Paying for College


All students who submit an application by May 1 are considered for an admission-based scholarship for the following academic year based upon their high school GPA.

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IU Columbus offers a variety of scholarships specific to our campus. Applying for admission and completing your FAFSA will help to ensure full consideration for any campus scholarships.

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These scholarships are made possible by donations from community members. Students can complete a general scholarship application form to apply for all scholarships.

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Campus Work

IU Columbus relies on students to help run our campus efficiently. Students serve in roles such as peer mentors, student ambassadors, tutors, marketing assistants, information technology specialists, and research assistants, to name a few. Many of the academic divisions and administrative offices also hire students to help with tasks ranging from staffing desks, to managing social media accounts, and even creating flyers and web content. 

Student work assignments usually require a commitment of about 10 to 15 hours per week and provide flexibility for class schedules. It's a great way to earn money on campus and in some cases, gain valuable work experience similar to an internship.

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Federal and State Financial Aid

Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college or career school affordable. Financial aid can come from federal, state, school, and private sources to help you pay for college or career school.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid is provided by the United States government. Type of aid include grants which you don't have to pay back, and student loans which you do pay back. There are a number of grant programs available to students including Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.


State of Indiana Financial Aid

There are a number of specific financial aid programs available to Indiana residents including:


The broadest of these grants is the Frank O’Bannon Grant, which includes the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award, and is Indiana’s primary need-based financial aid program. It is designed to provide access for Hoosier students to attend eligible public, private and proprietary colleges and universities. Eligibility is based on a student’s FAFSA, and the grant may be used toward tuition and regularly assessed fees.

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Next Steps

Still have questions about financial aid?

Contact the IU Columbus Office of Student Financial Services via email.

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Want more info about attending IU Columbus?

Contact the Admissions Office to learn more about the degree programs we offer. Be sure to ask about how you can get your application fee waived by conducting a virtual visit. 

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Learn more about how you can become a member of the Crimson Pride and start your journey toward an Indiana University degree.

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