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IU scholarships can help fund your education
When you apply to IU, the university will check to see if you’re eligible for academic scholarships. You may also be asked to complete additional applications for other IU scholarships and grants.
There are many different kinds of scholarships available, including:
Admissions-based academic scholarships
IU campuses award a variety of scholarships for high academic performance in high school. Awards are given to both Indiana residents and out-of-state IU applicants and are typically renewable for up to four years.
Some IU campuses offer donor-funded scholarships through generous contributions from local businesses, alumni, civic groups, private citizens, and other supporters.
Departmental and program scholarships
If you’re eligible for scholarships in your department or program, you can complete applications for those awards once you are admitted.
Scholarships for international students
Check with your IU campus’s international student office for information related to scholarships for international students.
Find scholarship information for each campus.
IU is really affordable in comparison to other schools I applied to, and that was through scholarship and instate tuition.
Breanna Burress Policy Analysis student, IU Bloomington
External scholarships offer more ways to cover costs
Scholarships are often available outside of IU from community and nonprofit organizations, private foundations, the military, religious institutions, area businesses, and more. If you receive an external scholarship, the awarding organization will send the funds to IU to be credited to your student account.
- Fastweb A database of over 400,000 scholarships
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Resources for Hispanic students
- Edvisors An extensive listing of scholarship opportunities
- Scholarships.com An extensive listing of scholarships and grants
- Scholarship Experts A database containing more than 2.4 million awards worth over $14 billion
- Scholarship Hunter A scholarship search engine sorted, by major and state
- Scholarship Search from the College Board A database of 2,300 programs
- College Resource Network A scholarship search engine with a focus on minority scholarships
- Red Kite Search Engine A scholarship matching engine with helpful guides
- Scholarship Owl One application for hundreds of scholarships
- InternationalScholarships.com Scholarships for students from any origin studying in another country
IU does not recommend applying for scholarships that ask you to pay a fee or provide marketing information. You can learn about common scholarship scams at the Better Business Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, or FinAid.
Grants help with the bottom line
When you fill out the FAFSA, you’ll be evaluated for your eligibility for federal grants, Indiana state grants, and IU grants, without the need for separate applications. All undergraduate grants are need-based and are considered gift aid, so they do not need to be repaid.
Questions? We’re here to help.
Have questions about scholarships, grants, or awards? The Admissions office at each IU campus will connect you with someone who can help.
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