2023-2024 Catalog


Financial Information - College of Arts and Sciences

Tuition and Fees

It has always been the intent of Indiana Wesleyan University to keep the benefits of education within the financial possibilities of all who wish to attend. This is done by charging the student less than the actual cost and by using numerous financial assistance programs.


Tuition charges include all academic services, except those that require special fees, as listed on the Student Account Services Account Information Brochure.

Charges are based on the total number of credit hours per semester. The same rate applies to day and night classes. Special rates may apply to May term and Summer Sessions.

Students taking six or more credit hours may qualify for financial aid and should contact the Financial Aid Office.

The total cost of tuition depends on the total number of credit hours (either day or night classes) taken per semester, as follows (for the 2023/2024 school year):

Number of Credit Hours

Cost Per Semester























12 - 17


Credit hours above 17 per semester will be charged at $1,115 per credit hour.



Art & Design Studio Courses Varies by course
Athletic Training ATR-196 Fee $25 per course

Athletic Training Program Fee $355 total for traditional 4 year student
  ATR-501 & ATR-503 (1st Year & 2nd Year Course Fee)
 $1,000 per course

Behavioral Sciences

PSY-150 Fee $32 per course
  PSY-290 Fee $25 per course

PSY-291 Fee (Trip Fee) $60 per course


ADC-291 Fee (Trip Fee) $125 per course


PSY-210 (Psychology Art Supplies

$25 per course


SWK-661 (MSW Technology Fee)

$195 per course
  SWK-291 (Urban Encounter Trip Fee)
 $75 per course

ADC-463 (Licensing Exam Fee) $150 per course
Education Student Teaching Fee $25 per credit hour


Practicum Fee

$25 per credit hour


Cross-cultural Student Teaching Fee




Teacher Education Technology Fee - Courses Vary $75 per course


Intercultural Engagement Fee $15 per course
  New Student Orientation Fee $180 per student


Independent Learning Fee $100 per credit hour
  Transcript Fee Varies per request
  Annual TB Test $10


Physical Examination $30
  Criminal Background Check $30
  Audit (Record is made) $25 per credit hour


Wildcat Academy (High School Program) $50 per credit hour (Onsite)
  Wildcat Academy (High School Program)  $150 per credit hour (Online)


Graduate Student Graduation Fee $85


Portfolio Fee



Life Experience

$35 per credit hour


Other Assessment

$40 per credit hour


Credit by Examination $25 per credit hour
 Music MUS-342 Fee (Junior Recital) $300 per course
  MUS-442 Fee (Senior Recital) $300 per course
  Private Lessons - 1/2 hour $175 per semester
  Private Lessons- 1 hour $300 per semester
  Music Uniform Fee $30 per semester
  MUS-166 Marching Band $50 per course
 Nursing Nursing/Clinical Fee $40 per credit hour
  Nursing/Lab Fee $75 per course
  Nursing ATI Testing Fee  $1,540
  Testing fees will be assessed to student accounts on a semester basis.  Please contact the Nursing office to determine if you will have a testing fee for the current semester.  
 Science Natural Lab Science Fee Varies by course
  BIO-414 Fee (Cadaver Lab Fee) $200 per course
  Medical Laboratory Technology $30 per semester
  EXS-347L (Exercise Science Program Fee) $300 per course
  PHE-135 Fee $98 per course
  PHE-230 CPR and First Aid Certification Fee $50 per course

*For additional information, please visit the Student Accounts office or call 765-677-2411

Room Cost

Room charges for the 2023/2024 school year are $2,673 per semester. This cost covers the periods of time while school is in session, per the approved university calendar.

Summer Housing Charges - There is a charge for all students living in campus housing. One may contact the Student Account Services, CAS, for the charge for summer. Arrangements for summer housing must be made in the Student Development Office.

Meal Plan Cost

Full meal charges for the 2023/2024 school year are $2,604 per semester.

The above charges cover the time when school is in session, per the approved university calendar. No refunds will be given for meals missed unless approved by Student Development. All arrangements for meal plans must be made in the Student Development Office.

Estimated Costs


2023-2024 Per Semester

2023-2024 Per Academic Year

Tuition (full-time student)



Room (would not apply to commuter students)



Board - Full Meal Plan (would not apply to commuter students)






($15,584 per semester for a full-time commuting student)

Special fees, books, supplies, travel, and personal expenses are additional.

Payment Terms

Students enrolled in Fall Semester 2023 must have an approved payment plan in place, or pay their bill in full by July 31, 2023. Likewise, students enrolled in Spring Semester 2024 must have an approved payment plan in place, or pay their bill in full by December 15, 2023. Exceptions to these deadlines are possible only if financial aid is still pending, as long as all requested information has been submitted. If all requested documents have not been submitted to the Financial Aid Office by July 31st or December 15th, the remaining balance is due immediately.

Payment Options

You may choose one, all, or any combination of the following:

PLAN ONE: Pay net amount due by July 31st for the fall semester or by December 15th for the spring semester. Net amount due represents total charges, less any scholarships, grants, or campus- administered loans confirmed by the Financial Aid Office. IWU accepts VISA, DISCOVER, MASTERCARD and AMERICAN EXPRESS. Online payments may be paid through the secure student portal by selecting ‘Pay on My Account’ located in the student account information. Please note: Effective July 1, 2014 a 2.5% convenience fee will be assessed with all credit card payments.

PLAN TWO: Pay net amount using any Federal Direct Loan or Parent PLUS loan. All paperwork must be received in the Financial Aid Office by July 1 for the fall or December 15 for the spring. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

PLAN THREE: Enroll in a tuition payment plan that spreads net amount due over each semester. IWU partners with Official Payments to offer the multiple tuition payment plans noted in the chart below. Spring tuition payment plans can be arranged at the same time as fall tuition payment plans or immediately prior to spring semester.

Payment Plan

Payment Plan
Enrollment Dates

1st Payment
Due Date




6 month plan

5/01/2023 to 6/30/2023


5 month plan

5/01/2023 to 7/31/2023


4 month plan

5/01/2023 to 10/01/2023





6 month plan

5/01/2023 to 1/15/2024


5 month plan

5/01/2023 to 1/15/2024


4 month plan

5/01/2023 to 1/15/2024



Refund of Tuition

Registration is an agreement between the student and the university. If a student withdraws, a refund may be given, depending upon the period of time that has elapsed from the beginning of the semester. Refunds apply to those completely withdrawing from school, not to those who drop a course.

Notice about Withdrawal

Students must contact the Registration and Academic Services Office to withdraw from classes if they are unable to secure funding for their college expenses. The Registration and Academic Services Office must be notified before the first two weeks of the semester in order to receive 100% refund. If a student does not formally withdraw through the Registration and Academic Services Office, grades of “F” will be given for the semester. The following table reflects the percentage/amount of refund allowable to those who completely withdraw from school.

Tuition and Fee

Tuition Refund

Room Refund

During the first week



During the second week



During the third week



During the fourth week



During the fifth week



No refunds after the fifth week.

*Special fees, such as private lesson fees, are refundable according to the same percentages as tuition.

Refund of Meal Plan

Board charges are pro-rated each day based on date of total withdrawal. No board refunds will be given after December 1 for the fall semester or April 1 for the spring semester.

Scholarships and other forms of financial aid are taken into consideration when refunds are calculated and are pro-rated according to program restrictions.

Appeal Process

A written appeal may be submitted to Student Account Services. The charges being appealed will be reviewed and voted on by the Appeals Committee.  Students will receive a written response once the committee has come to a decision.

Financial Policies

Students are advised of financial obligations for their degree seeking (core) program during the registration process. Students are expected to meet these obligations according to the schedule. Any questions regarding payments or problems associated with making those payments should be directed to Student Account Services.

Students who have applied for financial aid are responsible for all tuition and fees in the event it is determined they are ineligible for financial aid, decline the financial aid, or withdraw from the program prior to completing the academic award period. Students receiving military or corporate assistance who have received prior approval from the university for direct billing are required to pay their share of tuition and fees and submit appropriate assistance documents by the assigned due date. The deferral program in no way relieves the student of the financial obligation to the university and the student retains full responsibility for ensuring that all tuition and fees are paid in full and in a timely manner.
Indiana Wesleyan University reserves the right to suspend students from class attendance for failure to meet financial obligations.
Indiana Wesleyan University reserves the right to change the tuition and fee schedule at any time. There will be a fee charged for any check returned due to non-sufficient funds. If collection of tuition, book charges, and/or fees becomes necessary, all percentage-based costs of collection, court costs, and attorney fees are the responsibility of the student.


Financial Regulations for Individuals Covered by Chapter 31 or Chapter 33

For purposes of this policy, a covered individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or Chapter 33, Post-9/11 benefits. 
Any covered individual may enroll in or attend a course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (A “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) website – eBenefits, or a VA Form 28-1905 for chapter 31 authorization purposes can substitute a Certificate of Eligibility) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  • The date on which payment from VA is made to Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU)
  • 90 days after the date IWU certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility

Indiana Wesleyan University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

IWU requires the following actions on the part of any covered individual:

  • Submit the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for entitlement to educational assistance no later than the first day of the course of education.
  • Provide any additional information necessary to the proper certification of enrollment by IWU.
  • All standard financial policies apply for any amount not covered by the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) – i.e. charges not covered, or percentage of fees in excess of the COE.


Financial Aid

General Information - CAS and Pre-licensure Nursing Financial Aid

The role of financial aid at Indiana Wesleyan University is to help make a quality Christian education affordable to each and every student.

Criteria for Aid: All full-time, admitted students attending Indiana Wesleyan University Marion campus will be considered for institutional aid. Students are not required to file the FAFSA to receive academic scholarships, but are encouraged to file in order to be eligible for additional institutional, federal and state financial aid based upon financial need. For the purposes of student financial aid, “need” is defined as the difference between the total cost of education and the amount a family may be expected to contribute toward that education (as defined by the FAFSA). Federal, state, and institutional financial aid are intended to assist those students who have not already earned a first baccalaureate degree.

Types of Aid: Student financial aid can be classified under four major headings: scholarships, grants, loans, and work programs.

Scholarships and grants are both forms of aid that do not have to be repaid. The term “scholarship” usually is applied to an award that recognizes academic achievement or promise. Grants are typically based on financial need.

Loans and work programs are forms of self-help aid. Student loans often contain desirable features such as deferred payments during periods of schooling, low interest rates, interest subsidies, or provisions for working off the loan obligation through future service in a particular profession. Work assignments connected with the student aid program consist of part-time jobs which are typically on-campus.

Applying for Aid: All students desiring financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15th. It is available on the Web at fafsa.gov. After evaluation by the Financial Aid Office, this information is used to determine the kinds and amounts of need-based aid for which the student qualifies.

Calendar for Financial Aid

April 15 - Deadline for all students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

August 1 - Deadline for financial aid forms, documents, and loan applications.

July 31 - Deadline to make payment arrangements.

Awarding of Aid: Once application forms begin to arrive in the Financial Aid Office, notices are sent to make applicants aware of any missing forms or to request additional information that may be required. Additional documents must be provided by the date specified in the letter. Without these documents, financial aid can be accurately awarded. All financial forms are thoroughly reviewed, and the Financial Aid Office communicates with the student or parents to resolve any significant questions. When the financial aid award has been made, the student is notified via the Financial Aid Award Letter or email notification.

The aid package offered to an applicant consists of a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, or work, depending upon the recipient’s aid eligibility. If an aid package includes certain kinds of federal assistance, the sum total of the individual need-based awards cannot exceed the student’s calculated financial need. Also, the total of awards that apply only to tuition/fees is limited to the amount of standard tuition/fee charges. While student aid awards are committed for the whole school year, just one-half the amount of each scholarship, grant, or loan is applied to the student’s account each semester.

Failure to register at the beginning of a semester, or enrollment for fewer than the required number of credit hours, automatically cancels all awards for the semester. A financial aid recipient who officially withdraws from the university or drops below the required number of credit hours during the refund period of a semester will have an adjustment made in the student aid package. Copies of the university’s Packaging Policy are available upon request.

Institutional financial aid cannot exceed a student's direct cost. This includes academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, endowed scholarships, grants, and awards.

Some forms of Indiana State Aid require students to complete 30 credit hours per year for full renewal. If you have questions please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Requirements for Receiving Aid: In order to qualify for all federal funds with the exception of a Federal Pell Grant, a student must be enrolled at least half-time. A student is classified as half-time if registration is for a minimum of six credit hours per semester or a total of six credit hours during the summer sessions. Institutional and state scholarships and grants, however, require full-time enrollment (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester). In addition, Pell Grant, FSEOG, state aid programs, and most forms of institutional aid require that the student does not have a previous baccalaureate degree. Financial aid recipients are required to maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree in their chosen course of study. The institutional Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy outlines the specific details of this requirement. Any student receiving an institutional grant award is expected to maintain an acceptable citizenship record.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards earning a degree as stipulated below to receive financial aid at IWU from all institutional, federal and state student aid grants, Work Study and loan programs as well as tuition waivers. Some additional grants and scholarships may also use part or all of the SAP standards as minimum criteria for funding eligibility.

REVISED effective September 2017

Undergraduate Programs

Total Hours Earned and Recognized by IWU for Degree Consideration from All institutions




Minimum Cumulative GPA




Minimum Pass Rate Percentage of Total Hours Successfully Completed (Measured as Hours Earned ÷ Hours Attempted)




Maximum Total Credit Hours or Time Allowed to Complete Current Primary Degree Requirements

150% of the specific degree programs published length

Satisfactory Academic Progress will be measured at the end of each semester. Students who fail to meet the minimum policy standards will be placed on SAP Suspension. Aid eligibility will resume when the student raises his or her cumulative academic measurements to the required levels or has a SAP Appeal approved. SAP suspension may be appealed if unusual and/or mitigating circumstances affected academic progress. Such circumstances may include a severe illness or injury to the student or an immediate family member, the death of a student's relative, student activation into military service or other circumstances as deemed appropriate for consideration by the SAP Appeals Committee.

To appeal, the student must submit a legible letter, a completed SAP Appeal Form and supporting documentation to the IWU Financial Aid Office. These must explain in detail why the student failed to meet the minimum academic standards, what unusual and/or mitigating circumstances contributed to the failure and how his or her situation has changed to allow the student to meet SAP requirements by the next calculation. Appeals must be received by the Financial Aid Office no later than 15 business days before the end of the term for which reinstatement is desired. We highly encourage students to appeal before the term or semester begins. A committee will review the appeal and will notify the student in writing of their decision. If an appeal is approved, the student will temporarily regain financial aid eligibility. Continuation of eligibility will be contingent upon the student demonstrating improved academic merit achievement as outlined by the SAP appeals committee through their Academic Plan.

Scholarships and Grants

National Merit Finalist/Semifinalist Scholarship

National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test finalists and semifinalists are eligible to receive a National Excellence Scholarship award but are not eligible for other IWU academic scholarships. The National Excellence Scholarship is $15,000 and includes students who are National Merit Semi-Finalists or Finalists, National Achievement recipients or in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

The student must be an entering freshman, submit a copy of the National Merit Certificate, have a 3.5 high school GPA, and enroll full-time each semester. National Merit Scholarships are renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters. To renew, students must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours fall and spring semesters) and must achieve a 3.2 minimum cumulative GPA. These credits must be completed by the end of May term each year. National Merit Scholarships are not available for enrollment in summer sessions, nor will credits earned or GPA achieved in summer sessions count toward eligibility requirements until the following fall or spring calculation. If lost, the scholarship may be reinstated following completion of the next fall or spring term. If a student loses his or her National Merit award due to academic performance, the semester in which the student did not receive the award is still counted toward the total 8 semesters of eligibility.

Academic Scholarships

Academic awards are available to new first-time freshmen based upon their excellence in their high school studies as shown by their standardized test scores and high school grade point average. These two measures of academic achievement combine to place students into eligibility for the following award levels.

Academic Awards 2021-2022

$11,000/yr.* President's Scholarship
$10,000/yr.* Dean's Scholarship
$8,000/yr.* Faculty Scholarship
$6,000/yr.* Achievement Award
$4,000/yr.* Recognition Award

*Must maintain SAP for renewal.

Transfer Academic Scholarship

A full-time transfer student who has attended at least one full-time semester (at least 12 credit hours) at an approved college or university may qualify with a minimum transfer GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A GPA on transfer work from more than one college or university will be calculated using a weighted average. A student with less than 12 credit hours must meet the requirements for the freshman Academic Scholarship. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the necessary transcripts and test scores at the time of application for admission to Indiana Wesleyan University.

Transfer Academic Scholarships are renewable for students who enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours fall and spring semesters) and maintain SAP. Credits must be completed by the end of May term each year to count towards the GPA minimum. Transfer Academic Scholarships are not available for enrollment in summer sessions, nor will credits earned or GPA achieved in summer sessions count toward eligibility requirements until the following fall or spring calculation. If lost, the scholarship may be reinstated following completion of the next fall or spring term, if eligibility requirements are met; however, recipient will have fewer semesters of eligibility remaining. Transfer Academic Scholarships are available for renewal for a total of six semesters.

Transfer Academic Scholarship 2021-2022



3.700- 4.000 $10,000 Premier Scholars Scholarship

3.25 - 3.699

$8,000 Distinguished Scholars Scholarship

2.701 - 3.249 $6,000 Prominent Scholars Scholarship

2.700 and below

$4,000 University Scholars Scholarship


Athletic Scholarships

Several awards are granted each year to both men and women participating in intercollegiate athletics. Awards are made upon recommendation of coaches of the individual sports.

Music Scholarship

Scholarships are available by audition to qualified full-time students majoring in music. Contact the Division of Music for additional information.

Art Scholarship

Scholarships are available to qualified full-time students majoring in art. Contact the Division of Art for additional information.

Theatre Scholarship

Scholarships are available to qualified full-time students. Contact the Division of Communication and Theatre for additional information.

Church Matching Scholarship Program

Indiana Wesleyan University will match a local church’s contribution to its Matching Church Scholarship Fund up to a maximum of $1,000 per undergraduate student attending our residential campus. We will match up to $1,500 for Wesleyan churches. To qualify, the church must file an application with the Church Relations Office prior to the first day of classes each academic year.

IWU Triangle Scholarship

The IWU Triangle Scholarship was developed to ensure select students from Grant, Blackford, Howard, Miami, and Wabash counties have access and added incentive to attend college locally. The amount of this award will vary based on student demographic information, financial need, and funding available. Eligible students are packaged with this award based on information received from the FAFSA and the admissions application.

Frank O'Bannon State Grant Program - Indiana Residents Only

The Commission for Higher Education (CHE) administers this grant program based on financial need. Potential recipients must submit the FAFSA and have it received at the federal processor by April 15th. Recipients must be full-time students. Awards vary and are dependent on the type of diploma received and state funding. Full renewal requires the student to complete at least 30 credit hours a year. An increased award is available for students who complete at least 39 credit hours per year.

Indiana 21st Century Scholars Program - Indiana Residents Only

Potential recipients applied in their 7th or 8th grade year to be part of the program and fulfilled a pledge of good citizenship. Recipients must submit their FAFSA and have it received at the federal processor by April 15th annually. The student must also enroll full-time in an approved Indiana institution. Full renewal requires the student to complete at least 30 credit hours each year.

Pastor Dependent Grant

A recipient must be a dependent undergraduate child of a full-time ordained minister serving in a local church during the academic year in which the award is granted. The student must enroll full-time; the amount is $1,800 per academic year.

Federal PELL Grant

Any U.S. citizen who does not have a baccalaureate degree can apply for a Pell grant by completing the FAFSA. Awards are based on financial need; amounts are capped at $6,345 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

These awards range from $100 to $4,000 per year, depending upon financial need and funding received by IWU. Recipients must also be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.

Indiana Wesleyan University Grant

Funds provided by IWU available to students who file a timely FAFSA and meet eligibility criteria. Amount varies based on student’s calculated need, other financial aid received, and funding available.

Shugart Grant

Funds for this award are made available through a trust given to Indiana Wesleyan University in memory of Henry M. and Anna Shugart. Recipients must reside in Indiana and file a FAFSA that is received by the federal processor by April 15th. Amount varies based on student’s calculated need, other financial aid received, and funding level.


Wesleyan Student Aid

Acknowledging its Wesleyan heritage, Indiana Wesleyan University supports our relationship to The Wesleyan Church and eagerly seeks to enroll increased numbers of Wesleyan students. The following financial aid programs have been developed to assist Wesleyan students in furthering their education at Indiana Wesleyan University.


Wesleyan Missionary Dependent Grant

The award amount is 75 percent of tuition for up to eight semesters. The recipient must demonstrate financial need, reside on campus, be a full-time undergraduate student, and apply for all other forms of federal and state financial aid. Parent(s) must serve full-time under direct appointment of the Global Partners or Wesleyan Native American Ministries during the academic year in which the award is received. The recipient may NOT also receive the Out-of-State Wesleyan Grant, the International Wesleyan Grant, or the Wesleyan Pastor Dependent Grant.

Out-of-State Wesleyan Grant

This award is available to full-time students who regularly attended a Wesleyan Church outside the state of Indiana immediately prior to enrolling at Indiana Wesleyan University. The award of $2,000 is given only to full-time, undergraduate, U.S. resident students.

Wesleyan Pastor Dependent Grant

A recipient must be a dependent undergraduate child of a full-time ordained minister serving in a local Wesleyan church during the academic year in which the award is granted. The student must enroll full-time; the amount is 75 percent of tuition and will be provided through the combination of all scholarships and grants from federal, state and institutional programs.

Campus Challenge/Wesleyan Bible Bowl (WBB) Scholarship

The recipient must submit the original scholarship certificates to the Financial Aid Office prior to fall enrollment. Awards earned or certificates submitted AFTER that time may be available for use in future academic years. Full-time students may use up to $1,000 per academic year (divided one-half each semester) UNLESS the current certificates held total in excess of $4,000, in which case the student may use one-fourth of the total per academic year. Recipients must also attend full-time.

John Wesley Scholarship

Accepted Wesleyan undergraduate students must submit an application prior to the deadline to the Admissions Office to be considered for this award. This award is provided by various donors to allow funding for students who may otherwise be unable to attend IWU. Award amounts vary based on funds available and the scholarship committee’s determination of the student’s need for the scholarship.

International Wesleyan Grant

International students attending IWU may be awarded a $3,000 grant. The grant is renewable for up to eight semesters of eligibility and student must remain enrolled full-time each semester. Eligibility for any academic merit scholarship supersedes and replaces this award. Not eligible to receive the Wesleyan Canadian Grant in addition to this award. Eligibility ends when first bachelor's degree is earned.

Wesleyan Ministerial Loan/Grant

The Wesleyan Church and Indiana Wesleyan University cooperate in providing Ministerial Loan Grants for full-time junior and senior Christian ministries students who are members of The Wesleyan Church. Indiana Wesleyan University cooperates with The Wesleyan Church and local districts in providing funds for graduate students as well. Juniors may receive $4,000 per year, while seniors may receive $6,000 per year from the university. In addition, The Wesleyan Church provides funds per credit hour as available to assist with educational expenses. Students, including transfer students, must complete one full year at IWU before becoming eligible for the IWU portion. The funds are subject to all policies and procedures governing university financial aid. A separate application is required each semester by the announced deadline.

Conditions of eligibility for both undergraduate and graduate ministerial aid are as follows:

  1. Student must regularly attend a local Wesleyan church of the North American General Conference.
  2. Examination and approval as a licensed ministerial student by the District Board of Ministerial Development prior to the beginning of the semester in which the loan/grant is to be received.
  3. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Admission to the appropriate undergraduate or graduate Christian ministries or youth ministries major (See School of Theology and Ministry).
  5. Approval by the director of financial aid.

Each award is issued as a loan with separate promissory notes to be signed for repayment of the denominational and university shares. However, recipients who later serve The Wesleyan Church under district appointment have the privilege of canceling 20 percent of the total loan obligation for each year of full-time service rendered. Those who are employed otherwise will repay their loan(s) over a period of five years with an annual interest rate of 10 percent. Further information about the operation of this program can be found online at the Wesleyan headquarters Web page http://www.wesleyan.org or secured by writing the Department of Education and the Ministry of The Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 50434, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250-0434.


IWU Student Loan

Awards in this institutional loan program range from $200 - $3,000 per academic year to students whose parent has been denied the Parent PLUS Loan and who demonstrate financial need. Repayment of principal and interest begins after the student is enrolled less than part-time. Interest is charged at a fixed rate of 8.75%.

Federal Direct Loan

Direct Loans are need-based and/or non-need-based loans for which a student applies through the Direct Loan Program. Repayment begins six months after the student ceases to be at least a half-time student and is typically spread over a period of up to 10 years. Deferments are available if the student meets certain conditions. Dependent freshmen may borrow up to $5,500 per academic year, sophomores may borrow up to $6,500, and juniors and seniors may borrow up to $7,500, based on financial need. The total amount of undergraduate loans may not exceed $31,000. All students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to qualify for a Direct Loan.

Students with financial need may qualify for a percent interest rate subsidized Direct Loan, which means the government is paying or subsidizing the interest while the student is in school. Students without financial need qualify for the unsubsidized Direct Loan at low interest rate, in which their interest is not paid by the government. Students may pay the interest monthly while in school, or the lender will capitalize the accrued interest each year causing the loan to increase more rapidly.

In order to help each student meet the August 15 payment expectation, the Financial Aid Office recommends that all applicable e-paperwork (Master Promissory Note, Federal Entrance Counseling and Federal Direct Loan Request) be completed and submitted prior to July 1 each year.

Federal PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students)

Parents may borrow funds through this program to assist with their child(ren)’s educational expenses. The limit is the cost of education per child minus other financial aid. The interest rate is a fixed no more than 9%. Borrowers must be creditworthy and can begin repayment upon disbursement of the funds or request a deferment until the student is no longer enrolled full-time.

Work Programs

Federal Work-Study Program

Many student work assignments on the campus fall within the scope of the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS). Students average 10 hours per week during the academic year and from 15-40 hours per week during periods of non-enrollment. The pay rate is minimum wage for most positions on campus. A student is eligible for a FWS position if there is sufficient financial need and Work-Study is listed as one of the types of financial aid the student has been awarded. Please note that the award amount listed by financial aid is an estimate of earnings and not a guarantee. All students must find a job on campus and their earnings will be tied to hours worked and wage of position held. All student employees must complete the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s I-9 Form and must be issued a Work Authorization.

Indiana Wesleyan University Employment

A limited number of campus jobs are assigned to students who do not qualify for the Federal Work-Study Program. In such cases, the institution pays all of the student’s wages, and the earnings are paid directly to the student with the intent of paying the student’s account. Pay rates are also at minimum wage.

Right to Know

A student has the right to know...

  1. What financial assistance is available, including information on all federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.
  2. The deadlines for submitting applications for each of the financial aid programs available.
  3. The cost of attending the institution and the school’s refund policy.
  4. The criteria used by the institution to select financial aid recipients.
  5. How the school determines your financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc., are considered in your budget.
  6. What resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, your assets, etc.) are considered in the calculation of your need.
  7. How much of your financial need, as determined by the institution, has been met.
  8. An explanation of the various programs in your student aid package. If you believe you have been treated unfairly, you may request reconsideration of the award that was made to you.
  9. What portion of the financial aid you received must be repaid, and what portion is grant aid. If the aid is a loan, you have the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the payback procedures, the length of the time you have to repay the loan, and when repayment is to begin.


It is your responsibility to...

  1. Review and consider all information about the school’s program before you enroll.
  2. Complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the right place.
  3. Pay special attention to and accurately complete your application for student aid. Errors can result in long delays in your receipt of financial aid. Intentional misreporting of information on application forms for federal financial aid is a violation of law and is considered a criminal offense subject to penalties under the U.S. Criminal Code.
  4. Return all additional information, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either the Financial Aid Office or the agency to which you submitted your application.
  5. Read and understand all forms that you are asked to sign and keep copies of them.
  6. Accept responsibility for all agreements you sign.
  7. Notify the lender of changes in your name, address, or school status if you have a loan.
  8. Perform in a satisfactory manner the work that is agreed upon in accepting a university Work Study award.
  9. Know and comply with the deadlines for application or reapplication for aid.
  10. Know and comply with your school’s refund procedures.

Withdrawal and Impact on Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid (federal, state, or institutional aid) and withdraw from classes during the semester are potentially subject to a review of their financial aid eligibility. The impact on a student's awards will depend on

  1. When the student withdrew from a class or classes.
  2. Whether the student withdrew from one or more classes, but remained enrolled or if the student completely withdrew from all classes.
  3. Type of financial aid awarded.
  4. Changes to the charges on the student's account.

Students need to talk with their financial aid counselor prior to withdrawing from any course(s) so that he/she can make an informed decision regarding the financial impact of the withdraw and understand how it could impact the future eligibility of some types of aid.

The following sections provide an overview of the impact of withdraws based on the type of aid received:

Federal Aid (Title IV)

Students who receive federal Title IV financial aid (Pell Grant, FSEOG, TEACH Grant, Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized Loans or Direct PLUS Loans) and who completely withdraw from all classes during the semester are subject to the Return of Title IV Funds calculation. This calculation does not apply to a student who withdraws from one or more classes but remains enrolled in one or more classes.

To determine the withdrawal date, the contact date is the date the student notifies the university of their intent to withdrawal. This notification will be recorded by the Office of Student Services and may include verbal or written communication. If the contact date falls during a scheduled break within the term, the withdrawal date will refer back to the last date of scheduled classes before the break occurred. The withdrawal date may never fall within a scheduled break of five days or more.

For students, due to extenuating circumstances, who are unable to officially withdrawal, the institution will use the last confirmed date of academically related activity (LDARA) or the mid-point of the payment period.

When a student withdrawals, outstanding Title IV credit balances will be placed on hold until the R2T4 calculation has been completed. If a credit balance exists on the student's account after applying any institutional refund policies and the R2T4 calculation, the institution will disburse the credit balance to the student as soon as possible but no later than 14 days from the date the school performed the R2T4 calculation.

The calculation is based on the number of calendar days in the term compared to the number of days elapsed when the withdrawal is completed. Based on the percentage of the term completed, the student is allowed to retain a similar percentage of the federal Title IV financial aid. The remainder of the funds is to be returned to the federal programs. The school will determine how much of the federal funds are to be returned by the school and how much, if any, is to be returned by the student.

Funds will be returned in the following order if the student received money from the fund:

Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan

Federal Subsidized Direct Loan


Pell Grant




Title IV Funds that the school is required to return must be returned as soon as possible but no later than 45 days after determining the student withdrew. 

If the funds the student must repay need to be returned to the federal grant programs, the student will only have to repay 50 percent of the required grant. Students will be given 45 days to repay any grant monies owed. After 45 days, the student will be placed in a federal grant overpayment status and will be ineligible to receive federal funds, at any school, until the grant is repaid. Loan monies owed will become subject to the loan promissory note signed by the student.

Here is an example of how a calculation might work: If there are 100 calendar days in the term (excluding any breaks of five or more days) and the student withdraws on the 25th day, 25 percent of the term has elapsed. This means that 75 percent of the federal funds must be returned. If the student received $5,000 in federal Title IV aid, the $3,750 must be returned. If the school retained all of the funds to pay for school charged expenses, then the school will return all of the funds. If some of the funds were disbursed to the student, then the student may have to repay some of the funds also.

A post-withdrawal disbursement is a disbursement that occurs after the R2T4 calculation is completed, and it is determined that a student received less federal student aid than the amount earned. The post-withdrawal disbursement of a federal grant for funds earned in excess of outstanding current (educationally related) charges must be made directly to the student within 45 days of the date of determination that the student withdrew. Students and/or parents (in the case of Direct Parent PLUS loans) will be notified in writing of eligibility for a post-withdrawal loan disbursement within 30 days of the date the school determined the student withdrew. Students and/or parents will have 14 days to respond to the post-withdrawal offer. Post-withdrawal disbursements will be applied to outstanding allowable charges on the student account first, and any resulting credit balance will be paid to the student and/or parent within 14 days of the disbursement. 

Institutional Aid

The institutional aid a student receives will follow the same guidelines as provided in the federal aid section above, except that institutional aid is limited to the amount of institutional charges after any adjustments are made based on the withdraw.

Indiana State Aid

The Commission for Higher Education (CHE) has a refund period that consists of the first four weeks of each academic term. If a student withdraws from one or more classes and thus is not classified as a full-time student at the end of the CHE refund period, the student is not eligible for any of their state grant funds. If a student withdraws from one or more classes after the CHE refund period, the impact on the student's state grants will depend on any adjustment of charges made on the student's account. Completing fewer than 30 credits each year can also negatively impact future eligibility of some state grants.

Additionally, withdrawal from a course may have an impact on completion rate, which can affect SAP standing. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 765-677-2116 if you have any questions regarding the impact of a withdrawal on your student financial aid.

Financial Information - Other

A student may not register for the next semester, term, or session or receive a transcript unless all charges are paid in full.

The university is not responsible for the loss of personal property on campus.

Students are accountable for materials and equipment issued to them. Damage to property must be paid for by those responsible.

The university does not have health insurance for students and will not be responsible for any health-related charges.

Financial Aid - Further Information

For further information regarding financial aid opportunities, contact the Financial Aid Office, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana 46953. Phone 765-677-2116.

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