Paying for AU
Thinking about attending AU but not sure you can afford it? Figuring out how to pay for the education you want can be confusing and stressful. We've identified seven steps you can take to make that process easier. But the key is to start early!
- Step 1. The first place to start is AU's Scholarship Calculator. You can easily check the level of academic scholarship you'll likely receive. These scholarships can dramatically reduce the sticker price.
- Step 2. Check with your county's community foundation. Many provide scholarships to students in local high schools. These scholarships are often easier to obtain, and the foundation officials will often help you with the application process.
- Step 3. Apply for scholarships that are targeted toward students with an interest in political science.
- If you’re a high school senior, consider entering the GWCF National Scholarship Competition or the National Foundation for Women Legislators/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest. You should also apply for the Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship.
- If you’re a college sophomore or junior, consider applying for the Eisenhower Endowed Scholarship or the Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship.
- Step 4. Check out other scholarship resources. You may be surprised by the number of scholarships for which you are eligible.
- Step 5. Make sure you complete your FAFSA each year before the spring deadline. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for state and federal financial aid. For Indiana residents, to be considered for Indiana state grants your FAFSA must be received by March 10.
- Step 6. Contact Student Financial Services. This site contains a lot of helpful information and guides you through the process of applying for financial aid at AU. Don’t hesitate to talk with a financial aid counselor with any questions or concerns you have.
- Step 7. Investigate loan forgiveness programs. Certain organizations will repay a portion of your Federal loans in exchange for a certain number of years of service in their program upon graduation. Check out AmeriCorps, Teacher Loan Forgiveness, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and Perkins Loans Cancellation Eligibility. You may be able to take advantage of one of these programs upon graduation.
Questions on any of these steps? Feel free to contact Heather Imel, our Administrative Assistant, who will help you find the information you need. She can be reached at (765) 641-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.