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IUPUI Students

Returning, Non-traditional and Transfer Scholarships

When applying for these scholarships be sure that you understand the following definitions:

Returning student: a student who is returning to formal education after a minimum of 5 years.

Non-traditional student: Any student beginning university studies after the age of 21 years.

Transfer student: a student who will be enrolling at IUPUI within the next academic year who is transferring at least 12 credit hours from another institution of higher education.

General Information

IUPUI has long awarded scholarships to both incoming and continuing students in recognition of their academic achievement, leadership and community service. This listing contains information intended for current IUPUI students, transfer students and students returning to IUPUI. New, incoming freshman students are encouraged to read the listing provided about Freshman Scholarships on this website. Eligibility is based on academic merit, although some scholarships also consider financial need. These need-based scholarships require that the student file the FAFSA ( For information on the FAFSA and/or more detailed information on financial aid other than what is provided in this brochure, please see the IUPUI financial aid website at

This list is only a partial list of general and major-specific scholarships that are available at IUPUI. We encourage you to contact your academic school and/or department to inquire about scholarship opportunities within their areas. Private sector scholarship opportunities are also a viable funding resource for IUPUI students. Try free scholarship searching databases such as and

ScholarshipNews: ScholarshipNews is a listserv for IUPUI students who want to stay informed about scholarship opportunities and information. As a member of ScholarshipNews, you will receive updates on scholarships and other information that will assist you in your college career. To subscribe to the mailing list, send an email message to with the message subscribe SCHOLARSHIPNEWS-L Your Name in the body of the email. (No subject, signature or other text should be in the message). Contact the Scholarship Office at (317) 274-5516 or if you need assistance with subscribing.

Taxes and Scholarships

Students receiving combinations of scholarships that exceed tuition and fees (direct costs) may need to consult with IRS publications #520 and #508 on tax liability for the difference. Please see the IRS website for downloadable copies or more information. (The Scholarship Office cannot provide information on tax advising.)