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Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 20%
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 30%
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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Wabash, Indiana, became the first electrically lit city in the world in 1880. Community colleges and universities throughout the Hoosier state have been illuminating the dreams of Indiana students for much longer.

Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, Indiana is home to numerous colleges and universities, all within an easy day's drive of many students. But for those who prefer to attend online, the options are even better. In fact, Indiana has been quite favorable for institutions looking to expand their online presence. The Indiana College Network is a concentrated effort to allow students to find their preferred online programs and courses in one convenient place. Besides that, Indiana fosters a positive, encouraging atmosphere for colleges and universities that want to launch their own online programs, thus ensuring that online education will continue growing into a robust future.

With the choice of 14 public four-year institutions, 15 two-year institutions and a wealth of private colleges, students seeking a top-notch online education are certain to find what they are looking for in Indiana. To make it easier to choose, Learn More Indiana provides links to pertinent information for every school in the state, and we are here to provide you with a list of the best online institutes with which to kick off your search.

Best Online Colleges in Indiana for 2018

Students seeking the best online colleges and universities in Indiana often look to rankings to help them narrow down the options. This list of the top 10 schools was created based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) analyzed by our careful methodology, which can be found at the bottom of the page. To make your own rankings, see our Top Colleges Tool; however, for now, here are ours.

1

Indiana Wesleyan University - Marion

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$24,728
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
66.74%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
94
School Type
4-year

A Christ-centered school with just over 3,000 students on campus, Indiana Wesleyan offers a host of online degree programs for those who prefer a more flexible learning option. In fact, the online programs are so popular that enrollment currently sits at just over 8,000 students, almost triple the number who choose the on-campus option. Such a high enrollment makes Indiana Wesleyan University the largest private college in Indiana. The 95% admissions rate helps ensure that the vast majority of students who want to dive into higher education here have the opportunity to do so.

Numerous programs are available through online means, including an associate program in criminal justice, a bachelor's in business information systems, a master's in school counseling and many more. Online students are free to take advantage of all the college has to offer, including library services, dedicated advisors and other perks that make the online experience just as seamless as the on campus one. Though most online degree programs never require a student to set foot in a classroom, some do require the occasional weekend visit or seminar conducted on campus.

2

Indiana State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,580
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
36.44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50
School Type
4-year

With over 70 majors available online, Indiana State University is one of the Hoosier State's most comprehensive options for those who want to engage in distance learning. Students must first be admitted to the college, just as if they were planning to attend in the traditional classroom setting; then they can opt for the online programs, which are available in everything from accounting to psychology to occupational safety. Though most of ISU's programs can be completed entirely online, some do require the occasional brief campus visit. Students should carefully examine all requirements before enrolling.

At Indiana State University, online students are assigned a personal advisor. They also have access to a wealth of services and resources, the same as on campus students, including 24/7 support for any technical issues that might arise. The 19 to 1 student-faculty ratio extends to online courses as well, and helps ensure that everyone gets the attention and assistance they need -- whether they are on campus or miles away.

3

Ball State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,498
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41.62%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
49
School Type
4-year

We would be neglectful not to mention the exemplary Ball State University (named for the brothers who bought the institute's land and gifted it to the state of Indiana) in any discussion about the best online colleges in Indiana. Established in 1918 as a college for teachers, Ball State became one of the first universities in the nation to offer online-only courses, and offered the first fully online degree in 1999, many years before other schools caught up and followed suit.

Today Ball State offers more than 190 majors and pre-professional programs, over 70 of which are offered entirely online. Each course is taught by the same faculty that teaches the programs on campus, ensuring a rigorous education no matter the delivery method. Students can choose from online programs in business administration, early childhood education, general arts, executive development and dozens more. Each year, Ball State University celebrates once again being included in a variety of important rankings lists -- including this one.

4

Indiana University - Bloomington

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,388
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9.11%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18
School Type
4-year

The Bloomington campus at Indiana University is the flagship institution, founded almost two centuries ago as a state seminary school. Today, the school is home to a whopping 46,000 students studying in over 550 academic programs, including over 200 undergraduate majors. This diversity is not exclusive to campus-based students; online students have their pick from more than 100 online degrees and certificate programs offered by the university as well. The top program for online students is the MBA, followed by the RN to BSN program. Other popular degree options are those in business administration, social work, library science, business management and psychology.

Students can take advantage of the same resources traditional students enjoy, including library services, career placement counseling and more, but they also have access to technical support to ensure their classes run smoothly.

5

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,056
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32.58%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
33
School Type
4-year

In 1969, Indiana University merged with Purdue to create IUPUI, Indiana's premier urban research university, offering more than 350 programs for qualified students. Versatility is the hallmark of this university, for online students as well as on-campus ones. Dozens of full degree programs are available in subjects such as law, computer science, library studies, public administration and social work. Students who have already earned some college credit can take advantage of degree completion programs, such as those in criminal justice, mathematics and nursing.

Your distance selection at IUPUI doesn't have to be an "either/ or" choice, either. If you're not sure that an online program is right for you, you can pursue a traditional degree program and mix in one or two online courses to test out the format. Conversely, if you like the reassurance of heading to campus once in a while during an online course, perhaps to meet the professor or speak to a counselor, some of the university's online courses call for limited campus visits. Or, if you want to split the difference, consider a hybrid program, with elements of both on- and off-campus learning merged into one!

6

Ivy Tech Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$4,115
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41.76%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
38
School Type
2-year

Those seeking certificates, associate degrees or two-year transfer credits online can find them at Ivy Tech, where online programs are available for students in a wide variety of majors. With more than 1,000 online classes offered and over 150 programs available, Ivy Tech serves more than 170,000 students each year.

Ivy Tech currently offers 16 degree programs that can be completed entirely online through the popular Blackboard delivery system, among them accounting, cyber security, office administration and software development. Those who choose to study human services, early childhood education or paralegal studies can expect mostly online courses with some in-person classroom time required. Regardless of major, all online students have access not only to robust technical support, but also to all same services other students enjoy, including an online library.

7

Purdue University - Main Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,002
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15.68%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17
School Type
4-year

In 1874, Purdue University began with 39 students, taught by six instructors. Oh, how times have changed. Today the college is home to over 40,000 students, taught by almost 17,000 faculty and staff. Many of those individuals work or study in Purdue University Online, where students can take advantage of associate and master's degree programs, as well as certificates, professional development and non-credit courses.

Online Purdue students can choose from dozens of programs, all with the same rigorous, challenging curriculum that one would find in the traditional Purdue classroom. In addition to the high-quality technical support students have come to expect, they also have access to the same services as on campus students, including a virtual library and advisors. A dedicated staff that focuses only on the online programs at Purdue is available to discuss financial aid, scheduling and any other issues.

8

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$28,302
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43.64%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
35
School Type
4-year

A Catholic liberal arts college, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has been operating since 1840; in 2014, the college expanded to include men in all degree programs, thus offering educational opportunities to everyone. At SMWC, 95 percent of students receive financial aid and enjoy a class ratio of eight students to one teacher.

Students at SMWC can take advantage of not only a variety of online program majors, but a variety of online degree levels for their studies. For example, online associate degree programs are available at SMWC in paralegal studies, general business or accounting. Those seeking a bachelor's degree can choose from among 18 online programs, including women's studies, political science and education. Special programs, such as the RN to BSN completion program and teacher licensure, round out the wide variety of online options.

SMWC offers round-the-calendar start dates and 8-week accelerated courses, allowing students to complete their bachelor's degree within four years. Students can also earn college credit by prior learning assessment, thus moving even faster through their chosen program.

9

Grace College and Theological Seminary

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$23,648
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
27.75%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1948, Grace College offers not only four-year degrees, but the unique option of accelerated programs that allow students to earn a bachelor's degree in three years. Students will also be pleased to learn that 90 percent of those attending receive financial aid, and the college promises a two-week decision window for applicants -- no waiting for months while a beleaguered employee in the admissions office reviews applications!

Grace College students can choose from one associate degree program online (the associate of science in liberal arts), three bachelor's degrees or six graduate programs. Each degree option, from administration to nonprofit management to human services, is taught with a Biblical world view designed to prepare students not only to do their work in their chosen field, but to bring a Christ-centered attitude to their future endeavors.

10

University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$26,766
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
51.47%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11
School Type
4-year

University of Saint Francis has made it onto many rankings lists over the years, including 5th for best earning potential of all Indiana schools and 40th for "Best bang for your buck" in higher education. The university might offer fewer online degrees than some other schools, but many of those programs are award-winning, such as the highly-regarded MBA program.

Students at University of Saint Francis have eight online programs available to choose from, including master's degrees in healthcare administration, organizational leadership and teaching. Special programs offered include the Transition to Teaching option and an RN-BSN program. None of the University of Francis' online programs require in-campus visits, so enrolling students can be assured of participating in a truly flexible program at a college that understands the need for completion at the student's own pace.

Affordable Online Colleges in Indiana for 2018

The lists below highlight some of the most affordable online colleges in Indiana, with the data for their tuition provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

For Indiana schools ranked by quality and other factors, use our Top Colleges tool.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Indiana

Students often prefer to begin their educational journey at a community college before transferring to a four-year university. Below are a few of the most affordable two-year online colleges in Indiana.

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
Ivy Tech Community College$4,11541.76%382-year
College of Court Reporting Inc$13,500N/A22-year
Ancilla College$14,33041.27%12-year

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Indiana

For many students, earning a bachelor's degree from a four-year university is the culmination of their formal educational journey -- and the beginning of their journey in the workplace. These are several of the most affordable four-year online colleges and universities in Indiana.

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
Vincennes University$5,37511.28%284-year
Purdue University-Calumet Campus$6,89336.35%64-year
Indiana University-East$6,93056.17%124-year
Indiana University-Kokomo$6,94124.84%14-year
Indiana University-Southeast$6,94928.96%14-year

College Accreditation in Indiana

Students should pay as much attention to picking a properly accredited college as they do to choosing their major. Accreditation means that an institution's educational programs adhere to predetermined quality standards and have been peer reviewed. It's important to know that degrees earned at any given institution are valid.

Most colleges and universities in Indiana are accredited through one nationally recognized accrediting body:

  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Some smaller colleges in Indiana, such as the College of Court Reporting, are accredited by:

  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Before enrolling in an online college in Indiana, students can check with the Department of Education to see how the institution they are interested in attending is accredited.

School Interviews

In the interviews below, leading educators in Indiana share their insights into the rich and varied experiences of earning an online degree in Indiana.

Philip T. Powell
I predict online MBA programs will replace residential MBA programs as the default in the next three to five years.

Philip T. Powell

Chair of the Kelley Direct Online MBA program

Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Q. Can you give us an overview of your top degree program(s)?

Our MBA program is completely asynchronous. We have class every week, but students do not have to attend. We emphasize flexibility, so a student can finish the program in two years or five years if they want. Learning is not just about the class every week. There is a 24/7 interaction with faculty members.

Instead of modeling on the past (the brick and mortar classroom) we model the program based on the virtual workplace. There are case discussions going on, teamwork, impromptu and scheduled chats. Students are always interacting with multiple people at multiple times, not about sitting at the screen watching the talking head of a faculty member.

There are about 1,000 students, and it's the first Top 20 program to be taught online. Most of our students are middle managers in Fortune 500 companies, with big clusters of students from California and the Northeast. Only 15 percent are from Indiana.

Our students want to get into the executive suite, so the whole curriculum is around executive development.

Q. What advice do you have for prospective students about choosing an online program?

A good online program is going to have a good face-to-face component and use action-based learning. Other questions to ask:

  • Does the school allow online MBAs to interview shoulder to shoulder with the residential MBAs?
  • Is the faculty comprised of scholar teachers or adjunct instructors?
  • Does the program outsource services? No business school would outsource their full-time MBA program, so they shouldn't do that with the online program.
  • Are online students treated the same way as residential MBAs?

Q. What are your thoughts on the future of online learning?

I predict online MBA programs will replace residential MBA programs as the default in the next three to five years. Anytime there is new technology, it displaces the old and defines the new normal.


Dr. Allison Barber
Online education will continue to grow rapidly throughout the state of Indiana because of that level of flexibility …

Dr. Allison Barber

Chancellor

Western Governors University Indiana

Q. Can you overview your top degree program(s)?

Nursing is our top degree program. WGU Indiana equips our registered nurses and other medical professionals with the comprehensive education they will need to succeed in a competitive field. The competency-based model works wonderfully within our healthcare college, encouraging students to combine their acquired knowledge with empathy to become effective professionals. Specifically, we offer a pre-licensure program for those looking to earn their RN to BSN, as well as a BSN to MSN program. WGU Indiana also offer bachelor's and master's degrees in IT, business and education.

Q. What advice do you have for prospective students about choosing an online program?

There are certainly a few essential items to consider when choosing an online degree program.

  1. Is the university accredited and does it have my best interests in mind?
  2. What is the return on investment (ROI)?
  3. Is the program flexible enough to fit my lifestyle?

Q. What are your thoughts on the future of online learning?

It's often our busy lifestyles that prevent Hoosiers from following a traditional four-year college degree track or from pursuing additional educational opportunities later in life. However, the statistics show that there is a need for a skilled workforce here in Indiana, both now and in the decade to come. Whether you are a young person who has attempted but never completed a college degree or a mid-career professional juggling family and work obligations, there are a wide variety of options with online universities to help you get the education and training you need for the jobs of the future.

Online education will continue to grow rapidly throughout the state of Indiana because of that level of flexibility and because there are excellent careers on the market in business, healthcare, education, and information technology that require a college degree.

Financial Aid in Indiana

If you plan to attend a college or university in Indiana, you've got lots of Hoosier support on your side. Indiana ranks seventh in the country for the most need-based grant aid per full-time undergraduate student. Add to that the opportunities for scholarships and the state's Commission for Higher Education eStudent system, which simplifies the whole financial process, and you can see why students in Indiana are confident college-bounders.

Although the average student loan debt in Indiana is $29,222 as reported by the Institute for College Access and Success, state financial aid programs are available to help students make college more affordable.

To get your financial aid research started, we've compiled some of the most popular state scholarships and grants for students attending college in Indiana.

Indiana Scholarships

Indiana students who work hard in high school and plan to stay in-state for college put themselves at an advantage to earn a substantial scholarship toward college. Here are three programs that are helping to make Hoosier education dreams come true.

If you are considering an Indiana public college or university, the 21st Century Scholarship Program could be perfect for you. It provides students with up to four years of undergraduate tuition (dependent upon available funds and student need) at any participating institution. For students who choose to attend a private college, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a public college. To be eligible, students must complete certain criteria over the course of their high school career, including participation in an extracurricular activity, going on a college visit, taking the ACT or SAT, filing the FAFSA, and graduating with at least a Core 40 diploma.

  • Application deadline:  N/A
  • Award amount:  Up to four years of undergraduate tuition
  • Number of scholarships awarded:  N/A
  • Renewable:  Yes (must meet certain requirements to continue to receive)
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Both
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  High school senior
  • Residency required: Yes
Indiana students who plan to work toward a career in education may be eligible for the Next Generation Hoosiers Educators Scholarship. The key requirements are that students must graduate in the top 20 percent of their graduating class at an Indiana high school or score in the top 20th percentile of the SAT or ACT. Recipients agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school after degree completion. Current college students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to graduating high school seniors.

  • Application deadline:  December 31
  • Award amount:  Up to $7,500
  • Number of scholarships awarded: 200
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  High school senior or current college student
  • Residency required:  Yes
For current college students, this award from the Indiana Federation of Republican Women is open to both female and male Indiana residents. The scholarship supports students attending an in-state college who are pursuing degrees in the fields of political science, government, journalism, radio, television media and education. College sophomores, juniors, seniors and students enrolled in a master's program are all eligible to apply.

  • Application deadline:  July
  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded: 2
  • Renewable:  No
  • Minimum GPA:  N/A
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Residency required:  Yes

To gain an edge when it comes to finding and scoring scholarships, don't miss our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Indiana Grants

Filling out the FAFSA is definitely in every college student's best interest, and these Indiana state grants, which are based on financial need and other criteria, are just another great example as to why.

Indiana residents who are full-time students pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree may apply for this grant by filing the FAFSA. Grant money must be used toward tuition and fees at an eligible public or private postsecondary institution in the state of Indiana.

  • Application deadline:  Must file the FAFSA by March 10 prior to the academic year of intended enrollment
  • Award amount:  Varies based on funding and student need
Indiana's need-based financial aid program is designed to meet the needs of working adults who are seeking an associate, a first bachelor's degree or a certificate at select institutions. Applicable students must be Indiana residents who are financially independent and demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA.

  • Application deadline:  N/A, but March 2017 is FAFSA priority date, so earlier is best
  • Award amount: $1,000
Indiana students who graduate from a publicly supported high school at least one year early may be eligible for this one-time grant to be applied to tuition and fees. Students must have earned a Core 40 diploma by the end of grade 11, must apply for the FAFSA, and must enroll as a full-time student at an eligible postsecondary institution no later than the fall semester immediately following their graduation.

  • Application deadline:  September
  • Award amount: $4,000

Don't miss our Ultimate Guide to Grants for insider advice and strategies on finding grants.

Indiana Loans

Finding a quality student loan program will make post-graduate payoff all the more manageable. Indiana's loan program is designed to not only help students pay for college, but to also help them maximize their financial aid.

The ISM helps families find free financial aid money before supplying loans to close the gap. They offer fixed and variable rate options with several repayment types to suit different borrowers.

  • Application deadline:  N/A
  • Award amount:  Varies

Learn more about student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

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Featured Cities in Indiana

Indiana is a diverse state. Automobile manufacturing has long anchored the state's economy, but it's also got a very strong presence in life sciences, transportation and information technology. The cities below are places where students who earn degrees from online colleges in Indiana can potentially land a good job with good working and living conditions, and the data on them is from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metro Area

Total Population

1,950,674

Median salary for high school grads

$28,166

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$49,535

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

23.6%

Median rent

$808

Fun Facts

Indianapolis is home to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" -- the Indianapolis 500. The first full 500-mile race was held in 1911. Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana.

Fort Wayne, IN Metro Area

Total Population

424,579

Median salary for high school grads

$29,346

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$43,285

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

24.4%

Median rent

$678

Fun Facts

Fort Wayne is named after General Anthony Wayne. He earned the nickname "Mad" Anthony Wayne after leading a nighttime bayonet raid against British forces during the American Revolution. Fort Wayne also is called the "City of Churches" since there are more than 360 churches in the city.

Evansville, IN-KY Metro Area

Total Population

314,263

Median salary for high school grads

$28,072

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$42,349

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

26.3%

Median rent

$697

Fun Facts

The South Bend Chocolate company makes more than 3,000 pounds of chocolate every day. Also, University of Notre Dame football is a way of life for many residents of South Bend.

 
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