Scholarship Renewal

Get to know the process

The information on this page is specific to the scholarships awarded by the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM), which includes the Office of Scholarships.

The notification letter for each scholarship is your best resource to determine the specific parameters of your funding, but the FAQs below can help answer some common questions. If you need more information about your specific scholarship, please contact us.

Renewing your scholarship

IU Academic Scholarships—Dean’s, Provost’s, and Global Engagement—and other OEM scholarships will be renewed if you meet the following criteria each semester:

  1. Maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0 at Indiana University. You can check your cumulative program GPA at grades.indiana.edu. Note: Scholarship renewal is based on the cumulative GPA listed under “Program Statistics,” not the one listed under “IU Statistics.”
  2. Remain enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) as a degree-  seeking student on the IU Bloomington campus. Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment. Students in their final semester may receive OEM scholarships for part-time enrollment if they have successfully applied for graduation for that semester.*

Scholarships from IU departments, centers, or schools outside of OEM might have different renewal policies. Contact them to check their guidelines for renewal.

*To check your graduation status any time, log in to Student Center in One.IU. On the left side of the screen, select "My Academics and Grades," and then click "Graduation Status" on the bottom-right side of the screen.

Renewal eligibility

Scholarship renewal eligibility will be reviewed on an annual basis at the end of each spring semester. There is no mid-year review.

If a student does not meet the renewal criteria at the end of the spring semester, scholarships will not be renewed for the following academic year (fall, spring, and summer). If the cumulative program GPA is raised to the required level by the end of the next spring semester, scholarships will be reinstated by early July for the following academic year. Students who raise their cumulative program GPA to a 3.0 or higher prior to the start of the fall semester will be automatically reassessed. If a scholarship has not disbursed within the first week of fall enrollment, please contact us.

Please note: 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 the 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).

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