Applying for Indiana University Scholarships—How DoNotPay Can Help
Tuition fees and other education-related expenses are on a steady rise throughout the United States, and Indiana University (IU) doesn’t steer away from the trend. With students having to pay extortionate amounts to get a degree, they need to obtain financial aid to continue with their education—be it loans or scholarships and grants.
Learn how to make the best out of DoNotPay’s Apply for Scholarships feature, and find out which scholarships you qualify for within five minutes!
IU tuition fees can get high. Some students staying at Indiana University Bloomington—the main campus—need to pay up over $54,000 annually. Check out this table to see costs of attendance for different student groups:
|Level of Study||Indiana Residents||Nonresidents|
These numbers are a good enough reason to turn to scholarships for help.
Financial aid programs offer awards to students who can demonstrate:
- Academic excellence (merit-based)
- Financial inability to pay (need-based)
Indiana University merit scholarships are usually more rewarding as they are designed for students who have:
- High GPAs
- High ACT or SAT scores
- Resumes of project and community service involvement, as well as other extracurricular activities related to their field of study
Students who can’t meet these requirements can turn to need-based awards by proving they can’t afford to study at IU. They need to fill out the College Scholarship Service (CSS) profile or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
This way, students can get an estimate on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which needs to be below a certain limit that varies depending on the program.
Scholarships for Indiana University college students are divided into four groups:
- First-year scholarships
- Transfer student programs
- Nontraditional student scholarships
- Non-IU scholarships
First-year programs are available to freshmen and high school seniors who are going (or intend) to enroll at IU. Around 40 programs (both need- and merit-based) are offered to first-year students from the University itself.
Check out the table to see some of the scholarship opportunities:
|Scholarship Name||Residency Requirements||Basis for Award||Award Amount|
|Dean’s Scholarship||Out-of-state students||Merit||$1,000–$11,000|
|IU Global Engagement Scholarship||International students||Merit||$1,000–$11,000|
|Annexstad Family Foundation||In-state and out-of-state students||Merit and need||$25,000 over four years|
|Cox Research Scholarship||In-state students||Merit||The full cost of attendance|
|Hamilton Lugar School (HLS) Selective Scholarship Application||In-state, out-of-state, and international students||Merit||$600–$8,000|
|MacDonald Scholars Program||In-state and out-of-state students||Need||$20,000–$36,000 over four years|
This section includes Indiana University Bloomington scholarships for students who come from:
- Ivy Tech Community College
- Other institutions from across the U.S.
- Other campuses within IU
Aside from demanding from students to show merit or need, there are other requirements applicants need to fulfill. Some examples include:
|Scholarship Name||Specific Requirements|
|Hudson & Holland Scholars Program||Members of a minority:|
|Jean Ann Ford Fund for Education Scholarship||Underrepresented males|
|Office of Disability Services for Students Scholarships||Students with physical or learning disabilities|
|Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship||Members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society|
|Tau Sigma National Honor Society Program||Members of the organization|
IU sees nontraditional students as those who create a path for themselves, choosing specific programs and involving themselves in various projects. Many Indiana state scholarships offer help to nontraditional students, including:
- The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) Incentives for Bloomington Residents
- IU Credit Union Scholarship
- Returning Student Services Fund
- Indiana Women’s Education Foundation and PEO Scholarships (programs for women)
Non-IU programs are those that come from sources not related to the University. These can be private funds, donors, or companies that offer financial aid to IU students.
Additionally, scholarship providers might require you to belong to a certain group, including:
- Students of faith (Jewish, Muslims, Catholics, etc.)
- Senior citizens
- Single-parent students
- Black women
- Hearing impaired
Discovering various financial aid programs is the first step to getting an award, and it’s the most time-consuming one. You can lose months doing various searches trying to find scholarships you’re eligible for.
If you’re stuck and don’t know how to do the research more efficiently, here are a few suggestions on where you can look for awards:
- IU’s financial aid office
- Indiana University Office of Scholarships’ website
- Online search tools
You can use DoNotPay to get a personalized list of all scholarships you’re eligible for—based on your financial and academic status—within five minutes.
The way you apply for an award depends on the program itself as various scholarships have different deadlines and sets of requirements. Here are some important dates to consider when applying for a scholarship at Indiana University:
- August 1—first day to apply for admission and awards
- October 1—opening day for the FAFSA form
- November 1—early-action application deadline
- January 15—deadline for updated test scores
- February 1—deadline for Selective Scholarship Application
- April 15—deadline for submitting the FAFSA form
- May 1—deadline for reserving a place at IU
When you’re applying for a scholarship, you should always make sure you:
- Are eligible
- Apply before the deadline passes
- Submit all the necessary paperwork, including:
Researching and applying for scholarships are tedious tasks that will take a lot of time and effort, and you’ll still miss out on many programs you haven’t come across. You can optimize your process by using DoNotPay—our app allows you to find all available awards and apply for no-essay scholarships within minutes.
All you need to do is the following:
- Sign up for DoNotPay via your browser
- Select the Apply for Scholarships feature
- Answer a few questions
Our app will use your answers and create a custom list of financial aid programs for which you meet the requirements. If the list contains programs that don’t require a written essay, you can apply directly through the app by instructing us to complete the process on your behalf.
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