First Steps

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What offices at IUB are most important for me to get to know?

In addition to the IUB schools, you may need to use the services of many offices on campus.  Listed below are a few.

The Office of the Bursar  is responsible for collecting university fees and departmental charges from students.  So, if you owe a library bill or a housing fee, for example, you will be dealing with the bursar’s office.  However, the Office of the Bursar does not handle financial aid or scholarships.  (See The Office of Student Financial Assistance, below.)

The Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS) works with students to help offset limitations of disability in the classroom and on campus. DSS can assist you in arranging academic accommodations for coursework and exams, coordinating van service for transportation to and from campus, or connecting you with an on-campus mentor. No matter what type of disability you have - physical, invisible, or temporary due to accident or injury, DSS can help you make the most of your IU academic experience.

Office of Overseas Study facilitates the IU study abroad experiences of over 3,000 students on all eight Indiana University campuses, giving more than $100,000 in need and merit-based scholarships annually. It offers exceptional programs and provides guidance to help students integrate study abroad into their academic plans and graduate on time.

The Office of the Registrar handles all class scheduling and registration. The registrar’s website is where you can find course lists, schedules and calendars. If you wanted to register for summer classes, for example, you would start at the registrar’s homepage.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance guides you through traditional forms of state aid, such as grants and loans.  For example, if you are receiving a Pell grant or have taken out a loan from a bank, you will be working with this office. If, however, you are the recipient of a scholarship, you must be in touch with the sponsors of the scholarship: the Office of Student Financial Assistance does not offer that kind of support.