Students Seeking Immediate Funds

Many students face financial needs during the semester in which they are currently enrolled. Our office understands the burden that this may cause, and we will do our best to support you. However, most grants require applicants to apply several months to a year in advance of when they need the money. This can pose difficulties for students who are looking for more immediate funds to support living, medical, and/or academic expenses. 

For such students, this page is meant to serve as a guide to available alternatives on the IU Bloomington campus to meet short-term funding needs. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and merely constitutes the resources we are currently aware of. We will update this page as new information about potential assistance comes into our office.

Student Advocate's Office

The IU Student Advocates Office may be able to provide limited emergency funding (up to $500) for expenses such as flying home for a death in the family or severe weather causing an unusually high utility bill. The Student Advocates Office may also be able to help you file financial aidtuition and fees, or residential programs and services appeals depending on your circumstances.


Office of International Services

International students who need financial assistance may apply for a need-based scholarship through Atlas throughout the year. The amounts of the awards vary from $500 to $2,000 (or more, in rare cases), depending on the level of need and the availability of funds. Decisions are generally made within two weeks of when the application is submitted, and the scholarships are posted directly to students’ bursar accounts. Students can apply for this scholarship by completing an e-form.

Office of Financial Wellness and Education

If you are unsure of your options and would like someone to help guide you through your financial situation, the Office of Financial Wellness and Education invites you to schedule a 1:1 appointment with one of their Student Financial Educators. They can help you navigate through your financial situation and give you tools to handle future financial stressors.