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First Year Experience

Parents eNewsletter   |   June 2017

Welcome to the Hoosier Family

Whether you’re a pro or new to the experience of parenting a college student, we're here for you. In the coming months, we’ll send you the info you need and the stories you want to hear, starting with this update on students moving in early for the 2017-18 school year.

Experience IU: Prior to Welcome Week

Looking to arrive in Bloomington a little earlier than August 16? In order for your student to move-in early, they'll need to sign up for an IU-approved program such as Experience IU. Beginning July 15, students may register their pre-August 16 arrival date and, at the same time, sign up for Experience IU. The full Experience IU pre-welcome week schedule is on the IU FYE app within the Welcome Week guide. Look for an email after your orientation for more information about early move-in.

And for you first-timers, enjoy a peek at last year’s Welcome Week.

Setting up third-party access

Setting up third-party access

We know it’s important for you to see what’s happening with your student's account. Students can grant a parent, guardian, or other person access to pay bills, see grades, and view financial aid award and summary information by authorizing third-party access. Your student will need to visit and go to Set Up 3rd Party Users to authorize permissions.

Read more about third-party access.

Keeping Financial Aid

Helping your student keep their financial aid

Students who have completed the FAFSA and have been awarded financial aid need to do a few things to make sure they keep it. In addition to maintaining required enrollment status, your student must also meet satisfactory academic progress which includes:
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of no less than the graduation requirements for their academic program.
  • Successfully complete their coursework no less than 67% of their total attempted courses.
  • Complete their degree within a certain number of credit hours.

Learn more about each of these requirements.

Finding additional funding opportunities

  • IU has several strategies for keeping an IU education affordable, but if you’ve already looked for scholarships and grants to help fund your student’s education, a federal loan might be the next best step. As a parent or stepparent of a dependent undergraduate student, you can apply for a fixed-rate Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan.
  • After considering federal loans, another option may be private student loans. Your student can apply through the lender of their choice and can be used for tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other education-related expenses.

Find a loan that works for you.

Finding additional funding opportunities

Dates to remember:

  • August 16-20 – Welcome Week
  • August 18 – Jobs Fair
  • August 21 – Classes Begin
  • September 10 – Bursar Bill Due
  • September 15-17 – Family Weekend

See the fall calendar.

IU FYE app

The IU First Year Experience app will keep your student updated throughout their first year at IU Bloomington. From New Student Orientation to Welcome Week and Experience IU, the IU FYE app will connect your students to events happening across campus.

Download the app today.

Finding additional funding opportunities
Your student checklist

Check off your to-do list

Make sure your student is ready for the fall! Check and re-check the "To Do List" and FY(Me) To-Do List. And if your student hasn't done so already, be sure to visit FY(Me) to register for Orientation.


Office of First Year Experience Programs
326 N. Jordan
Bloomington, IN 47405