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By Learn More Indiana

We all agree—college is expensive. But did you know that Indiana is actually one of the most generous states when it comes to providing financial aid for students? The problem is that hardly anyone seems to know that, so they assume they won’t qualify for any type of financial aid or scholarship.

Enter Learn More Indiana (that’s us!) We’re here to help spread awareness of all the financial assistance and benefits that exist to help people explore their options after high school. And with Veteran’s Day being this week, we figured it’s the perfect time to write about the seven financial aid scholarships for Indiana veteran children and families.

Indiana college scholarships for veterans, public safety officers and their children

  1. Child of Deceased or Disabled Veteran: Provides up to 100 percent tuition and regularly assessed fees at Indiana public college and universities for children of veterans who served in the armed forces during a time of war, was recognized by the award of a service or campaign medal, or who suffered a service-connected death or disability.

  2. Children of Purple Heart Recipient or Wounded Veteran: Provides up to 100 percent of tuition and regularly assessed fees at Indiana public college and universities for students who are children of a person who served in the armed forces of the United States and received the Purple Heart decoration or was wounded as a result of enemy action, among other requirements.

  3. Children and Spouse of Indiana National Guard: The Commission offers a supplement to other state grants by covering 100 percent of tuition and regularly assessed fees at Indiana public college and universities for students who are the child or spouse of a member.

  4. Indiana Purple Heart Recipient: Provides up to 100 percent of tuition and regularly assessed fees for students at Indiana public college and universities who received the Purple Heart decoration or was wounded as a result of enemy action.

  5. National Guard Tuition Supplement Grant: Through a partnership with the Indiana National Guard, the Commission guarantees 100 percent of tuition and regularly assessed fees at Indiana public college and universities for eligible members of the Indiana Air and Army National Guard. Students can attend either fulltime or part-time and receive the National Guard Tuition Supplement Grant (NGSG) but can only be used in the fall and spring semesters.

  6. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home: The Commission offers a supplement to other state grants by guaranteeing 100 percent of tuition and regularly assessed fees at Indiana public college and universities for students who are former students and/or graduates of Morton Memorial High School and former residents of the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home (ISSCH).

  7. Children and Spouse of Public Safety Officers: Provides up to 100 percent of tuition and regularly assessed fees at Indiana public college and universities for students who are children or spouses of certain Indiana public safety officers (PSO) killed in the line of duty or permanently disabled state troopers.

You can apply for any of the scholarships listed above online via ScholarTrack.in.gov (or by clicking the “Apply Now” button below). All state financial aid requires that you have a current FAFSA on file, so be sure to file yours by the state’s April 15 deadline.

Not sure what the FAFSA is or how to file? Check out our blog titled, “What is FAFSA?” for help.

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