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State Financial Aid - By Program

The Commission for Higher Education is dedicated to making college affordable for all students by offering both need-based and non-need based awards. Please review the program pages below for instructions on how to apply and application submission deadlines for these programs.


  • Financial Aid and Stipends for Teachers

    Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities
    The Earline S. Rogers Teaching Stipend for Minorities is available for minority students (defined as black and Hispanic individuals) who will participate in student teaching or a school administration internship as a part of their degree requirements during the semester in which they receive it. Students must agree in writing to apply for teaching positions in Indiana and, if hired, teach in Indiana for at least three years.

    Student Teaching Stipend for High-Need Fields
    The Student Teaching Stipend for High-Need Fields is available for students who plan to teach in a high-need field (defined as middle or high school level math, science or special education). Students are eligible to receive the stipend in the term they are student teaching as a part of their degree requirements. Students must agree in writing to apply for teaching positions in Indiana and, if hired, teach in Indiana for at least three years.

    Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship
    The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides 200 high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education the opportunity to earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 a year for four academic years. In exchange, students agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school or repay the corresponding, prorated amount of the scholarship.

    William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship
    The William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship is available to minority students (defined as black and Hispanic individuals) who intend to pursue, or are currently pursuing, a course of study that would enable them to teach in an accredited school in Indiana. Students must agree in writing to apply for teaching positions in Indiana and, if hired, teach in Indiana for at least three years.

  • 21st Century Scholarship

    21st Century Scholarship
    Started in 1990, 21st Century Scholars is Indiana’s early college promise program. It offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school. Students enroll in seventh or eighth grade, and in high school they participate in the Scholar Success Program and are connected to programs and resources to help them prepare for college and career success. Once in college, Scholars receive support to complete their college degrees and connect to career opportunities.

  • EARN Indiana

    EARN Indiana
    EARN Indiana (Employment Aid Readiness Network) is the state’s work-study program. Students with financial need have access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships, while participating employers receive state matching funds—up to 50% of the student’s hourly wage. EARN Indiana partners with Indiana INTERNnet to better match students and employers and to assist employers in finding the perfect fit for their team.

  • Frank O’Bannon Grant

    Frank O’Bannon Grant
    The Frank O’Bannon Grant, which includes the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award, 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.

  • Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship

    Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship
    The Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship is a one-time, $4,000 scholarship for students who graduate at least one year early from a publicly supported Indiana high school. To claim this scholarship, students must enroll at an eligible Indiana institution no later than the fall semester in the academic year immediately following the year they graduate high school.

  • Adult Student Grant

    Adult Student Grant
    The Adult Student Grant, part of the Indiana's You Can. Go Back. program, offers a renewable $2,000 grant to assist returning adult students in starting or completing an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or certificate. To qualify, students must be financially independent as determined by the FAFSA, demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in at least six credit hours.

  • Workforce Ready Grant

    Workforce Ready Grant
    The Workforce Ready Grant, part of Indiana's Next Level Jobs initiative, pays tuition and regularly assessed fees for qualifying high-value certificates (in the fields of Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health Sciences, Information Technology & Business Technology and Transportation & Logistics) at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. The grant is available for two years and covers up to the number of credits required by the qualifying program.

  • Financial Aid for Military and Public Safety Officers

    Child of Deceased or Disabled Veteran*
    Provides regularly assessed fees for children of deceased or disabled veterans. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate and professional degree level.

    Child of Purple Heart Recipient or Wounded Veteran*
    Provides regularly assessed fees for children of Purple Heart recipients or wounded veterans. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate and professional degree level.

    Children and Spouse of Indiana National Guard*
    Provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students who are the child or spouse of a member of the Indiana National Guard who suffered a service-connected death while serving on state active duty. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours.

    Children and Spouse of Public Safety Officers*
    Provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students who are the child or spouse of certain Indiana public safety officers (PSO) who were killed in the line of duty or are a permanently disabled state trooper.

    Indiana Purple Heart Recipient*
    Provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students who are Indiana veterans and Purple Heart Recipients. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate, graduate and professional degree level.

    National Guard Tuition Supplement Grant
    Provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees at a public Indiana institution for eligible members of the Indiana Air and Army National Guard. Students can attend either full time or part time.

    Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home*
    Provides 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students who are former students and/or graduates of Morton Memorial High School and former residents of the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s home. This program funding is limited to a maximum of 124 credit hours and may be used at the undergraduate, graduate or professional degree level.

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