Tuition, Financial Aid, and Finances

At Indiana University, making education accessible and affordable is important to us.

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Indiana University strives to offer affordable online programs and to provide the resources and support you need to navigate this part of your educational journey. Here you'll find information about financial aid and costs for IU’s online programs, as well as tools you can use to help you manage your finances.

Indiana University strives to offer affordable online programs. Tuition and fees are assessed based on the number of credits that you take each term. So, your costs can vary from semester to semester. Costs can also vary based on your academic program, your residency status, and the specific courses that you take.

If you are an online student and you currently reside in Indiana, contact the bursar's office at the campus offering the course for more information about online course refund policies. If you are an online student and you currently reside in a state other than Indiana, you may be subject to state-specific refund policies. Contact for more information.

Distance Education Fee

Indiana University charges a $30 per credit hour distance education fee for online courses. The fee supports:

  • Academic Program Development. Development and maintenance of online courses and programs, including market analysis, collaborative program development, instructional design, technical support, and quality assurance. This allows you to benefit from a high-quality curriculum.
  • Student Services. Admissions, financial aid, boarding, coaching, tutorial, and career services. This enhances your success and promotes student retention.
  • Compliance. Compliance with standards and regulations imposed by accreditors and federal and state laws. This allows you to benefit from academic integrity and best practices across the university.
  • Marketing and Recruitment. University-wide web portal to all Indiana University programs and classes. 24/7 customer service. Marketing promotions and outreach. Customer relationship management system. You benefit from the continued growth of online programs and services.

Individual campuses may also charge fees in order to support campus-specific efforts to ensure the success of students engaged in online education.

There are a number of different financial aid resources that you can explore to help fund your studies with IU Online, including scholarships, grants, and student loans. Financial aid packages are often a combination of many types of aid, and we encourage you to consider all resources to help make your education as affordable as possible. Visit our other pages to learn more about options for undergraduate and graduate students.

There’s more to being a student than just tuition and fees. Indiana University has tools to help you evaluate and plan for your other expenses, develop your financial management skills, and make informed decisions about student borrowing. Click here for more.

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