Following measures from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education is adhering to guidance but will continue to maintain operations, including the financial aid support center, which Hoosiers can reach by calling (888) 528-4719 or emailing email@example.com.
Guidance & FAQs
As Indiana continues to monitor the evolving outbreak of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the Commission has prepared guidance for institutions of higher education to ensure they have preparedness measures in place to handle this evolving situation. The Commission will continue to publish ongoing updates, as new directives are shared by Gov. Holcomb and ISDH.
Indiana Institutions of Higher Education
The Commission will continue to work with the state’s public and private postsecondary institutions to stay up-to-date with changing statuses. A compiled list of the state’s public college web pages pertaining to campus status follows:
Ball State University: https://www.bsu.edu/coronavirus
Indiana State University: https://www.indstate.edu/covid-19
Indiana University: https://coronavirus.iu.edu/
Ivy Tech Community College: https://www.ivytech.edu/coronavirus
Purdue University West Lafayette: https://protect.purdue.edu
Purdue University Fort Wayne: https://www.pfw.edu/coronavirus
Purdue University Northwest: https://www.pnw.edu/covid-19
University of Southern Indiana: https://www.usi.edu/covid-19
Vincennes University: https://www.vinu.edu/coronavirus-updates
Private Institutions: More information about how the 30 members of Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) are responding can be found on their websites.
Proprietary Institutions: More information about how Indiana’s proprietary institutions, authorized by the Board for Proprietary Education, are responding can be found on BPE's website.
Rapid Recovery for a Better Future
We’ve got your back so you can move forward. Rapid Recovery for a Better Future is Indiana’s people-focused initiative providing resources and support for Hoosiers to secure education, training, as well as skills and career coaching, and increasing access to quality jobs. Federal funding through the CARES Act enables Indiana to temporarily expand the Next Level Jobs program by:
- Adding new and temporary training programs to the Workforce Ready Grant
- Expanding access to Hoosiers who have a two- or four-year degree
- Providing employers up to $100,000 for workforce training through the Employer Training Grant
In addition to workforce training, Rapid Recovery for a Better Future is also committed to helping Hoosiers take their next step in finding a job, securing emergency aid, childcare support or food assistance, Your Next Step starts here.
21st Century Scholars & Online Instruction
With the new school year beginning, families have questions about school options and the 21st Century Scholars program. Indiana law requires that students be enrolled in an accredited Indiana middle school or junior high school to enroll in the 21st Century Scholars Program while in 7th or 8th grade. Law also requires that students graduate from an accredited Indiana high school in order to be eligible for the 21st Century Scholarship after graduation.
If your current school corporation is offering online or virtual classes, your Scholar is still enrolled in that school, so nothing with the scholarship will change.
If you choose to withdraw your Scholar from their current school, some online schools are still eligible for 21st Century Scholars. Indiana Connections Academy, Indiana Connections Career Academy, Indiana University High School, and Insight School are some eligible online schools. You can check with the Indiana Department of Education on their website https://inview.doe.in.gov/ to see if other online schools are considered an eligible Indiana school.
If you choose to homeschool without enrolling in an accredited Indiana online school, your child could be in jeopardy of losing their scholarship.
The Commission is committed to sharing the ongoing efforts of Indiana's system of higher education to address emerging needs in light of the pandemic.
Press Release: Indiana Higher Education Commission Provides Resources for Institutions, Students & Parents Amid COVID-19 Closure
Podcast: “Our College, Your Voices” podcast with Ivy Tech Community College
IndyStar Op-ed: Higher education plays role in Indiana’s coronavirus recovery plan
- Press Release: State Awards Over $135,000 to Support Graduating High School Seniors
The Commission is actively gathering resources and guidance for students and families regarding digital access, financial assistance and financial aid.
- Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/students-families/COVID-19 for ongoing updates and additions.
The Learn More Indiana Blog offers helpful information for students learning in a virtual environment.
Please follow these additional sources for information related to COVID-19.
Follow the Indiana State Health Department on Twitter @StateHealthIN or call the ISDH 24/7 help line at 877-826-0011
Follow the US Department of Education on Twitter @usedgov
This webpage was last updated on August 4, 2020.