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Indiana Commission for Higher Education

CHE > State Financial Aid > State Financial Aid - By Program > Adult Student Grant Adult Student Grant

Are you an adult planning your path back to college?
Enacted by the 2015 General Assembly, You Can. Go Back. is a statewide campaign that aims to help the 750,000+ Hoosier adults with some college but no degree finish what they started. With $7.5 million in state grants available for adult students, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) is reaching out to Hoosiers directly and connecting them with Indiana colleges that are committed to eliminating barriers for returning adults. Many colleges are offering special programs and incentives—including flexible class schedules and online courses, college credit for work and military experience, grade- and debt-forgiveness programs— as well as scholarships, tuition discounts and $1,000 in State grants (apply for the Adult Student Grant below!) on a first come, first serve basis for qualifying students.


The Commission offers the Adult Student Grant to assist starting or completing an associate degree, bachelor's degree, or certificates by providing a $1,000 grant. It is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of working adults.


Applicant must:

  • Be an Indiana resident and a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • Be financially independent as determined by the FAFSA and demonstrate financial need*;
  • Be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a course of study leading to an associate or first bachelor's degree, or a certificate at select institutions;
  • Be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours or their equivalent in any academic term;
  • Maintain a grade point average that meets satisfactory academic progress as defined by your institution;
  • Complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours or their equivalent in the previous academic year to renew; and
  • Meet any other minimum criteria established by the Commission.


  • Submit a complete and corrected FAFSA (please allow 5-7 business days for processing) prior to applying
  • Submit a complete Adult Student Grant Application
  • The scholarship is first come, first serve and you must have the FAFSA and Application complete to preserve your spot

*Financial need has been determined to be an EFC of $1,500 or less for the 2016-17 academic year.