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Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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The Commission for Higher Education is dedicated to making college affordable through need-based financial aid awards and to allow choice by granting awards to those attending public, independent and proprietary colleges. Prior to July 1, 2012, state financial aid was administered by the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI), which merged with the Commission in 2012.

Award notices contain information about a student's eligibility for state of Indiana financial aid awards. Eligibility is based on the data disclosed on the student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the approved tuition and regularly assessed fees at the college the student will be attending, the type of high school diploma the student earned and the number of credit hours the student has successfully completed.

State financial aid awards may be applied only to tuition and regularly assessed fees. The financial aid office of a student's choice institution also is notified of the student's state financial aid status. To accept State financial aid awards, please contact your institution's financial aid office. 

Indiana ranks fifth in the nation in the need-based grant aid per undergraduate full-time equivalent enrollment, making higher education more accessible and attainable for more Hoosiers. Indiana has two primary grant programs: The Frank O'Bannon Grant, Indiana's primary need-based financial aid program, and the 21st Century Scholarship, Indiana's early promise program where students sign up in high school.

Please visit our State Financial Aid - By Program page for more information about Indiana's grant programs, or the Application Filing Deadlines page for instructions on how to apply and to review application submission deadlines for Indiana's financial aid programs.


Students who receive state financial aid (Higher Education Award, Freedom of Choice Award, 21st Century Scholarship and State Part-time Grant) for the first time during the 2013-2014 academic year or thereafter will be required to meet certain Credit Completion Requirements to renew state financial aid awards in subsequent years.


Indiana Commission for Higher Education Statutory Authority

eStudent ACCOUNT

The Commission for Higher Education's self-service tool eStudent is for students who have filed a FAFSA as a resident of the State of Indiana. eStudent allows you to:

  • View your State financial aid award
  • View your State award history information
  • View your grant application which includes information from your FAFSA, your diploma type, your 21st Century Scholar status, National Guard status and school of choice
  • View any issues with your FAFSA that could prevent you from receiving state aid.
  • Update your school of choice

Visit the eStudent Portal and create your account! Also check out our eStudent Manual, which contains step-by-step instructions for setting up your eStudent account, including links to instructional videos!


In addition to creating State Financial Aid Awards, the Commission promotes awareness of Indiana financial assistance programs through its website, guidance counselor workshops, financial aid nights, college fairs, community forums and other statewide events such as College Goal Sunday. Resources for Students and Families are available by visiting


Please review our FAQs for frequently asked questions common terms and definitions. Please Contact Us if you have questions!