State Aid from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA) – Formerly SSACI
SFA determines eligibility for the Frank O’Bannon Grant, Twenty-First Century Scholars Grant, the Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant, the Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship, and the Part-Time Grant. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the core document to apply for SFA grants.
There are four (4) SFA General Eligibility Requirements for all full-time state grants and scholarships:
1. You must show financial need according to program rules;
2. Your FAFSA must be received by the federal processor by March 10 and be error-free by May 15
3. You and your parent(s), if you are a dependent student, must be legal residents of Indiana by
December 31st the year prior to applying and remain so during the academic year; and
4. You must be an undergraduate working on an associate or first bachelor degree, (no certificate
programs) maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, not be in default or overpayment, and meet the specific requirements of your chosen college.
SFA award notifications are sent to IUPUI when a student lists IUPUI (or IUPUC) as the first college choice on the FAFSA. To update your school choice, please make sure to have our school code (001813 for IUPUI and E01033 for IUPUC) on the FAFSA and visit eStudent to update your school code with the state. SFA grant amounts are available at eStudent; the maximum you can receive is based on enrollment in 12 credit hours for the fall semester and 12 credit hours for the spring semester during the aid year.
The SFA award eligibility period is limited to eight semesters within a maximum of eight years. A student must be enrolled at least full-time (12 semester hours) on the SFA census date (the end of the 25% refund period & end of the fourth week of the semester). If a student has dropped below full-time, SFA awards are cancelled and the student’s Bursar bill will reflect an amount due that is equal to the cancelled SFA award.
New for Students Who Initially Enrolled at IUPUI as Freshmen Starting Fall 2012
Students that initially enrolled at IUPUI during the Fall 2012 semester must meet a minimum grade point average (GPA) to maintain their eligibility for state grants. This requires our office to review your GPA before the start of each new academic year. This review will take place at the end of each spring semester once grades are final.
Freshmen will be required to have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0, sophomores a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25, and juniors and seniors a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5.
If you meet the GPA requirement for your grade level, then you will still be considered for state grants for the upcoming academic year. However, if your GPA is below the requirement, you will be granted one semester of probation to increase your GPA. You are only allowed one semester of probation during your entire academic career.
Frank O'Bannon Grant/Higher Education Award
O'Bannon Awards are need based and the amount of the award varies each year based on funding levels and the number of eligible students. The amount of an O'Bannon award is calculated based the Expected Family Contribution for independent students or Parent Contribution portion of the EFC for dependent students and the type of Indiana high school diploma earned by the student (Academic Honors. Core 40, or General).
Twenty-First Century Awards are awarded to students that met eligibility standards and enrolled as a Twenty-First Century Scholars in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Additionally, Twenty-First Scholar Awards recipient must meet the Twenty-First Scholars Program Pledge. The amount of a Twenty-First Century Award is calculated based on the student's tuition and general fee (IUPUI) or technology fee (IUPUC). If the student has no other type of fee remission, the Twenty-First Century Award will cover the student's tuition fee. If a portion of the student's tuition fee is paid by another fee remission (e.g. O'Bannon Grant/Higher Education Award), the Twenty-First Century Award will cover the balance of tuition fee. If a student has a full fee remission for tuition fee, the Twenty-First Century Award will not be available.
Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grants award amount varies each year based on funding levels and the number of eligible students. The grant amount is up to 100% of the student's tuition and regularly assessed fees for eligible members of the Indiana Air and Army National Guard. Eligibility requires certification by both ICHE and the Indiana National Guard each semester.
SFA eStudent – Access for students to check eligibility; history of grants, awards, or scholarships; change first-choice college; update address and phone number; check for outstanding eligibility issues
317-274-5555 420 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46202 AskIU@iu.edu