Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.01
Liaison Andrew Predmore
Submission Date March 2, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.09 / 4.00 Kristin Brethova
Assistant Director of Sustainability
IU Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

Indiana University is the most affordable institution in the Big Ten network, and strives to keep tuition low for all students; in-state tuition has increased by less than 2% in recent years. 71% of incoming students receive financial aid, 18% are Pell Grant recipients, and 48% receive institutional grants or scholarships (average amount, $7,787). [Source: College Navigator]

In June 2015, the Trustees approved a tuition freeze on in-state tuition for the next two years. The freeze represents an expansion of the extensive tuition control efforts over the previous two years that have resulted in no increases for more than 18,000 IU students, while keeping increases for other students to their lowest levels in nearly 40 years. IU also has tripled the amount of institutional aid provided to undergraduate Indiana resident students through scholarships and grants over the past seven years and doubled the total amount of aid available to all students during that period. These efforts have helped undergraduates lower their student borrowing by $44 million -- or 16 percent -- in just the past two years. [http://news.iu.edu/releases/iu/2015/06/trustees-approve-tuition-recommendations.shtml]

Specifically for low-income students, Indiana University promotes several programs and fellowships to encourage underrepresented students to attend. The variety of cultures at the campus create a robust environment for all faculty, staff, and students. IU also makes available international programs and opportunities to study and become involved with many different cultures.

Selected fellowships, internships and scholarships are offered by:
-African American and African Diaspora Studies
-Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (CISAB/REU)
-Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
-Center for the Study of Global Change
-Colleges in Indiana
-Council of Graduate Schools
-Community and Schools Partnerships
-Diversity Education
-Enhancing Diversity, School of Education
-First Nations Educational & Cultural Center
-Gender Studies
-GradGrants Center
-Graduate Creative Writing Program
-Herbert Presidential Scholars
-HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiative
-Hudson Holland Scholars Program
-Hutton Honors College
-International Affairs, Office of the Vice President for
-IU GradGrants Center
-Latino/a Studies Program
-NASA-supported internships, fellowships, and scholarships
-National Science Foundation graduate school financial support opportunities
-National Science Foundation postdoc financial support opportunities
-Overseas Study, Office of
-Pathways to Science
-Precollege Programs at Indiana University
-Science Careers from the Journal Science: New Student and Institutional Support Programs
-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiative Summer Scholars Institute
-Twenty-First Century Scholars Program
-University Graduate School Diversity Resources
-University Graduate School GradGrants Center
-Vice President for International Affairs, Office of the


A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

Training programs are in place to equip faculty for any situations they may encounter working for DEMA (Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs). The 2009 Campus Diversity Committee's Annual report describes measures taken to provide training to employees that include working with the University Center for Excellence in Teaching (UCET) and the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) to develop a formal series of diversity awareness workshops and train a cadre of faculty in diversity awareness so that they can serve as mentors to new minority faculty as well as continue to train other faculty members in diversity awareness with the goal of creating an inclusive campus climate that respects difference.

The report also calls for developing a formal mentor training program through UCET so that all faculty assigned to mentor new colleagues have been trained in what is expected of them to make the mentoring experience more uniform across campus.

The full report can be found at:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

IU has created an office for College Readiness Initiatives. The primary mission of this office is to improve the performance of the Bloomington campus in retaining, educating, and graduating students, especially those from underrepresented and diverse populations. This office works to ensure the effectiveness of programs and services that are critical to student success. The office is home to the Community and School Partnership Program, which provides middle and junior high school students and their families the information and guidance they need to prepare for college. Services include help with selecting college-prep courses, preparing for standardized tests, selecting a college, and applying for admission and financial aid.


Once on campus, Indiana University offers a range of academic and other support services for students.

Organizations associated with such services include:
-Academic Support Centers
-Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Centers
-Admissions, Office of
-AGEP (Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) Program
-Bloomington-World Wide Friendship,Inc.
-Campus Life Division
-Commission on Multicultural Understanding
-Community Education Program
-Disabled Student Services
-Diversity Education Program
-Enhancing Diversity, School of Education
-Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services
-Groups Student Support Services
-Mentoring Services and Leadership Development, Office of
-Multicultural Initiatives, Office of
-Precollege Programs at Indiana University
-Racial Incidents Team
-Residential Programs and Services
-Student Financial Assistance, Office of
-Strategic Mentoring, Office of
-Student Academic Center
-Student Advocates
-Student Conduct Code
-Student Ethics & Anti-Harassment Programs
-University Graduate School
-Veterans Services
-Visitor Information Center
-Women's Affairs, Office for
-Writing Tutorial Services


A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

Selected scholarships include:

AMBI Scholarship in Science & Medicine
The AMBI Scholarship in Science & Medicine is a national scholarship program designed to recognize, reward, and support African-American and Hispanic women who have a genuine ambition to pursue careers as nurses, doctors, or chemists. These women are nontraditional students who may have taken a break from their academic careers but now desire to attend school while balancing a family, work, and other personal goals.

Boston University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
Boston University provides ten to twenty $4,500 awards for a ten-week research experience that supports undergraduate students for the summer. Fellowships are offered to promote access to graduate education to talented undegraduate students, especially among underrepresented minorities. These fellowships provide research projects supervised by Boston University faculty in engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, and psychology.

Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship
This award is presented in honor of the memory of Dalmas A. Taylor, who passed away during his term as President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). The fellowship is administered in conjunction with APA's Minority Fellowship Office, and provides an opportunity for a graduate student of color to work on public policy issues in Washington, DC.

Constance Holland Scholarship
The Constance Holland Scholarship is a $500, $250, and $100, non-renewable scholarship. Constance Holland was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She served as a Social Science and English instructor throughout her teaching tenure and retired from Bloomington High School South. She was a dynamic teacher named Indiana Teacher of the Year 1982. Among her many accomplishments, she held many national sorority positions and was a charter member of Kappa Tau Omega Chapter. This scholarship is in her honor. For more information, contact: Kappa Tau Omega, Scholarship Committee , P.O. Box 5007, Bloomington, IN 47407-5007.

Five Colleges Dissertation Fellowships
Five College Fellowships offer year-long residencies for doctoral students completing dissertations. The program supports scholars from under-represented groups and/or scholars with unique interests and histories whose engagement in the Academy will enrich scholarship and teaching. Normally, four fellowships are awarded each year. Each Fellow is hosted within an appropriate department or program at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, or Smith College. Fellows are provided research and teaching mentors and connected through the consortial office to resources and scholars across the five campuses, which include UMass Amherst.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Available at the pre-doctoral, dissertation and post-doctoral levels.

Gates Millennium Scholars
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.

Grice Marine Laboratory Summer Research in Marine Biology
The Fort Johnson Summer Research Fellowship Program is a ten-week program combining formal classroom work with independent research in areas of crucial concern for marine biologists today. The program is designed to provide undergraduate students with a modern research experience employing physiological, cellular, and molecular techniques to address questions in areas such as environmental bioindicators, algal physiology, acid-base physiology, respiratory physiology, immunology, population genetics, and evolutionary biology of marine organisms. Up to 10 fellowships are awarded each year through the cooperative efforts of the marine laboratories at Fort Johnson.

Hearst Minority Fellowships in Philanthropy
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation offers a paid internship to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, social enterprise, and other actors in the social sector. The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students is open to undergraduate and graduate students of color and is offered three times a year (fall, spring, and summer semesters) at the Aspen Institute's office in Washington, D.C.

Hispanic Fund Scholarships
Last year the Hispanic College Fund awarded $2 million to more than 615 students nationwide. More than 80 percent of the scholarships that were awarded were for students studying business, science, technology, engineering, and math. Each scholarship program has its own set of criteria. Each scholarship application site will state the full list of requirements for each program.

Institute for Broadening Partnerships
Students considering undergraduate summer research and/or applying to graduate school should explore opportunities available through the Institute for Broadening Partnerships (IBP). Postdoc listings for students getting ready to finish their doctorates are also available through the IBP.

IU Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (CISAB/REU)
The CISAB offers support for ten undergraduate students to participate in animal behavior research at Indiana University each summer. During the first two weeks, interns divide their time between group training activities and their home laboratory where they begin working out their research project. The group training activities include research seminar presentations, hands-on training in field and laboratory techniques (including a trip behind the scenes at the Indianapolis zoo) and a workshop in ethics. The remainder of the summer is focused on the conduct, analysis, and presentation of their research project. ÊBrief workshops are also offered on taking the graduate record examinations, applying to graduate school, and designing a power point presentation.

IU HBCU-STEM Summer Scholars Institute
The IU HBCU-STEM Summer Scholars Institute is an eight-week program held at the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses. It enrolls select HBCU and IU students who engage in continuous, substantive research at the Institute and their universities. Other activities include technical writing training, GRE preparation, and opportunities for colloquia with STEM Initiative faculty and professionals. Summer Scholars live in IU housing and receive a $4,000 stipend, plus room and board.

Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program
The nationally renowned Summer Student Program provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to conduct independent research under the guidance of staff scientists. The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, not-for-profit research institution. The laboratory's work is dedicated to the betterment of human health through research in mammalian genetics.

Meyerhoff Scholars Program
The Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County is a major initiative to increase the numbers of underrepresented students in science, engineering, and mathematics. Recruitment is conducted from among high-achieving science and math students across the nation, with in-depth screening. Students are offered a comprehensive, four-year scholarship program that includes tuition, books, room, board, and a Summer Bridge Program. The Meyerhoff Graduate Fellows Program promotes cultural diversity in the biomedical sciences at the graduate level.

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)
The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a paid summer fellowship designed to foster the entrance of talented students from diverse backgrounds within the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts into graduate school and faculty positions in U.S. colleges and universities. More broadly, the program seeks to increase the presence of minorities and others who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating racial disparities in graduate school and eventually in academic ranks. MURAP aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.

Morris K. Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship
The Morris K. Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship awards scholarships to sophomore- and junior-level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Scholarships are offered in any of three categories: (1) To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; (2) To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or (3) To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.

NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST)
The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Project, or MUST, funded by the NASA, is a joint partnership between the Hispanic College Fund, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. MUST awards scholarships and internships to undergraduates pursuing degrees in STEM fields.

Porter Physiology Fellowships for Minorities
Fellowships are available to support the training of talented minority students entering a career in physiology. The program encourages diversity among students pursuing full-time studies towards a graduate degree in the physiological sciences and to encourage their participation in the American Physiological Society.

Rotary Ambassadorial and World Peace Scholarships
Funded by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, these scholarships are designed to advance international understanding and goodwill and provide opportunities for international study in more than 160 countries where Rotary clubs are located. Some 1,000 scholarships will be available from clubs worldwide. Ambassadorial Scholarships, valued at approximately US$23,000, finance one academic year of study abroad, including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room, board, some educational supplies and language training (if necessary). Ambassadorial Scholarships may be awarded in virtually any field of study. Rotary World Peace Scholars study peace and conflict resolution at one of the Rotary Centers for International Studies located at eight universities worldwide. The World Peace Scholarship funds a master's degree or its equivalent in peace and conflict resolution, with course work focusing on the causes of conflict and strategies to promote peace and world understanding. Guidelines and applications for both programs may be downloaded from the Rotary International Web site at www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/139en.pdf and www.rotary.org/newsroom/downloadcenter/pdfs/083en.pdf.

University Graduate School Diversity Resources
Links to IU graduate fellowships and other fellowships for underrepresented students.

University Graduate School GradGrants Center
Publishes a Fellowships & Grants newsletter with IU and national opportunities for members of minorities groups.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research
For ten weeks, participants work full time with UW-Madison faculty and researchers in state-of-the-art research facilities. Potential areas of study include: bioenergy; cellular and molecular biology; computational biology and biostatistics; ecology, plants, and environmental systems; neurobiology; and virology. These six disciplinary clusters are intellectually woven together at weekly meetings in an interdisciplinary learning community through evolutionary theory and the research process. In addition to meeting with the interdisciplinary group, students prepare research proposals, final papers, and oral presentations summarizing their work.

The Urban Institute Summer Academy for Public Policy Analysis and Research
The Urban Institute Summer Academy is a unique and challenging program of skills-building, career development, and mentoring for minority undergraduates interested in careers in public policy research. The year-long fellowship begins with an intensive eight-week summer program on location at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, starting in June. The Urban Institute Summer Academy is free to students who are accepted. In addition, the program will provide students with round-trip transportation to Washington, DC; housing at nearby George Washington University dormitories, and a stipend.

Individual departments may also offer scholarships of fellowships, and can be found at: http://www.indiana.edu/~dema/resources/educ_fel.shtml

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

Many of the above programs provide incentives to recruit students from low-income backgrounds.

The Office of Scholarships actively recruits prospective students for the 21st Century Covenant, a need-based award for 21st Century Scholars that can provide funding up to a student's direct cost, minus EFC and other existing aid

Specific programs that can be used as outreach for low-income background groups include:

Groups Student Support Services Program: The Groups Program supports, retains, and increases the graduation rates of first- generation, low-income, and disabled students by helping them adjust to university life.

Herman C. Hudson & James P. Holland Scholars Program: The Hudson & Holland Scholars Program provides financial and educational support to academically talented undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented minority populations at IU Bloomington. HHSP focuses specifically on students pursuing degrees in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics.

Balfour Scholars Program: Supported by a grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the Balfour Scholars Program (BSP) is a free program for high school juniors designed to help cultivate student academic and career development as well as minimize misperceptions about affordability, unfamiliarity with higher education, and difficulties with cultural adjustment that prevent students from successfully matriculating and graduating from college.

Reach IU: High-ability sophomores stay overnight in the residence hall, targeting specific in-state key markets; program being reformatted to target African American males

21st Century Scholars Day: an annual scholars day, where Juniors come to campus and take workshops about college preparation and 21st Century Scholarship requirements

21st Century Scholars Workshop: a regionally-based workshop for 21st Century Scholars. The goal of these workshops will be to provide local scholars with essential 21st Century Scholars information in addition to general resources to jump start their path toward college and career success.

Marketing and communication efforts are also part of IU's outreach to low income students. Many of these initiatives are outlined in the Office of Enrollment Management's (OEM) Access and Affordability Strategic Plan titled "Awareness, Access, and Affordability," which includes a variety of action steps. Examples include:
the Office of Enrollment Management's "Mindset for Success" campaign was released in the fall of 2013 to reach out to 21st Century Scholar high school seniors with simplified messaging on cost and how to apply to Indiana University,
a process piece entitled "You Can Be IU" that is a guide for admission to IU,
succeed postcards targeted to underrepresented high school juniors and seniors that include success stories and mention scholarships,
a Financial Aid newsletter mailed to students and parents, and
social media information on affordability related topics using 12 Office of Enrollment Management social media platforms (such as Twitter and Facebook) that share articles and tips.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

The Group Scholars Program: This program is a support system for students who are low-income, first-generation, and/or physically challenged students at IU. http://www.indiana.edu/~groups/#home

Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

Osher Reentry Scholarship: Thanks to a generous gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Osher Reentry Scholarship provides assistance to undergraduate students who have experienced a cumulative gap of at least five or more years in their higher education, are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree, demonstrate financial need, anticipate participation in the workforce for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation, and show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining their degree. The annual award amount is $1250 for part-time students.

A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

Early Childhood Education Services (ECES) provides year round, high quality care and education to the children of Indiana University Bloomington faculty, staff and students. Their mission statement declares, "Our Commitment to high quality is demonstrated through strong campus support, child centered, active learning environments based on best practices and the use of degreed, master teachers. In addition to this service component, the IUB child care centers meet the academic mission of Indiana University by providing sites for student training and by serving as research sites for IUB faculty and students. Finally, the child care centers at IUB serve as model high quality, early education programs for the Bloomington community and the state of Indiana."

The office of Campus Child Care Support was established in 1996 through the recommendation of the IUB Campus Child Care Coalition with the support of student, faculty and staff organizations on the Bloomington campus. Funded through the Office of the Provost, Campus Child Care Support has a 3 part mission:
to oversee and coordinate all child care services on the Bloomington campus,
to provide a single point of entry for IUB students and employees seeking child care information and services on the Bloomington campus, and
to advocate for expansion and increased support for child care services on the Bloomington campus.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

IUB offers scholarships, academic resources, and parenting resources for adult/non-traditional students.

One such program is the Cox Access Scholars Program provides for hard-working, non-traditional, Indiana residents who are academically strong, have demonstrated financial need, have a commitment to employment, and have a cumulative gap of five years or more in their college education. Students selected as Cox Access Scholars earn a scholarship for 75% of the total cost of attendance, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

More Adult Student Resources can be found at: http://asr.indiana.edu/

In addition, IUB offers a variety of Continuing and Online Education services, including lifelong learning programs, continuing nondegree programs, nondegree undergraduate enrollment, alumni programs, and online degree programs both high school and college degrees. http://www.iub.edu/academic/continuing.shtml

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):

On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students (0-100):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

A new program beginning in Fall 2013 shows affordability initiatives for students. http://affordability.iu.edu

Information about affordability and student loan debt at IUB is available on:
- Office of Admissions – admit.indiana.edu
- Office of Scholarships – scholarships.indiana.edu
- First Year Experience – fye.indiana.edu
- Student Central on Union – studentcentral.indiana.edu

Additional information about student financial literacy is available from the Indiana University Office of Financial Literacy at http://moneysmarts.iu.edu/.

Additional Website for graduation statistics: https://www.iu.edu/~uirr/doc/reports/standard/trustees/Spring/2014/BOT_Spring_2014.pdf

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.