We understand the role that finances play in the decision to return to school, whether it's to complete your bachelor's degree or to start anew. From federal aid to scholarships and loans, there are so many options to consider when investing in your continued education. It's normal (and understandable) to feel overwhelmed or confused by all of the information out there. That's why we're here. Below are resources to get you started, but get in touch with us today to start mapping out your own plan to fulfill your goals.
Affording your degree
Costs and fees
IUPUI works hard to keep tuition as low as possible. Your tuition will depend, in part, on the degree program you choose to study, the number of credit hours you take per semester, and Indiana residency status.
To make it easier for you to see how much your degree will cost at IUPUI and to experiment with different scenarios (such as varying credit hours per semester), we’ve developed an interactive tuition and fee estimator. You may need to reference a specific program to more accurately estimate fees. To learn about flexible degree programs that the university has handpicked for returning adult students, visit our Degree Programs page.
If you are a U.S. citizen, your first financial aid step should be to fill out your FAFSA form! FAFSA determines your eligibility for federal, state, and IUPUI financial aid, including grants and loans. Visit the Office of Student Financial Services for more information on filling out FAFSA. The IUPUI school code is 001813.
The Office of Student Scholarships has a library of resources for all students seeking scholarships—whether you've never stepped foot in a college classroom or are returning after a hiatus.
Grant money is awarded to students by the university or the government and requires no repayment. For more information about grants, visit the Office of Student Financial Services.
You can borrow loans from the government (you must complete your FAFSA) or private lenders. Before considering private loans, we always recommend exploring applying for federal aid first. Federal loans tend to have better terms and lower interest rates. To learn more, visit the Office of Student Financial Services.
Career services for studentsIUPUI offers part-time employment opportunities for students. Sometimes, the employment is part of the federal work-study program, and sometimes it is a part-time position. There are a wide variety of positions that accommodate an array of life schedules. These positions assist students in gaining professional experience and honing essential skills. For more information, contact the Office of Student Employment.
The MoneySmarts program from the IU Office of Financial Literacy was design to help you make informed financial decisions before, during, and after your time at IUPUI. You can take financial literacy classes, talk to a peer mentor, or just study up on financial literacy topics online. Visit MoneySmarts.
There are many scholarships available for adult students. Many of the opportunities listed below are specific to adults returning to college or have no age limit. Special requirements are noted, where applicable.
Note: This is a list of scholarships from outside organizations that has been compiled by the Degree Completion Office. Please review each opportunity carefully before applying and confirm the application deadline(s).
Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship
Amount: Varies Deadline: Varies; applications are no longer accepted when a sufficient number have been received Special Requirements: Undergraduates must be under 30 years of age at the time of application; graduate students must be under 40 years of age at the time of application
Women's Independence Scholarship Program
Amount: Varies Deadline: Rolling Special Requirements: Be a female survivor of intimate partner abuse; be separated from her abuser a minimum of one year but not more than seven years; have sought services from a non-profit agency that provides services to survivors of intimate partner abuse for a minimum of six consecutive months