Policies & Renewal

Once a student enrolls at IU with one or more merit scholarships from the Office of Enrollment Management, there are certain criteria that need to be met in order to renew a scholarship:

  • A student must be enrolled full time (12 or more credit hours) each semester as a degree-seeking student on the Bloomington campus. Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment.
  • Provost's or Dean's Scholarships, IU Automatic Academic Scholarships, and IU Global Engagement Scholarships are renewable for a total of four years (eight semesters of total use) at IU Bloomington. Students have the option of applying these scholarships toward full-time fall, spring, and summer enrollment.  While use for eight semesters of fall and spring enrollment is standard, students may complete the applicable form to be reviewed for eligibility to apply these scholarships toward full-time summer coursework.
  • All other scholarships awarded by the Office of Scholarships and Enrollment Management can only be applied toward fall and spring terms.
  • The IU Pathways Scholarship Program allows Provost's, Dean's, or IU Global Engagment Scholarship recipients graduating early to apply remaining semesters toward full-time enrollment in a graduate program at IU Bloomington.  This option is only available to students enrolling in full-time graduate coursework immediately following the completion of the undergraduate degree. 
  • A student must maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0 at IU. 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 chooses to attend another college or university (including an IU campus other than Bloomington), scholarships are forfeited.
  • If a student withdraws from IU, scholarships are forfeited.
  • If a student defers admission to IU for up to one year (due to reasons other than enrolling at another college or university), scholarships may be deferred to the new entry term. Students need to submit a formal deferral request, in writing, to the Office of Admissions.
  • If a student accepts an IU scholarship that covers the full cost of attendance, that scholarship takes the place of all other scholarships. Subsequently, if a student doesn’t meet the renewal criteria for the scholarship that covers the full cost of attendance, or decides not to continue with that scholarship program, that student cannot reclaim other scholarships offered at the time of admission.
  • Students can receive gift aid from Indiana University Bloomington institutional funds (merit scholarships, grants, and fee remissions) totaling no more than the official cost of attendance. Please note that merit scholarship amounts could be reduced to ensure that a student’s individual aid package does not exceed the official cost of attendance for Indiana University Bloomington. External scholarships and entitlements from federal and state funds can be awarded regardless of total aid package.

* 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. Should the cumulative program GPA be raised to the required level during a subsequent spring semester, scholarships will be reinstated at that time for the following academic year. Students who raise their cumulative program GPAs 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 the Office of Scholarships at (812) 855-5779 or achieve@indiana.edu.

Reinstating a Scholarship

A student who has not met the required scholarship renewal criteria at the end of the spring semester and wishes to raise their cumulative program GPA by taking summer coursework has two options for potential scholarship reinstatement.

  • Option One

    A student may take one or more classes online or in person on any of the Indiana University campuses during the summer to attempt to raise their cumulative program GPA. Students interested in taking IU summer coursework should work closely with their academic advisors to select the appropriate courses that will positively affect the cumulative program GPA.  Only online and in-person courses offered directly by Indiana University will be considered for use in potential scholarship reinstatement.

  • Option Two

    A student may take coursework through overseas study during the summer to attempt to raise his or her cumulative program GPA.  Overseas study coursework must be IU-approved and billed through the IU Bursar bill in order to qualify for renewal review.  Students interested in taking overseas study coursework should work closely with their academic advisors and the Office of Overseas Study to ensure that coursework meets these requirements and will positively affect the cumulative program GPA.  The Office of Scholarships and the Office of Student Financial Assistance are not accountable for a student’s decision to take courses that do not raise the cumulative program GPA. Students should work closely with the advisors from their departments and schools to select courses for the summer term that will affect the required program GPA. Exceptions cannot be made for students who complete coursework that does not affect the cumulative program GPA.

The Office of Scholarships and the Office of Student Financial Assistance are not accountable for a student’s decision to take courses that didn’t raise the cumulative program GPA. Students should work closely with the advisors from their departments and schools to select courses for the summer term that will affect the required program GPA. Exceptions cannot be made for students who choose courses that do not affect the cumulative program GPA.

Award Information

  • Disbursement

    Internal scholarships are disbursed through the student’s bursar account roughly 10 days before the start of classes.

    • The university will charge the bursar for all of the amounts it anticipates receiving from the student (such as housing, tuition, food, and fees).
    • Internal scholarships will then be applied to that total amount.
      • If the amount of scholarship money is less than the total billed amount, the student will be responsible for paying the remainder.
      • If the amount of scholarship money is more than the billed amount, the remaining scholarship money will be given to the student in the form of a mailed check or directly deposited to the student.
  • External Scholarships

    External scholarships are handled through the Office of the Bursar. These scholarships are often distributed to the student in the form of a check made out to the university and can be dropped off or mailed directly to the bursar’s office in the Poplars building. 

    Address
    Office of the Bursar
    Indiana University
    Poplars Building
    400 East 7th Street
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    External scholarships must also be reported to Student Central on Union.

  • Award Summary

    A student can access his or her award summary from One. Search for and select ‘Student Center,’ scroll to the Finances section, and choose ‘View Financial Aid.’