Cost & Financial Aid

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Paying for college can be a challenge. At IU Fort Wayne, we’re working to help keep your college costs down with affordable tuition, financial aid, and scholarships. When you choose IU Fort Wayne, you can be confident that you’re getting a great value for your tuition dollars—and making a sound investment in your future.

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How much does IU Fort Wayne cost?

Your cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, housing and food, and books and supplies. You should also budget for transportation and personal expenses.

Your tuition and fees depend on a lot of factors, such as whether you’re from Indiana or another state, and which academic program you’re in.


Tuition savings for nonresidents

Ohio residents

We also have a reciprocity agreement with 14 Ohio counties, which means you’ll pay in-state tuition rates if you live in Allen, Auglaize, Butler, Darke, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Mercer, Paulding, Preble, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert, or Williams County.

Learn about Ohio-Reciprocity


MSEP participating state residents

IU Fort Wayne participates in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), a multistate tuition reciprocity program established by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Residents of select Midwest states who have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher will automatically receive our Midwest Student Exchange Program Award, which represents a 55% reduction in nonresident tuition at IU Fort Wayne. 

Participating states:

Illinois | Kansas | Minnesota | Missouri | Nebraska | North Dakota | Ohio | Wisconsin


Michigan residents

Undergraduate Michigan residents admitted to IU Fort Wayne with a minimum GPA of 3.0 will receive the Michigan Student Excellence Award. Similar to the Midwest Student Exchange Program, the MSEA will be automatically awarded at the time of admission, and provide students with an award accounting for a 55% reduction in nonresident tuition.


Academic eligibility for nonresident tuition reduction awards

Incoming freshmen

Incoming freshmen must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.75 for the MSEP award and a 3.0 for MSEA upon initial enrollment to be eligible for this award. 

Transfer Students

To be eligible for the MSEP award, transfer applicants must have a cumulative 2.5 college GPA or higher from the most recent college upon initial enrollment, and a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher for MSEA. Transfer applicants are defined as any student who has completed 12 college credit hours after high school graduation. This includes full- and part-time students, second-degree students and returning adult students.


How much money will the award save me?

For 2020-21, the average tuition cost for an out-of-state student at IU Fort Wayne is currently $31,626 per year. Nonresident MSEP and MSEA tuition reduction award recipients pay tuition at 150 percent of IU Fort Wayne’s in-state rate, which reduces the cost to $14,342 for a savings of $17,284 per year.

It’s important to note that nonresident tuition awards apply only to tuition costs. Mandatory fees and program fees are not reduced by this award.


Who is eligible for a nonresident tuition award?

To be eligible for a nonresident award, you must reside in one of the participating states and be admitted to IU Fort Wayne as an undergraduate degree-seeking student. This includes full- and part-time traditional undergraduate students, transfer students, second-degree students, and returning adult students.

You are not eligible for a nonresident tuition award if:

  • You are enrolled in an online degree program
  • You are enrolled in a dual degree program through a different university
  • You have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
  • You are a nonresident who is eligible to receive in-state tuition


Other important information about eligibility

Nonresident tuition awards do not cover tuition costs at other IU campuses—you must be enrolled in classes on the IU Fort Wayne campus for it to be applied. For example, if you take a course at another IU campus during the summer, a nonresident tuition award does not cover the tuition cost for that course.

The award does cover:

  • Online courses taken as part of your on-campus degree program
  • Summer courses taken on the IU Fort Wayne campus


International student eligibility

If you reside in a participating state and have one of these immigration statuses, you may qualify for the MSEP award: A-1, A-2, A-3, E-1, E-2, E-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, H-1B, H-4, I, L-1, L-2, O-1, O-3, V-1, V-2, V-3, or pending I-485 beneficiary.


How to apply for non-resident awards?

There is no application process for nonresident tuition awards. If you live in one of the participating states, you automatically qualify for the award upon admission to IU Fort Wayne.


A scholarship is a form of financial aid you don’t have to repay. 

Learn more about admission-based scholarships


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Did you know you can earn IU Fort Wayne scholarship dollars just by completing common college-search tasks? IU Fort Wayne has partnered with RaiseMe to help you be prepared for college by completing achievements, which are then rewarded with micro-scholarships. Scholarships earned through RaiseMe are not stackable with admission-based awards.

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Paying for your education

Beyond scholarships, your financial aid options include grants, work-study jobs, and loans. Make sure to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will determine how much aid you qualify to receive. When you submit your FAFSA, you’ll be considered for a variety of state and federal financial aid programs. The priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA is November 15.

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Learn how to be MoneySmart

We want to help you make good financial decisions throughout your time at IU Fort Wayne and beyond. MoneySmarts, a university-wide financial literacy initiative, will show you how to get on the road to financial wellness even before you set foot on campus.

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