The information below is designed to help you answer common questions about how scholarships are awarded, renewed, rescinded, reinstated, and more.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.
All IU scholarships will be selected and awarded by March 15. Following March 15, all incoming students will know if they have received a scholarship from IU Bloomington and should base their enrollment decisions on the financial aid and scholarships they have already received. This includes all General Scholarship Application scholarships and other departmental scholarships across the IU Bloomington campus, unless mentioned otherwise.
Use the Scholarships task in One.IU to explore scholarships that might apply to you. In the Scholarships task, you'll complete the General Scholarship 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 housing and food only), it cannot be combined with any other scholarship that covers only those expenses.
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.
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.
IU Academic Scholarship (and some other OEM Renewable Scholarships - contact email@example.com to confirm eligibility) recipients may take time away from Indiana University Bloomington for up to two standard academic semesters (fall/spring) and maintain scholarship eligibility at the time of their return.
To pursue this option, you must have maintained your scholarship's renewal GPA and full-time requirements prior to taking your leave of absence. Students cannot enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) at any other institution, including other Indiana University campuses, during their leave of absence.
Scholarship Rescindment means that IU has revoked the scholarship in question. 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.
Scholarship Renewal FAQs
For the purposes of receiving and renewing scholarships, full-time enrollment is 12 or more degree-seeking credit hours.
Generally speaking, the Office of Scholarships always recommends students submit their FAFSA regardless of it is required or not for renewal purposes. As each scholarship differs on the requirements for renewal, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
There are a few things you can do:
Take summer classes: Take one or more classes online or in person on any of the IU campuses during the summer to try to raise your GPA.The Office of Scholarships will take applicable summer course work into consideration when reviewing a student's cumulative program GPA.
Do a summer overseas study program(s): 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.
Keeping working on raising your GPA throughout the following academic year: If your GPA is raised to meet this requirement, you could be eligible for scholarship reinstatement given you meet all other renewal requirements as well. Please note that the Office of Scholarships does not offer mid-year review or reinstatement. Scholarships can only be reinstated prior to the beginning of each academic year.
You should work closely with your academic advisor to select appropriate courses that will positively affect your cumulative program GPA. If you plan to retake a course for reinstatement of your scholarship(s), please confirm with your academic advisor how it will interact with 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 meet the GPA requirement for your scholarship(s). Exceptions cannot be made if you complete coursework that does not raise your cumulative program GPA to meet your scholarship(s)'s GPA requirement.
You should take courses that positively affect your cumulative program GPA. You will need to work closely with your academic advisor to select these appropriate courses. 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.
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.
Yes, we have established an appeal process for students who feel not meeting the renewal requirements is a direct result of circumstances out of their control. If you feel that this may apply to you, please complete contact the Office of Scholarships at email@example.com for additional information and next steps.
Please include in your email:
Your UID number
Your full legal name
Indication of which renewal requirement(s) you did not meet.
Please note that any sensitive personal information like a social security number (SSN) or bank account information should not be included.
Viewing Scholarships and Financial Aid FAQs
You can view scholarships and other types of financial aid awarded and/or offered to you in your Financial Aid summary. This summary can be accessed through following the instructions below:
Once logged in, you will want to search “Financial Aid” in the search bar.
Once you hit enter, you will want to find the “View/Manage my Financial Aid Information” task and open that task.
You will arrive at your Financial Information section in your Student Center and will automatically be directed to your Financial Aid Summary tab.
The “Financial Aid Summary” reviews financial estimates from the Student Central Department. It breaks down your financial information such as your Excepted Family Contribution, Estimated Need, Total Aid (scholarships, loans, grants, etc.), and Remaining Need.
The View Financial Aid section focuses specifically on the total amount in the "Total Aid" box of your Financial Aid summary. The total amount is first broken down into semester amounts, and then by each financial aid source (scholarship, loan, grant, work-study, etc.) you have been awarded and/or offered for the academic year. Each financial aid source's line will include the following information:
Amount Offered - amount offered per academic year by semester amount
Amount Accepted - amount accepted per academic year by semester amount
Amount Disbursed - amount actually disbursed to the student's Bursar bill(s) per academic year by semester amount
Excepted Disbursement Date - the date students can except to have their financial aid (scholarships, loans, etc.) disbursed to their semester Bursar bill
External scholarships are managed by the Student Central Department. Please see the Student Central website for instructions on awarded external scholarships under their "What to do if you have an external scholarship" section.
External scholarships are managed by the Student Central Department. Please see the Student Central website for accurate, up-to-date instructions for sending external scholarship funds.
Steps for mailing external scholarship funds:
Ensure the check is payable to Indiana University.
Indiana University - Office of the Bursar P.O. Box 6448 Bloomington, IN 47407
If your scholarship has not arrived by your bill due date, contact Student Central as soon as possible to discuss payment options.
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. You can visit Student Central's Manage Your Financial Aid: Paying for College page for more information and explanation on how financial aid is applied to a student's Bursar bill (includes information on Financial Aid Refunds).
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.
The IU Pathways Scholarship Program allows students who are graduating early to apply any remaining semesters of their scholarship towards a graduate program on the Bloomington campus (graduate programs at other IU campuses are not eligible for this program).
The IU Pathways Scholarship Program is only available to students enrolling in full-time graduate coursework immediately following the completion of the undergraduate degree. The student must meet all criteria listed below to be considered for this program:
Be a recipient of at least one of these eligible scholarships (could be multiple, if applicable):
Global Engagement Scholarship
Distinguished Scholar Award
Office of Enrollment Management Scholarship
Be actively admitted to or enrolled in an Indiana University Bloomington graduate program.
Have maintained the scholarship(s)'s cumulative program GPA requirement by the end of their undergraduate degree.
Enrolled in full-time graduate coursework (minimum of eight credit hours).
If you are unsure if you meet the criteria for this program, please reach out to the Office of Scholarship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recipients of a Provost's, Dean's, or Global Engagement Scholarship, or a Distinguished Scholar Award can use their scholarship funds towards summer classes if they meet the following criteria and submit an official Summer Awarding Request:
Must be a recipient of one of the eligible scholarships mentioned above.
Must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate coursework for the summer term the request is for.
Have maintained the GPA requirement specific to the eligible scholarship (i.e., the Provost's Scholarship - minimum of a 3.0 cumulative program GPA).
If the student meets all requirements, they can submit their official request to which the Office of Scholarships will review and respond to.
Please note that all other OEM scholarships are not available for use during summer semesters
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.
Students must be enrolled full-time for their scholarship funds to be disbursed to their account. 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.