Frank O’Bannon Grant

The Frank O'Bannon Grant includes both the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award. The grant is designed to provide access for Hoosier students to attend eligible public, private, and proprietary postsecondary institutions. Eligibility for the grant is based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The grant may be used toward tuition and regularly assessed fees.

2017-2018 Frank O'Bannon Grant Award Amounts

2018-2019 Frank O'Bannon Grant Award Amounts


  • Must be an Indiana resident by December 31st the year prior to applying for aid (i.e. December 31, 2017 for the 2018-2019 school year)
    • Must remain a resident throughout academic year
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Must be a high school graduate or hold a GED
  • Must attend, or plan to attend, an eligible postsecondary institution
  • Must be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a course of study leading to an associates or first bachelor's degree; or must be seeking a certificate at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University.
  • Must be a full-time student, or plan to enroll as a full-time student
    • Must abide by credit completion requirements each academic year to renew maximum award
    • Must meet SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) requirements as determined by the institution the student is attending.
    • In some cases, degree-seeking students may use the Frank O'Bannon grant during the summer while enrolled part-time. Refer to the specific guidelines for using the Frank O'Bannon grant during summer terms.
  • Must file the FAFSA by April 15th prior to the academic year of intended enrollment

Submit a complete and corrected FAFSA by April 15th.