Nontraditional Student Scholarship Opportunities

Every student has a different educational journey. If your path was a nontraditional one, unique to you, please review these scholarship opportunities that may be available to you.


The Cox Access Scholars Program 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 earn a scholarship for 100% of the total cost of attendance, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance, and must complete 8-10 hours per week of campus programming throughout the academic year. Please note this is a highly competitive award with only one or two new recipients chosen each year.

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.

*Please note: NCAA athletes are not eligible for the Cox Scholarships.

We strongly recommend that you learn more about the Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Scholars Program before applying.


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 the five scholarships below available:

  • Bloomington Business and Professional Women’s Organization
  • Ford P. Hall Scholarship
  • Myron and Babs Forman Scholarship Fund
  • Osher Reentry Scholarship
  • Returning Student Services Fund

To fill out the application to be eligible for any of these five scholarships, please follow the following steps:


  1. Log into One.IU using your IU computing account. Enter the keyword "scholarships" in the search bar.
  2. Click on the "Scholarships" icon, a dollar sign ($) with a graduation cap.Scholarships Icon
  3. Click “Sign In With Your Network ID.” You may be prompted to sign in using your IU credentials.
  4. 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.
  5. Once your submit the General Application, click on the “Other Recommended Opportunities,” search for the keywords "Students in Transition," and click on "IUB-Students in Transition Scholarships". The deadline to submit the application is August 1, 2019.


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.

PEO Scholarships
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 .