Frank O’Bannon Grant

$650–$9,200Award Amount
1Number of Awards
5/20/2023Submission Deadline

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education designed this grant program to provide financial support for Indiana students to attend tertiary institutions. The grant is Indiana’s primary need-based financial aid program. It includes the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award.

The only application required for the grant is the FAFSA. Applicants will be considered based on financial need, without consideration of academic performance. The grant may be used to cover tuition costs and regularly assessed fees.

High school graduates and GED holders are eligible to apply. Every year, recipients will be awarded between $650 to $9,200.

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Frank O’Bannon Grant Timeline

February 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on February 15.

May 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on May 15.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: High School Graduate – Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Indiana
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Financial Information

How to ace the Frank O’Bannon Grant


Complete the FAFSA with a mentor

Have a mentor assist you with filling out the FAFSA. This could be a student who has submitted one previously or someone who has experience with grading such applications.


Apply early

Complete your application and submit it early before the deadline. If there is any change in your financial situation, you can make updates to the application after submission.


Browse the FAQ section

Visit the grant website and go through the frequently asked questions. You'll find useful information to help with your application.


Earn extra credits

Students, who perform above the requirements, will be rewarded with student performance incentives in addition to the grant. Students can earn at least $900 extra and up to 100% of their grant if they complete extra credits.

How the Frank O’Bannon Grant is Judged

Applicants will be selected for scholarships based on their financial need as shown on their FAFSA and the amount of financial support they expect to receive from their families.

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Scholarships are renewable

The scholarship will be renewed for another academic session if the recipient completes a minimum of 24 credit hours during the first year of receiving the scholarship.


Students may attend any institution

Students may apply if they attend a public, private, proprietary, or Ivy Tech school. While the institution type affects the scholarship amount awarded, students from any of these institutions will be considered for scholarships.


Students may study any course

Recipients of the grant may study any course of their choice at the university. Students may be enrolled for either an associate degree or a first bachelor's degree.

5 Facts About Frank O'Bannon Grant


Applicants must be Indiana residents

Applicants must be legal residents of Indiana by December 31 of the year before their application.


Applicants must be full-time students

Recipients of this scholarship are required to be enrolled for full-time study at the university throughout the duration of their scholarship.


The grant covers summer study

In select cases, students may be allowed to use the grant to cover the cost of part-time study during the summer.


Recipients must meet SAP requirements

Each year, recipients of this grant must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements at their school to have their scholarship renewed.


Students who miss the deadline may appeal

Students, who miss the FAFSA submission deadline, may submit an appeal to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education's Appeal Committee to waive the deadline, providing their reasons.

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