Costs and Financial Aid

Making an investment in your future

Earning a degree from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington will take a big investment of time, brainpower, and, of course, money. But you'll graduate from a school and a university that are respected worldwide. And IU does a lot to help you manage costs and keep your return on investment high.

Graduate costs

The Office of Student Financial Assistance has information about current costs of attendance for graduate students.

IU's Student Central maintains current rates for credits hours, mandatory fees, miscellaneous fees, and more. They also offer a tool to help you estimate costs based on your term, residency, and program.

The Office of International Services publishes costs for international students, including mandatory health insurance.

Financial assistance

Indiana University and the School of Public Health-Bloomington are committed to keeping its degrees affordable for in-state and out-of-state students through low costs and generous financial aid, including:

  • Student Academic Appointments (details below)
  • Privately funded merit and need-based fellowships

Student Academic Appointments (SAA)

The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington offers a variety of appointments to support doctoral students:

  • Associate Instructor: A graduate student who is employed to teach and/or engages in activities as a teacher.

  • Graduate Assistant: A graduate student who, in an academic department or in an administrative office, assists in work associated with the duties of faculty members or administrators. Departments define the responsibilities.

  • Research Assistant: A graduate student who is engaged in or assists with original, professional-level, research.

Before you apply for an SAA

Requirements for domestic students:

Before you are considered for an SAA you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, even if you do not plan to accept any federal loans. The FAFSA determines eligibility for financial aid programs, including federal work-study. Student eligibility for federal work-study is critically important to the School of Public Health. While eligibility does not affect the total amount of money that the student receives, it reduces the school's contribution to this total amount by 75%, allowing the school to fund more students, invest in other initiatives, etc. After you complete the FAFSA you will be contacted if you qualify for work-study.

Requirements for international students:

To be eligible for an Associate Instructor appointment, international students MUST take the TEPAIC examination. A score of at least 80 is required on the internet-based test that includes overall TOEFL scores, sub-scores, and written scores. For more information, see the 2024-2025 SPH Bulletin. Prior to registering for the TEPAIC examination, your department will submit an email indicating that completing the exam is a department requirement. Visit the TEPAIC website for additional information.

SAA funding opportunities

SAAs are awarded by individual departments, so stipends and tuition reimbursement packages vary across the school. Review and allocation for SAA positions are very competitive. All students are welcome to apply for these opportunities; however, there is no guarentee that departments will provide SAA to all doctoral students.

SAA notification process

Applicants receiving funding will be notified by email before the end of May. Please be sure your email address is update through the Personal Information website.

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