Selective Scholarship Application FAQ

Once you’ve accessed your Selective Scholarship Application (SSA), you may have some questions. We’ve included some common questions and answers to help you navigate the SSA from start to finish.

  • What is the SSA?

    The Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) is an invitation-only application shared by a number of schools and programs at Indiana University to award merit-based scholarships to incoming freshman students who meet high academic standards. Incoming freshmen must have a complete application for admission on file by November 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to complete the SSA.

  • Do I have to be admitted before being considered for SSA eligibility?

    Yes. You must be admitted to Indiana University Bloomington before you will be considered for eligibility to apply for scholarships through the SSA. We do not provide SSA materials to students who have not yet been assigned the SSA.

  • Who will review my SSA?

    If you are eligible to complete the SSA, you will receive an SSA invitation email from the Office of Scholarships approximately 5–7 days after you receive your admission email. Any school or program that will review your application will be listed in that email.

  • I applied to the IU Jacobs School of Music. Am I eligible for SSA consideration?

    Yes, all incoming freshmen who submit a complete application for fall admission by November 1 are considered for Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) eligibility. If any of your admission application materials are not received prior to November 1, you will not be considered.

  • Do I need to have my One.IU account set up before submitting the SSA?

    Yes. You need to set up your One.IU account before you can access the SSA and other services available for admitted students. Directions for creating your account can be found here.

  • In One.IU, where do I find my SSA?

    1. Create your IU computing account. You will need your 10-digit University ID number provided in your admission notification email to create this account. It may take up to two hours to activate your account. Do not log in using your guest account.
    2. Once your account is activated, log into One.IU. Enter the keyword "scholarships" in the search bar.
    3. Click on the "Scholarships" icon, a dollar sign ($) with a graduation cap: scholarship icon.
    4. Click “Sign In With Your Network ID.” You may be prompted to sign in using your IU credentials.
    5. Complete all questions on the General Application, then click “Finish and Submit.” This should be completed before the IU Bloomington SSA. Please ensure that you answer all questions thoroughly.
    6. Complete the IU Bloomington SSA, then click “Finish and Submit.” The deadline to submit your SSA is January 15, 2019. We recommend inputting your reference information and saving your application immediately, to allow your references time to submit their recommendation letters by the deadline of January 15, 2019. They will receive an email with instructions for uploading their letters once you click “Save.”
  • I’ve logged into my application, but I can only see the General Application. Where is the SSA?

    Only students who have been invited to complete the SSA will be able to see the IU Bloomington SSA when they log in through One.IU. If you have received an official invitation and do not see the IU Bloomington SSA, please verify that you are logging in with your official IU computing account (created after your admission using your 10-digit University ID number that begins with 000 or 200. Please refer to your admission notification email or letter for your University ID number). All IU students can complete the General Application, and students invited to complete the SSA should submit the General Application as the first step of the SSA.

  • How can I get technical support?

    For questions or technical issues related to the SSA, please contact the Office of Scholarships at or (812) 855-5779. If emailing, please include your full name and University ID. If calling, please have your University ID readily available. The 10-digit University ID number can be found in your Admission notification letter, and begins with 000 or 200.

  • How long do I have to submit the SSA?

    We are unable to assign SSAs for any student prior to admission to Indiana University Bloomington. The deadline to submit the SSA is January 15, 2019, including both recommendation letters. It is your responsibility to ensure that your recommendation letters are received by the deadline.

  • Will my SSA be updated with my new higher test scores that I submitted to the Office of Admissions?

    Your application will contain the most recent admission application information we have on file for you. If you submit updated test scores after being assigned an SSA, your application will be updated to reflect the new scores. Once you submit your SSA, your application will continue to update with new SAT/ACT scores; however, we cannot guarantee that the reviewing department will consider any information that is updated after you submit your SSA.

  • I was not invited to complete the SSA, but my test scores have improved. Can I be reconsidered for an SSA invitation?

    All students who meet the November 1 deadline will continue to be assessed for additional SSA opportunities based on updated test scores through December 1, at which time all SSA eligibility review stops to ensure adequate time for SSA completion.

  • What file formats should I use for uploading my essays?

    Acceptable file types include .pdf, .docx, and .doc.

  • Will I be able to submit my SSA after the deadline on the welcome page?

    No. Scholarships awarded through the SSA are competitive and all materials must be received on time. Your completed SSA must be submitted on or before January 15, 2019 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

  • What kinds of recommendation letters do I need?

    The SSA requires the submission of two recommendation letters to be considered complete.  Please select one individual who can speak to your academic achievement and one individual who can speak to your community service/leadership/extracurricular involvement.  We suggest that you select individuals who know you personally, but please do not ask family members or friends.  This article from the College Board shares some helpful tips for selecting your references.

  • How long do my references have to submit their recommendation letters?

    Recommendation letters must be received by January 15, 2019. Once you input information for your selected references and save your application, these individuals will receive emails containing instructions for uploading their recommendation letters. We encourage you to input your reference information and save your application as soon as possible. Talk to your references as early as possible to ensure that they are aware of the deadline, receive the notification email, and have the maximum amount of time to prepare a recommendation letter for you.

  • How do I know if my recommendation letters have been received?

    You can check your SSA for received recommendation letters at any time, through the References tab at the top of your application. If your reference has submitted a recommendation letter, the status will display as “Submitted” with the date the recommendation letter was uploaded.

  • I have already submitted my SSA, but one of my references has changed. How do I update this information?

    You can update your recommenders at any time. Within the IU Bloomington SSA, under the Recommendation Letter section, you can click “Add a New Reference” and enter your new reference’s information. When you click “Update Your Application,” a new email will be sent to your new reference. Please keep in mind that only one academic achievement letter and one community service/leadership letter will be viewable for your reviewing departments, and the reference you have selected within your IU Bloomington SSA will be included within your application.

  • I have already submitted my SSA, but the email address I included for one of my recommenders is incorrect. How do I update it?

    You can update your recommender information at any time. Within the IU Bloomington SSA, under the Recommendation Letter section, you can click “Add a New Reference” and enter your reference’s accurate information. When you click “Update Your Application,” a new email will be sent to your new reference. Please keep in mind that only one academic achievement letter and one community service/leadership letter will be viewable for your reviewing departments, and the reference you have selected within your IU Bloomington SSA will be included within your application.

  • I’m a reference for a student who has submitted the SSA. Can I submit a paper recommendation letter since I don’t have regular access to a computer to submit the recommendation letter online?

    We prefer for references to submit recommendation letters themselves, via the instructions provided within your reference request email. If you have exhausted all other options and are unable to submit your recommendation letter, please email it to the Office of Scholarships at as an attachment, so that we may upload the letter on your behalf. Please include the student’s full name and high school name so that we can verify that it is the correct student. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the Office of Scholarships at 812-855-5779.

  • I’m a reference for a student who has submitted the SSA, and I am experiencing issues uploading my recommendation letter.

    Please try submitting your recommendation letter as a different type of file. Generally, .doc, .docx, and .pdf files tend to work best. If this does not resolve the issue, please contact us directly at or 812-855-5779.

  • I have successfully submitted the SSA, and my recommendation letters have been submitted. When will I know if I received any scholarships through the SSA?

    Most offers resulting from the SSA are sent between February and March, and all SSA scholarships will be awarded prior to May 1, 2019. Since the academic schools and departments that utilize the SSA operate on varying award timelines, notifications may or may not be provided, dependent upon each organization's individual selection processes. If you are selected as a recipient for more than one scholarship, you will receive separate award notifications from each individual department. If you complete the FAFSA, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification from the Office of Student Financial Assistance in mid-February. Additionally, students can access the financial aid and scholarship summary at any time through One.IU. Search for and select “Student Center,” scroll to the Finances section, and choose “View Financial Aid.”

  • What are the renewal criteria for scholarships from the SSA?

    The renewal criteria for scholarships awarded through the SSA vary by awarding department and individual scholarship. If you are a recipient of a scholarship awarded through the SSA, the renewal criteria should be included in the scholarship notification.

If you have a question that was not addressed here, please email your University ID number and additional question(s) to