COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Students

Indiana University Bloomington COVID-19 - Financial Assistance for Students

Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) was awarded $12 million from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist students who meet the funding qualifications and are experiencing financial hardships caused by the pandemic. We are no longer accepting applications because we have received enough applications to deplete the CARES Act funding granted to IUB.

If you have already applied for emergency funding and have a question or concern about your request, please email us at vpsa@indiana.edu. Please know our response time is slower due to the volume of calls and emails we are receiving. We thank you for your patience.

If you or a student you care about is struggling, please consider completing a Care Referral.


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Indiana University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to receive funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to the Department of Education. By doing so, the university assures no less than 50 percent of the funds will be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The Bloomington campus of Indiana University received $12,286,461 to provide Emergency Grants to students.

As of Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act at IU Bloomington is $11,450,029.

The total number of students who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, who could be eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, is approximately 21,500. As of Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 12,209 applications have been received and 8,356 have been reviewed and awarded funds.

IUB used an application method to distribute grants to students. Through multiple communications from March – May 2020, students were encouraged to apply for emergency funds. These communications (from both the Provost and Vice Provost offices) included instructions for how to apply if students had faced disruption due to COVID-19 including the requirement of a completed FASFA to determine eligibility. Applicants were encouraged to apply based on their need with a maximum award of $1500. Additional guidance provided to students can be found below.

Emergency Funding Eligibility Requirements

COVID-19 emergency aid will be awarded in accordance with federal, state and institutional regulations.

CARES Act Funding Eligibility

  • Students must meet Title IV federal student aid guidelines, which is demonstrated by completing a Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA).
  • Students need to have been enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Students who were not enrolled in an exclusively online distance education program prior to March 23, 2020.

Per Federal guidelines, International, DACA students and students enrolled in fully online programs are not eligible for CARES Act funding.

Other IU COVID-19 Emergency Funding Grants

Students who are not eligible for CARES Act Funding will automatically be considered to receive other emergency grant aid if they were enrolled in classes at IUB in the Spring 2020 semester. 

Apply here

Award Amounts

Awards will be based on need and will be evaluated for funding. Awards will average from $500 - $1500. Funds awarded are grants to students and do not require repayment.