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SFA > Awards/Scholarships - By Program > Frank O'Bannon Grant Program Frank O'Bannon Grant Program

FAFSA is the application for the Frank O'Bannon Grant. The FAFSA filing deadline to apply for state aid for the 2013-2014 school year is:
RECEIVED by the federal processor after January 1, 2013 but on or before March 10, 2013. Any issues with the FAFSA need to be corrected by May 15, 2013.

Frank O'Bannon Grant (formerly the Indiana Higher Education Grant) Program, designed to provide access for Hoosier students to attend eligible postsecondary institutions, receives its funding through appropriations made by the Indiana General Assembly. The grants, targeted to tuition and regularly assessed fees, are "need-based" and do not require repayment. Due to variations in appropriations, the number of filers and the "need" of the filer base, the dollar value of state grants will vary from year to year.

Frank O'Bannon Grant (formerly the Indiana Higher Education Grant) includes both the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award.

To qualify for state grant consideration the applicant must:

  • be an Indiana resident by December 31st the year prior to applying (December 31, 2012 for the 2013-2014 school year)
  • be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • be a high school graduate or hold a GED
  • attend, or plan to attend, an eligible college or university
  • be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a course of study leading to an associates or first bachelors degree;
  • be a full-time student, or plan to enroll as a full-time student. (The state grant defines full-time as at least 12 credit hours per term); and
  • file an application (FAFSA) - received by March 10 of the academic year preceding the academic year the applicant plans to enroll.

To estimate the amount of your state financial aid award for the 2012-2013 academic year, please click HERE. Estimates are not yet available for the 2013-2014 academic year.

NOTE: Questions about this program should be directed to the Division of Student Financial Aid, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, W462 Indiana Government Center South, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 888-528-4719. Or you can e-mail us at