPA to the required threshold of 3.0 or above.
*Please note: Indiana County Fee Remission recipients and MacDonald Scholars are not eligible for reinstatement if they do not meet the renewal requirements stipulated within the scholarship notification letter.
To reiterate earlier information:
Work closely with your academic advisor to select the appropriate courses to positively affect your cumulative program GPA.
The Office of Scholarships and the Office of Student Financial Assistance are not accountable for a student’s decision to take courses that do not raise the cumulative program GPA to 3.0 or above.
Also, please note that each academic unit has their own policy for how the Extended-X Policy factors into the calculation of the cumulative program GPA. If you plan to retake a course over the summer for reinstatement of your scholarship(s), please confirm with your academic advisor how it will interact with your cumulative program GPA.
While continuous full-time enrollment at Indiana University Bloomington is encouraged, OEM Renewable 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.
OEM Scholarships can be applied toward full-time enrollment in a study abroad program that meets the following conditions:
Full-time (12 or more credit hours) enrollment, registered through Indiana University Bloomington.
Billed through Indiana University Bloomington.
We recommend contacting the Office of Overseas Study to verify if a specific program is compatible with use of OEM Scholarships.
Because students must be enrolled full-time for the disbursement of scholarships, some internship courses act as placeholders so students can continue to receive scholarship funds during an internship. To determine if your scholarship(s) will apply to your internship, please contact Student Central at email@example.com or 812-855-6500.
Rescindment means revoking. If IU rescinds one or more of your scholarships, you can no longer use it.
If you do not complete the required steps to accept an OEM scholarship (as explained in your Financial Award Notice), OEM will rescind the scholarship.
If you are an OEM scholarship recipient who returns to IU Bloomington after taking 12 or more credit hours at another institution (including other IU campuses), OEM will rescind the scholarship. (See “What if I take time away from IU Bloomington?”)
If you withdraw from IU and do not follow the guidelines listed under “What if I take time away from IU Bloomington?”, OEM scholarships are subject to rescindment.
The Office of Scholarships will not cancel a disbursed OEM scholarship unless you:
Withdraw from IU within the first week of classes,
Are granted Bursar appeal approval, or
Are otherwise determined to not meet the terms of the OEM scholarship.
If you withdraw from IU within the first week of classes, that semester will not count as a semester of use for OEM scholarships.
External scholarships are handled through the Office of the Bursar. These scholarships are often distributed to the student in the form of a check made out to the university, and can be dropped off or mailed directly to:
Office of the Bursar Indiana University Poplars Building 400 E. 7th Street Bloomington, IN 47405
See the Student Central website for more information—Look for “What to know if you have an external scholarship.”
Yes, as long as you can document circumstances outside of your control in order to be eligible for review. The Office of Scholarships reserves the right to exercise discretion when granting exceptions to policy.
An Office of Scholarships committee will review your case and make a determination within 2–3 weeks.
Scholarships may have tax implications depending on your unique financial situation. You are encouraged to think about the potential implications of your scholarship(s) before the start of each year in order to make sound financial and record-keeping decisions. University Tax Services is an excellent resource for you to learn more about scholarships and taxes.