Financial Aid

What are my options for paying for my education?

There are lots of ways you can pay for your education, including scholarships, grants, student employment, and loans.

Financial aid

Your first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When you submit your FAFSA, you’ll be considered for a variety of federal, state, and IU Fort Wayne financial aid programs.

Scholarships

Scholarships—money for school that doesn’t have to be repaid—can help you cover the cost of your education and minimize your debt. When you submit your application for admission, you’ll automatically be considered for admission-based scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of your high school GPA and your SAT or ACT scores. 

Apply to IU Fort Wayne by February 1 to receive full consideration for scholarships.

Undergraduate admission-based scholarships for Indiana residents

Students who have lived in Indiana for more than 12 consecutive months for purposes other than education are considered by the Indiana University Board of Trustees to be Indiana residents for tuition purposes.

IU Fort Wayne is excited to offer these students a select number of scholarships based on their undergraduate admission to the University.

  • Distinguished Scholarship

    The Distinguished Scholarship is awarded to students who have at least a 3.75 cumulative GPA, and have scored at least 1310 on the SAT, or 28 on the ACT. Recipients of the Distinguished Scholarship will receive $6,000 annually for four years, with a total award amount of $24,000. 

    Deadline: Prospective recipients must apply for admission to IU Fort Wayne by February 1.

    Renewal criteria: Students who receive the Distinguished Scholarship must maintain a 2.75 GPA at IU Fort Wayne, and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year.

  • Academic Excellence

    The Academic Excellence award is given to students who have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and have scored at least 1220 on the SAT, or 25 on the ACT. Recipients of the Academic Excellence award will receive $3,000 annually for four years, with a total award amount of $12,000. 

    Deadline: Prospective recipients must apply for admission to IU Fort Wayne by February 1.

    Renewal criteria: Students who receive the Academic Excellence award must maintain a 2.75 GPA at IU Fort Wayne, and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year.

  • Resident Service Award

    The Service Award is given to students who have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and have scored at least 1140 on the SAT, or 23 on the ACT. Recipients of the Service Award will receive $1,500 annually for four years, with a total award amount of $6,000. 

    Deadline: Prospective recipients must apply for admission to IU Fort Wayne by February 1.

    Renewal criteria: Students who receive the Service Award must maintain a 2.75 GPA at IU Fort Wayne, and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year. Recipients must also volunteer at one pre-approved campus event each semester.

Undergraduate admission-based scholarships for out-of-state students

IU Fort Wayne is also proud to support student success for students who attend the University from outside Indiana with a select number of undergraduate admission-based scholarships. 

Students who live in Midwest Student Exchange Program states may also qualify for an undergraduate admission-based award in addition to the MSEP discount; however, the dollar amount of each admission-based award is lower, since it is being combined with the nonresident tuition reduction the program provides.

  • Dean's Recognition Scholarship

    The Dean's Recognition Scholarship is awarded to students who have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and have scored at least 1270 on the SAT, or 26 on the ACT. Recipients of the Dean's Recognition Scholarship will receive $11,000 annually ($1,500 annually for MSEP students) for four years, with a total award amount of $44,000 ($6,000 total for MSEP students). 

    Deadline: Prospective recipients must apply for admission to IU Fort Wayne by April 1.

    Renewal criteria: Students who receive the Dean's Recognition Scholarship must maintain a 2.75 GPA at IU Fort Wayne, and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year.

  • Nonresident Service Award

    The Nonresident Service Award is given to students who have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and have scored at least 1140 on the SAT, or 23 on the ACT. Recipients of the Nonresident Service Award will receive $7,000 annually ($1,000 annually for MSEP students) for four years, with a total award amount of $28,000 ($4,000 total for MSEP students). 

    Deadline: Prospective recipients must apply for admission to IU Fort Wayne by April 1.

    Renewal criteria: Students who receive the Nonresident Service Award must maintain a 2.75 GPA at IU Fort Wayne, and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year. Recipients must also volunteer at one pre-approved campus event each semester.

  • Nonresident Transfer Award

    The Nonresident Transfer Award is given to students who transfer to IU Fort Wayne from another institution have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Recipients of the Nonresident Service Award will receive $7,000 annually ($1,000 annually for MSEP students) for two years, with a total award amount of $14,000 ($2,000 total for MSEP students). 

    Deadline: Prospective recipients must apply for admission to IU Fort Wayne by April 1.

    Renewal criteria: Students who receive the Nonresident Service Award must maintain a 2.75 GPA at IU Fort Wayne, and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year.

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