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Freshman Scholarship General Information


IUPUI has long awarded scholarships to both incoming freshman and to continuing students in recognition of academic achievement, leadership, and community service. The scholarships for freshman are predominantly performance-based scholarships. For any questions regarding information, please contact the IUPUI Office of Student Scholarships via e-mail at, or visit us in the Campus Center, Suite 264.

Financial Aid

Students should submit their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon after it becomes available in October as possible, but no later than the March 10th priority deadline to receive full consideration for federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid. Newly admitted freshman applying for financial aid can expect to receive notification of their financial aid around the first week of April. To submit your FAFSA online, visit Don't forget the IUPUI Financial Aid School Code is 001813. For more information, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Freshman Scholarship Criteria

There are several ways to apply for a scholarship as an incoming freshman. Some are automatic, but others require an application. Automatic awards are based on the admissions application process. Competitive awards require that a student submit a separate scholarship application. Not all are dependent on SAT/ACT scores or H.S. GPA. Apart from the Enrollment Management and Honors College scholarships, there are scholarships available from the individual academic departments and schools, like the School of Science, Herron School of Art, and Engineering and Technology, for example.

Important Explanation About New SAT Scores

Please note that The College Board changed the way that the SAT scores are calculated beginning with the tests administered after March, 2016. Therefore, for those scholarships that have SAT score requirements, IUPUI will be assessing these scores as follows:

  • SAT taken before March 2016 – score includes the critical reading and math scores combined), or
  • SAT taken March 2016 or later – score includes evidenced-based reading/writing and math scores combined).

Freshman Scholarships & Financial Aid at IUPUI

IUPUI administers over $20 million in institutional financial aid and scholarships every year to thousands of IUPUI students to aid them in paying for their education. Scholarships, awarded to students through many different programs at IUPUI, are usually awarded based on academic performance and potential for future performance. Some programs also look at leadership, extracurricular involvement and community service. A few programs also take financial need into consideration.

Scholarships and Tuition at IUPUI

Scholarships at IUPUI are credited to the student account, usually split equally between fall and spring semesters. They are applied against the balance on the student account after registration and any remaining balance is sent to the student for use for other educational expenses like books, etc. Go to the IUPUI Bursar website to learn more about setting up a direct deposit to your checking account so your scholarship refund can be sent to you as quickly as possible (