What is a grant?

A grant is a form of financial aid that you don’t have to repay. Grants are usually awarded to students with at least some financial need. Need is determined based on the information you provide on your FAFSA—particularly your Expected Family Contribution.

If you file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we will automatically consider you for the following grants listed in the table below.

You don't have to do anything to accept this aid, and you don't have to pay it back if you complete your coursework. These awards do not automatically renew - you have to submit a FAFSA each year.

Grants you can get with the FAFSA
Federal Pell Grant
  • Meet EFC Requirement
  • Pursuing 1st undergraduate degree
  • Degree Seeking

The US Government guarantees enough funds to provide a Pell Grant to every eligible student.

Award is limited to 6 full time years or 600%. If a student attends full time in the fall and spring, they have used 100% of their lifetime maximum. If a student attends half time in the fall and spring, they have used 50% of their lifetime maximum.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Pell Grant Recipient
  • EFC of '0'
  • Pursuing 1st undergraduate degree
  • Degree Seeking
Limited funds – awarded on a first come first served basis

We process many types of state aid. Please visit the State Financial Aid webpage for information on all of their aid programs. Please note that some of the programs require that an application be completed. Below are some of the most common awards:

*The FAFSA filing deadline for Indiana state aid programs such as 21st Century, Frank O'Bannon, and Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship is April 15th.

Students who are currently within two semesters of completing their undergraduate degree, who have exhausted all other aid options, such as federal loans and Pell, state Frank O'Bannon and 21st Century, are encouraged to apply for the IU Southeast Degree Completion Grant. Grant amounts vary and can be used to assist with tuition, fees, and books showing on the student's account. If approved, a financial aid counselor will reach out to you to discuss a combination of grants, loans, or payment plan options to cover your last academic year.