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Returning Adult Students

Welcome! As a returning adult student at IUPUI, your financial circumstances are likely very different from the typical 18 year old freshman. The Office of Student Financial Services is ready to assist you in developing a financial success plan to obtain your dream of an IUPUI degree. In addition to all of our website resources, here are some tips.

Is your work income going to change by going back to school?

If you have recently experienced a change in your family financial status since filing the FAFSA or you have an expense that was not considered as part of the FAFSA, you may submit a Special Circumstance Appeal.

Did you know the state of Indiana has a special Adult Student Grant?

The Adult Student Grant is Indiana's need-based financial aid program for adult students who attend part-time. A separate application with the state is required each year to be considered for this award. There is no due date, but funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting July 1. To view the program requirements, please visit the Indiana Commission for Higher Education website.

What if my grades were not that great when I left college?

Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards to qualify to receive financial aid. If you were recently academically reinstated, you may be selected for SAP review based on your academic transcript. The Office of Student Financial Services monitors your academic progress based on guidelines established by the federal government. An appeal process is available if you do not appear to meet SAP standards.

What if I am not sure if I can afford to return to college?

We suggest all students develop a budget for the entire academic year—especially returning adult students. To help you think about all the costs and aid that may be available to you, IUPUI has developed an online tool called the College Budget Balancer. The College Budget Balancer provides a running calculation between estimated expenses (on the left) and estimated financial resources (on the right). Users can use the interactive tool to "do the math" in the estimate of expenses and resources and get an idea of the need to reduce potential expenses or obtain other financial resources.

What are the steps I need to follow in order to qualify for financial aid?

In order to receive financial aid, you must submit a FAFSA each year to be considered for federal and state aid. After receiving your FAFSA we will determine aid eligibility, calculate financial need, award financial aid, and send Financial Aid Notifications (FANs).To apply for and receive federal financial aid, students should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at When completing the application, enter federal school code 001813 (IUPUI) when prompted. The FAFSA may be completed at any time during the year. However, students should submit the application by the IUPUI priority deadline of March 10 each year for maximum aid consideration.

  2. Monitor your university e-mail and accounts on a regular basis for important information. All official IUPUI communication is conducted electronically.

  3. Review your Student Center on to ensure all required steps are completed. Account holds and incomplete To-Do List items may prevent aid from disbursing.

  4. Enroll in at least 6 credit hours (half-time) and meet other eligibility requirements for financial aid. For a list of eligibility criteria, click here.

  5. Review and accept your federal financial aid awards on E-mail notification will be sent when a financial aid award is available. Students must log into to accept their financial aid. Please feel free to view this online tutorial for more information about accepting financial aid.

  6. Complete your Federal Entrance Counseling Session and Master Promissory Note in order to receive Federal Direct Student Loans. These items can be completed online at When prompted, add IUPUI (school code G01813) as your school choice.