Indiana University
Bloomington

AVAILABLE TO NONTRADITIONAL RETURNING ADULT STUDENTS

The Cox Access Scholars Program provides for hard-working, non-traditional, 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 earn a scholarship for 75% of the total cost of attendance, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance: 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for a Cox Access Scholarship, a student must be:

  • entering IU classified as an Indiana Resident, with a cumulative gap of five years or more in their college education
  • pursuing his or her first baccalaureate degree
  • a full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours upon arrival and throughout your academic career at IU Bloomington.  Please note: NCAA athletes are not eligible for the Cox Scholarship
  • earning a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher (4.0 scale) at time of admission
  • demonstrating financial need by filing or planning to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) by March 10th for the upcoming academic year
  • Willing to continue to work during their time at Indiana University 

WORK COMPONENT

Cox Access Scholars are responsible for earning a certain amount of money through employment that they find themselves.  This amount is equivalent to 25% of the total cost of attendance, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. 

APPLYING

To apply for the Cox Access Scholars Program, the following steps must be completed by March 10, 2014:

  1. Apply online through OneStart (Under the Financial section, select the IU Foundation Application) beginning on October 1, 2013
  2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Within the Cox Scholarship Application in OneStart, you will use the ‘Essay’ and ‘Cox Scholar Recommendation’ tabs to upload the following required documentation and request recommendation letters: 

  1. Personal Statement (include your name and IUID on uploaded documents)
    Please include a personal statement of no more than 300 words about why you should be selected for a Cox Scholarship.  If you have an interest in a particular Cox Scholar Program, please include it in this Personal Statement.
  2. Resumé (include your name and IUID on uploaded documents)
    This document should include the following: all activities, volunteer involvement, awards and honors, hobbies and interests. In addition, include details of your work history (paid and volunteer).
  3. Documentation of earnings in Calendar Year 2012 (e.g., W2 forms, spreadsheets with work performed and amount paid)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation
    An academic reference from a professor
    A supporting reference from outside of your academics (i.e. employer, volunteer supervisor, non-academic advisor, mentor)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

The Cox Access Scholarship that is awarded to students as incoming freshman is renewable for a total of four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study, not including summer sessions, or until the student earns their first baccalaureate degree.  Cox Access Scholarships that are awarded to current students at Indiana University Bloomington are renewable for a total of three years (six semesters) of undergraduate study), not including summer sessions, or until the student earns their first baccalaureate degree.  If a student chooses to attend another college or university (including an IU campus other than Bloomington), the scholarship is forfeited.  In order to renew their scholarships, Cox Access Scholars must: 

  • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) as a degree-seeking student on the Bloomington campus.  Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment.
  • Maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0 at IU.
  • Complete the work component: Cox Access Scholars are responsible for earning a certain amount of money through employment that they find themselves.  This amount is equivalent to 25% of the total cost of attendance, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
  • Remain a student on the Bloomington campus.  If a student chooses to attend another college or university (including an IU campus other than Bloomington), or withdraw from IU, the scholarship is forfeited.