There are several scholarships for returning adult and Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) students. In most cases, it is necessary to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to the scholarship application. Please note that the priority deadline for the FAFSA is March 10 every year. For more information about the FAFSA and the financial aid process at IUB, please visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Scholarships specifically for BLS students
Other non-BLS-specific scholarship opportunities
Please note that the scholarship opportunities below all have different application deadlines, most of which are prior to March 10th:
- Cox Access Scholarships enable qualified returning adult learners, with a cumulative gap of five years or more in their education, to be full-time students and part-time employees.
- Indiana Women's Education Foundation offers scholarships for women in a variety of fields of study and life circumstances. Check out their website for more information and the application.
- PEO Scholarships are available to women who have had a gap of 24 consecutive months in their education and are within 24 consecutive months of completing their degree. The application is due at least ten weeks prior to the start of the semester. For more information and the scholarship application, contact Lou Moir at email@example.com.
- Psi Iota Xi offers scholarships for women entering or returning to college who have demonstrated financial need and academic potential. Applications may be obtained from a BLS advisor.
Information regarding additional IU and external financial resources for students can be found on the Additional Financial Resources page.
Federal tax breaks for students
Check the IRS website for information on tax credits and deductions to help you pay for your degree. For example, the Lifetime Learning Credit and the new American Opportunity Tax Credit are both described. In addition, information on tuition deductions of up to $4,000 annually and interest deductions for student loans are also explained.