Types of Aid

Commission for Higher Education (CHE) Grants

For state grants offered by CHE, annually filing the FAFSA is necessary, often additional applications are also required.

O'Bannon Grant/Higher Education Award

The Commission for Higher Education (CHE) administers the O’Bannon Grant/Higher Education Award Program. The amount of the award is dependent upon the Expected Family Contribution, as well as the type of Indiana high school diploma the student received (Honors, Core 40, or General Diploma).

To qualify:

  • A student must be an Indiana resident (their parents must also be Indiana residents).
  • The FAFSA must be filed by the CHE priority deadline of March 10; any FAFSA errors must be cleared by May 15.
  • A student must be full-time as of the CHE census date (the end of the fourth week of classes).
  • A student must be working on their first undergraduate degree.
  • The award is a need-based award and thus counts towards fulfilling a student’s overall need figure.

The award is available for eight semesters of full-time enrollment. The O’Bannon Grant is designated for application towards the payment of tuition and fees, but this award will not cover a student's entire tuition and fee assessment.

Beginning in Fall 2013, all students first awarded state aid in that semester or after must meet the following requirements to receive a Frank O’Bannon Grant:

  • At the end of your first year, you must have at least 24 completed cumulative credit hours to receive the minimum grant amount or at least 30 completed cumulative credit hours to receive the maximum grant amount.
  • At the end of your second year, you must have at least 48 completed cumulative credit hours to receive the minimum grant amount or at least 60 completed cumulative credit hours to receive the maximum grant amount.
  • At the end of your third year, you must have at least 72 completed cumulative credit hours to receive the minimum grant amount or at least 90 completed cumulative credit hours to receive the maximum grant amount.

21st Century Scholars Program

The Commission for Higher Education (CHE) administers the 21st Century Scholars Program, the initial eligibility for which is determined when a student is in 7th or 8th grade and meets specific income requirements. At that time students take a Scholars Pledge, which they then reaffirm as high school seniors.

  1. A student must be an Indiana resident (their parents must also be Indiana residents) and must have graduated from an Indiana high school.
  2. The FAFSA must be filed on or before March 10; any FAFSA errors must be cleared by May 15.
  3. A student must be full-time as of the CHE census date (the end of the fourth week of classes).
  4. A student must be working on their first undergraduate degree.
  5. The award is available for eight semesters of full-time enrollment.
  6. The 21st Century Scholars Award is designated for application towards the payment of tuition and fees.
  7. The award counts towards fulfilling a student’s overall need figure.

Beginning in Fall 2013, all students first awarded state aid in that semester or after must meet the following requirements to receive the 21st Century Scholars Grant:

  • At the end of your first year, you must have at least 30 completed cumulative credit hours.
  • At the end of your second year, you must have at least 60 completed cumulative credit hours.
  • At the end of your third year, you must have at least 90 completed cumulative credit hours.

Child of Certain Veterans and Public Safety Officers Supplemental Grant Program (CVO)

A student must be admitted as an in-state student (that is, paying resident fees to IU East), and the parent must meet (or have met) certain Indiana residency requirements.

  1. A FAFSA must be filed.
  2. An Application for Remission of Fees (available in our office and on CHE's website at www.in.gov/ssaci) must be certified by the Indiana Department of Veteran’s Affairs and submitted to our office.
  3. CVO is available to both degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students, enrolled in at least one credit hour.
  4. CVO for graduate students will be capped at undergraduate limits.
    • Graduate students who are receiving CVO under the current cap guidelines will be grandfathered in, provided they are currently enrolled and continue to be enrolled.
    • Students who do not enroll for a year or more will be subject to the new guidelines.

The award covers up to 124 credit hours of enrollment. Courses dropped after the 100% refund period in any term may be applied toward a student's CVO eligibility. CVO is designated for application towards the payment of tuition and fees.

If a student is awarded no other type of fee remission, CVO will cover all of a student’s tuition and mandatory fees. If a portion of a student’s tuition and fees are covered (e.g., by an O’Bannon Grant), CVO will pay the balance. If a student has another full fee remission, CVO cannot be used, since tuition and fees are already covered.

The award counts towards fulfilling a student’s overall need figure.

Separate instructions apply to children/spouses covered by the Indiana National Guard or public safety officer portion of the program; please visit http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2339.htm for further details.