Dates to Know

Timing is everything

If you're a high school senior, get to know these important dates. Print them out, bookmark them—maybe do both. We don’t want you to miss a single deadline in the scholarship process, especially November 1.

All students who apply by the November 1 early action (non-binding) deadline for fall 2022 will receive highest scholarship consideration, regardless of whether they choose to have test scores considered as part of their application.

Important dates

August 1

First day to apply for admission and scholarships. Freshman applicants may use the Apply IU Application or the Common Application.

October 1

First day to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many scholarship and financial aid options require you to have a FAFSA on file.

November 1

Early action (non-binding) admission and scholarship deadline. To be considered for IU Academic Scholarships and for the Selective Scholarship Application (SSA), you must submit a complete application for admission by November 1.


IU Academic Scholarship notifications begin. Recipients of IU Academic Scholarships will be notified via email and with a letter in the mail between mid-December and the first week of February. 

January 15

Deadline to submit new or updated test scores for additional scholarship consideration. Students who meet the November 1 deadline and wish to have new or updated test scores considered will have until January 15 to confirm their preference and self-report their test scores. Students could be considered for additional scholarships at IU Bloomington, including potential SSA assignment, direct admission review, and other departmental scholarships.

February 1

Deadline to submit the SSA—including recommendation letters. If you were invited to complete the SSA, February 1 is the deadline for IU to receive all your SSA materials, including letters from your two recommenders.

April 15

Priority deadline to file your FAFSA. Many scholarship and financial aid options require you to have a FAFSA on file, so we recommend completing yours as soon as possible.

May 1

Deadline to reserve your space at IU. If you are starting at IU in fall, you must declare your intent to enroll by May 1. Your non-refundable $100 deposit will be credited toward your first-semester tuition expenses.

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