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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.

2020-2021 Frank O'Bannon Grant Award Amounts

2019-2020 Frank O'Bannon Grant Award Amounts

2018-2019 Frank O'Bannon Grant Award Amounts

2017-2018 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, 2018 for the 2019-2020 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 Indiana 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
      • 24-29 credits earned will result in a 'Full-time' award amount
      • 30 or more credits earned will result in an 'On-time' award amount (i.e. 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 the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.gov by April 15th.


The Commission understands that students and families applying for financial aid for 2020-2021 may experience barriers to completing the FAFSA by the April 15 deadline. As such, in April, the Commission announced it would extended the state's April 15 FAFSA deadline for students who file past the original deadline, however, limited funding was available on a first-come basis.

As of Monday, April 27th the Commission for Higher Education has reached its maximum allotment for additional financial aid dollars for FAFSA filers past the April 15 deadline for the Frank O'Bannon Grant and 21st Century Scholarship. Students are still encouraged to file the FAFSA if they have not done so to qualify for federal financial aid. Additionally, state financial aid dollars are still be available for the state's Next Level Jobs program.

Any student who fails to file the FAFSA by the April 15 deadline as a direct result of COVID-19 illness or disruption may submit an appeal to the Commission in ScholarTrack to waive the April 15 deadline. Students will need to explain in their appeal how they were unable to submit the FAFSA by the April 15 deadline, either due to a lack of access to the application or as a result of serious illness of the student or an immediate family member (student’s spouse, child, parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling).