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Tuition Free Guarantee

As part of the Indiana State Advantage, certain students are eligible for the Tuition-Free Guarantee.


Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Tuition-Free Guarantee:

  • First time, full-time student entering in Fall 2022 and beyond
  • High School GPA 2.75+ as determined by your final high school transcript (beginning Fall 2023)
  • Pell-eligible as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Legal resident of the state of Indiana
  • Legal resident of the state of Illinois (beginning Fall 2023)
  • Legal resident of the state of Kentucky, Ohio, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or Wisconsin (beginning Fall 2024)
  • Degree seeking student (excluding those enrolled in distance education programs)
  • Enrolled full-time (12 hours+) on the 7th day of the semester
  • Admitted to ISU by April 15
  • Filed a completed FAFSA by April 15
  • Financial aid file must be complete

How is the amount of the Tuition-Free Guarantee determined?

  • The amount is the difference between full-time tuition and federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships.  This amount may be adjusted as ISU becomes aware of other grant or scholarship eligibility of the student. 
  • The value may vary from year to year.

Is the Tuition-Free Guarantee renewable?

  • May be renewed for 8 consecutive semesters as long as the student continues to meet the above eligibility criteria, maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and files the FAFSA by April 15th each year.

2023-2024 Example: 

Tuition *  $9,712
Federal Pell Grant $4,000
Institutional Scholarships $3,000
Tuition-Free Guarantee $2,712

*Tuition only, excludes mandatory fees or other course/lab fees. Example is for an Indiana resident.

  • Eligibility for the Tuition-Free Guarantee will be determined by Indiana State University and is subject to modification based on additional information, a change in circumstances, or other reason. The information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and does not create a binding legal obligation.

Updated on 02/09/2022




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