Financial Aid

Get help paying for your IU Bloomington education

You’ll probably pay for college with the help of financial aid. There are many types of aid—scholarships, of course, but also grants, loans, work-study, and more. The types and amounts you receive will depend on many factors, including your academic merit and your financial need.

Whatever your circumstances, you need to understand financial aid so you’ll have realistic expectations for what you’ll receive. It’ll also help you minimize your post-college debt.

71% of IU Bloomington undergraduates received grant or scholarship aid in 2019–2020, National Center for Education Statistics

$272+ million in scholarships and grants awarded to IU Bloomington students in 2019–2020

Financial aid information

Learn about types of aid, how to apply, your financial aid timeline, and more at Student Central.

Go to Student Central

Scholarship information

Learn about types of scholarships, deadlines, and when you’ll learn if you’ve received an award.

Go to the Office of Scholarships

Important dates for incoming freshmen

  • November 1: To be considered for IU Academic Scholarships, you must submit a complete application for admission including official transcript, IU-specific essay, and test scores (if applicable*) by the early action (non-binding) deadline of November 1. Electronically submitted materials must be received by November 1, and hard copy materials must be postmarked on or before November 1.
  • January 15: If you meet the November 1 scholarship deadline, and you asked for your test scores to be considered at the time of application, you may submit updated ACT and/or SAT scores until January 15 for additional scholarship consideration. Updated scores will be evaluated and notification will be made on a rolling basis for those who qualify. 
  • April 15: Apply for financial aid by April 15 using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application will be available beginning October 1.

*Admission to IU is now test-optional. To find out if this is the right path for you, learn more about our test-optional admissions policy.

FAFSA tips

Take the next step in your IU journey and apply for financial aid by April 15. Before you complete your FAFSA, check out the video on this page to get important information on how to manage the financial aid process.

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[video description: The IU logo appears on the screen, followed by the word “FAFSA.”]

Voiceover: You’ve heard about it. You know it’s important. But what exactly is the FAFSA, and what can it do for you? Keep watching, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

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Voiceover: FAFSA stands for “Free Application for Federal Student Aid,” and completing it is your first step in getting financial aid for college.

[video description: Graphic of a house. Roof pops open, and numerals and money symbols float in and out of the house.]

Voiceover: You’ll fill in your household’s financial information, which colleges will then use to determine your eligibility for scholarships, grants, work-study, or loans.

[video description: Timeline graphic, beginning with October 1 and ending with April 15.]

Voiceover: The FAFSA opens on October 1 every year. Our priority deadline is April 15, but we recommend completing it as soon as possible during your senior year.

[video description: Graphic of campus building with IU flag on top. Text: “Complete each year.”]

Voiceover: Once you’re a college student, you’ll need to complete the FAFSA each year to remain eligible for financial aid.

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Voiceover: Ready to get started? Visit fafsa.gov to create your Federal Student Aid ID, which is the username and password you’ll use throughout the entire FAFSA process.

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Voiceover: You can complete your FAFSA online at fafsa.gov, or you can use the myStudentAid app on your smartphone.

[video description: Graphic versions of Social Security card, bank statement, and tax form appear.]

Voiceover: When you’re filling out your FAFSA, make sure you have at least one parent or guardian with you, since you may need information like Social Security numbers, bank statements, and tax returns. It takes most families about 30 minutes to complete.

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Voiceover: To ensure that Indiana University Bloomington receives your information, be sure to list our federal school code: 001809.

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Voiceover: Before you hit “Submit,” read over your information carefully to make sure you’ve answered everything correctly.

[video description: Pointer clicks the button, then turns into an icon of two clapping hands.]

Voiceover: Then give yourself a round of applause! You’re one step closer to paying for college. Watch for notifications from IU.

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Voiceover: We send Financial Award Notices starting in February.

[video description: Text: “Questions?”]

Voiceover: Questions? We’re here for you.

[video description: Text: “studentcentral.indiana.edu”]

Voiceover: Visit Student Central any time to find information, answers, and tips on financial aid and managing costs.

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