Whatever your journey, we’re here to guide you in finding support for your IU education. See the options listed below for scholarship opportunities that might be the right fit for you. We also encourage you to reach out to local or field-specific organizations that provide funding for nontraditional students.
Finding support that’s right for you
Scholarships for nontraditional students:
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The Cox Access Scholarship provides for hard-working, nontraditional, Indiana residents who are academically strong, have demonstrated financial need, have a commitment to employment, and have a cumulative gap of five years or more in their college education. Students selected as Cox Access Scholars engage in eight to ten hours of meaningful work each week with a department, office, or faculty member at IU Bloomington.
Please see the Cox Access Scholarship website for more information.
A scholarship and stipend package that—in conjunction with any other institutional funding a student receives—will total the official cost of attendance at Indiana University Bloomington.
To be eligible for a Cox Access Scholarship, a student must:
- Enter IU classified as an Indiana Resident, with a cumulative gap of five years or more in your college education.
- Be pursuing your first baccalaureate degree.
- Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours upon arrival and throughout your academic career at IU Bloomington.
- Be earning a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher (4.0 scale) at time of admission.
- Demonstrate financial need by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15 for the upcoming academic year.
- Be willing to complete an eight- to ten-hour work commitment each week during your entire enrollment at Indiana University.
Local Scholarship Opportunities
You should check with your employer, along with any civic, religious, or community affiliations you may have, to inquire about possible scholarships. We’ve listed a few possibilities here as well:
BUEA Incentives for Bloomington Residents
The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) offers direct and indirect benefits to those who live within the Enterprise Zone.
IU Credit Union
Available to part-time and full-time IU students who are members of the IU Credit Union.
Indiana Women's Education Foundation
Scholarships for women in a variety of fields of study and life circumstances. Check out their website for more information and the application.
For women who have had a 24 consecutive month gap in their education and are within 24 consecutive months of completing their degree. The application is due at least 10 weeks prior to the start of the semester. For more information and the scholarship application, email Lou Moir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every student has a unique educational path. Non-traditional students often have many interesting and varied stories that contribute to a rich narrative that has brought them to IU Bloomington. With these students in mind, we have scholarships available from the five funds below:
- Bloomington Business and Professional Women’s Organization
- Ford P. Hall Scholarship
- Myron and Babs Forman Scholarship Fund
- Osher Reentry Scholarship
- Returning Student Services Fund
1. Log into One.IU using your IU computing account.
2. Enter the keyword "scholarships" in the search bar.
3. Click on the "Scholarships" icon, a dollar sign ($) with a graduation cap.
4. Click "Sign in With Your Network ID."
5. Complete all questions on the "General Application," then click "Finish and Submit." This should be completed before applying for the Students in Transition scholarships. Please ensure that you answer all questions thoroughly. Incomplete scholarship applications will not be reviewed.
6. Once you submit the General Application, click "Other Recommended Opportunities."
7. In the box labeled "Search by Keyword," enter "Students in Transition."
8. Click "IUB-Students in Transition Scholarships."
9. Complete all questions in the Students in Transition Scholarships application and submit the application.
Students may apply for Students in Transition scholarships from April 1 to July 15 each year.