Other Sources of Funding
Office of Student Financial Asisstance
For more information about Indiana University financial aid, please go to: http://www.indiana.edu/~sfa/
Indiana University Grad Grants Center
The Grad Grants Center provides Indiana University graduate students with training, one-on-one assistance with proposal writing, and a centralized area to access funding information for graduate fellowships, prizes, awards, independent projects, graduate scholarships, work cooperative programs, and research opportunities. For additional information, please contact:
Grad Grants Center
Main Library, Research Collection, Room 651
Bloomington, IN 47405
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Each year, the United States Department of Education awards Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to universities to promote the graduate training of students who intend to make their careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign cultures is a prerequisite for success. Approximately 800 FLAS Fellowships are distributed nationally, and generally five Indiana University programs—African Studies, East Asian Studies, Russian and East European Institute, Central Eurasian Studies, and Western European Studies—apply to Washington for institutional FLAS funding. Contact the appropriate program for information. A FLAS application is available at http://www.indiana.edu/~flas.
Residence Hall Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships are available in the Residential Programs and Services. These positions usually provide room, board, and either a fee scholarship, stipend, or both. Selection for these positions is based on undergraduate academic records and personal qualifications required for working with undergraduates who live in a residence hall setting. For further information, please contact:
Residential Program Services
801 North Jordan, 2nd Floor
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-1764 Fax: (812) 855-3287
Student Affairs Graduate Assistantships
Several offices in the student affairs division of Indiana University hire graduate assistants to perform various tasks. The location and availability of these awards vary from semester to semester. Graduate assistantships include the Alcohol-Drug Information Center, Student Activities Office, Career Development Center, Student Academic Center, Health and Wellness Education and Office of Student Financial Assistance. Remuneration for these positions varies, but normally includes a stipend and fee scholarship. The deadlines for applications range from February 1 to April 1. For application materials, please contact:
Division of Student Affairs
Franklin Hall 108
Bloomington, IN 47405
IU Educational Opportunity Fellowships (EOF)
Indiana University Educational Opportunity Fellowships are provided primarily to enable first-year graduate students, who are first-generation college attendees and/or whose economic backgrounds made educational pursuits particularly difficult, to begin graduate study. The application deadline for this award is January 13. The application must be submitted to the SPEA Masters Program Office (MPO) so that the Director can nominate applicants. For further description of this award, visit:
The Bonser Fellowship
Established by Glenn Montgomery, MSES 1977, to honor the accomplishments of SPEA's founding dean, Charles F. Bonser. Recognizes Bonser's entrepreneurial spirit and the contribution he made in the formation of the school. Criteria for the award include outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.
Special Fellowship Opportunities for the Public Finance Concentration
The Eads Fellowship provides financial assistance and support for one incoming graduate student each year in SPEA. Prospective recipients will satisfy the following criteria:
- S/he should express an interest in concentrating in public financial administration in the Master of Public Affairs program in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington
- S/he should express a strong interest in a career in public service
- S/he should be a citizen of the United States
- S/he should possess a superior academic record
For further information about the availability of and the criteria for an Eads Fellowship, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All U.S. citizens and permanent residents should apply annually for need-based aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 (the priority date), although applications after that date are considered. Many students rely on loans and part-time employment to fund their graduate education. Need-based aid may be used to supplement other assistance. The criteria to receive need-based aid for graduate students are different from the criteria used for undergraduate students. Students should complete the FAFSA after January 1 each year and as soon as they know they are considering going to graduate school. Admission is not required to complete this form, but no financial aid offer can be finalized until the student is admitted. The FAFSA can be completed online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
For additional information, visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance web site at http://www.indiana.edu/%7esfa/ or contact:
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Franklin Hall 208
601 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1223
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Many SPEA students will quality for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. As part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, individuals working in public service professions for ten years are eligible to have any remaining interest and principal forgiven. The borrower must have made 120 payments as part of the Direct Loan program in order to obtain this benefit.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness applies to Federal Direct Loans, including Ford Federal Direct, Federal Direct Grad PLUS and Federal Direct Consolidation Loans. Borrowers may consolidate into Direct Lending in order to qualify for this loan forgiveness program. Graduates who have already consolidated through the FFELP Federal Consolidation Loan Program may “reconsolidate” into a Direct Consolidation Loan to take advantage of this program.
More information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be found at http://www.finaid.org/loans/publicservice.phtml.
There are a variety of fellowships available to current SPEA students. You can find more information on these opportunities here.