EAS X429 Costs and Funding Opportunities

How much does X429 cost?
Costs Nonresident Indiana Resident Notes
 2019 Estimated Tuition   $3,000  $1,800  2019 Tuition is still TBD, but should be very close to these amounts.
 2019 Fees  $3,450  $3,450  
 Average personal food expenses for 9 days of caravan travel  $225  $225  
 Total cost before scholarships and/or driver salary  $6,675  $5,475  Bursar will bill for all of these except the caravan food expenses.
Cost Reduction Opportunities
Funding Source Nonresident Indiana Resident Notes
  Scholarships   $500 to $2,500  $500 to $2,500   In 2019 we will give out 60 scholarships with an average amount of $1,250.
 2019 Average Cost
  Non-Driver   $5,425  $4,225
  Driver   $4,775  $3,575  
 Potential Minimum Cost   $3,525  $2,325  
 NOTES: With the exception of the travel costs to Bloomington, IN or Rapid City, SD and travel from Bozeman, MT to Bloomington and/or your home location, the costs listed above are "all inclusive" for most students. Some students will have extra costs listed below. You will also have opportunities for discretionary spending in the towns and National Parks you visit.

Additional Costs for Some Students

  • Return Caravan: $50.00 – Covers the cost of hotels for those returning with the caravan to Bloomington. Bursar will invoice.
  • Parking on IU Bloomington campus: TBA – Covers the cost of a parking garage permit if you plan to drive to Bloomington and leave your car on campus during the field course. Bursar will invoice.
  • Dorm on IU Bloomington campus: $50.40 – Covers the cost of a dorm room for the night before the caravan departs for the Field Station. Bursar will invoice.

Scholarships and Employment

For more details about scholarships see:

For more details about employment as a driver see:

Students who have driven in past years tell have told us that being a driver did not negatively impact their academic performance.

Billing, Payment, and Withdrawal Reimbursement Information

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For the Withdrawl Reimbursement Calendar please email

contact information

department of earth and atmospheric sciences
indiana university
1001 e. 10th st. bloomington in 47405

phone: 812-855-1475


field station address:
633 s. boulder road, cardwell, montana 59721
phone: 406-287-3323