You may be eligible for need-based grants from the State of Indiana through theDivision of Student Financial Aid (SFA).
Through programs like the Twenty-First Century Scholar Program and incentives like giving larger award amounts to those who graduate from high school with an academic honors diploma, the State of Indiana wants to increase college attendance and degree completion among its citizens.
Unlike loans, state grants do not have to be repaid.
State grant programs include:
- Child of Certain Veterans and Public Safety Officers Supplemental Grant Program
- Frank O'Bannon Grant Program
- Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant
- Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship
- Part-Time Grant Program
- Summer State Work Study Program
Each grant has its own eligibility criteria that you should review carefully. The SFA Web site contains current, detailed information about general eligibility requirements.
Your FAFSA must be received by the U.S. Department of Education by March 10 and be error-free by May 15 each year to quality for state aid. To receive full consideration for state grants, complete the FAFSA as early as possible after January 1 each year.
Other eligibility criteria include:
- You and your parent(s), if you are a dependent student, must be legal residents (U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens) of Indiana and remain so during the academic year.
- Demonstrate financial need according to grant criteria.
- You must be a high school graduate or hold a GED.
- You must be admitted to IUPUC and indicate IUPUC as your first school choice on eStudent, the SFA’s self-service student portal.
- You must be taking classes that apply to your first bachelor’s degree, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and not be in default on other financial aid.
- You must be a full-time student taking at least 12 credit hours per semester.
- If you drop classes and lower your enrollment level to less than full-time, your grant may be cancelled and you will owe the balance of the cancelled award to IUPUC.