No. If you wait until you are accepted, the HIEP deadline may have already passed. Apply for the HIEP Grant at the same time you apply for your program.
Yes. Most students do not receive their letter of acceptance to their overseas study program until after the grant deadline. Turn in your application before the deadline and send in a copy of the acceptance letter as soon as you receive it.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have not been officially accepted into your study abroad program, you must still apply for the HIEP Grant before the HIEP deadline; just submit one of the following as pending proof: 1) a letter/e-mail indicating that you have applied for a study abroad program; 2) a copy of the first page of your study abroad program application. 3) a statement indicating your intent to apply for a study abroad program. Once you are officially accepted into your study abroad program, you must submit your official acceptance notice from your study abroad program.
Students enrolling in programs that consists of a spring semester course and travel after the spring semester is over, such as BUS-X272 programs, should apply by the spring semester deadline of the last Friday in October.
Within 6 weeks after the HIEP deadline.
No. Once the deadline passes, you cannot apply for that awarding cycle.
You will submit your materials electronically through the HIEP online application system. (Note: Applicants going abroad on non-IU programs must submit a signed, hard-copy travel waiver form to the Hutton Honors College by the application deadline.)
To calculate your major GPA, make a list of the classes you've taken to satisfy requirements for your major, the credit hours of each, and your grade in each, then use the Registrar's GPA Calculator. You may wish to meet with your academic advisor to verify your major GPA. If you have not taken any classes in your major, then you do not have a major GPA.
In a 400-500 word essay, please answer the following: How will your proposed international experience contribute to your academic growth? Your professional growth? Your personal growth?
Once you have submitted your HIEP application, your faculty recommender will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letter.
Your recommendation must come from a Faculty member as defined by Indiana University. The HIEP electronic application system will automatically verify your recommender's faculty status, when you enter their IU username. To verify their status before accessing the HIEP application system, use the IU Address book and locate your recommender. Their status must say "Faculty" under "Affiliation."
The faculty recommender should answer the following questions about the applicant and his/her plans:
How long and how well and in what context do you know the applicant?
Have you discussed the applicant's plans?
Are the applicant's expense estimates realistic?
How will the proposed international experiences contribute to the applicant's academic, professional and/or personal growth?
If the proposal includes independent activities, does the applicant have the intellectual and personal maturity for a successful journey?
In your estimate, what is the single most compelling reason the Honors College should make this award to this applicant?
Recommenders may add any comments deemed appropriate.
Qualifying for the HIEP Grant
No. Preference is given to Hutton Honors and Hudson & Holland students, but any IUB undergraduate that meets the qualifications should apply.
No. You must hold an undergraduate status for the entire term you intend to use the funding. If you would like to be eligible, then you need to push back your official graduation date with the Registrar's office.
No. If you would like to discuss your options, please contact the HIEP manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. You must have completed one full semester (least 12 credit hours) of graded coursework at IU Bloomington. Since HIEP funding is based on merit, the HIEP Committee needs to evaluate your academic performance at IU Bloomington.
No. Students who have previously received HIEP funding are not eligible to apply for more. All HIEP funding is one-time-only. Please review the other scholarships offered at Hutton Honors College to see if your planned experience meets the qualifications for another award.
Yes, as long as your trip abroad is for an educational purpose and a faculty member supports your reason for travel.
Scholarship money is deposited into your Bursar account. It is applied to any outstanding balances, then disbursed to you by way of direct deposit or refund check. Checks are mailed to your current address.
Please note: If you are packaged with need-based federal financial aid (for example, Stafford loans, Pell Promise grants), and you receive one of the Hutton Honors College's grants, awards, scholarships, or prizes, your award from the Hutton Honors College may not be paid-out in the form of cash funds (i.e., as money paid into your Bursar account), but instead, may be used by IU's Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) to reduce your student loan burden. If your federal financial aid is sufficiently large, i.e., is close to or already meets your cost of attendance at Indiana University, you must contact OSFA (e-mail: email@example.com) to learn how your HIEP funding may impact your aid and to determine whether your cost of attendance budget can be adjusted accordingly.
Funds will not show on your bursar account until 10 days before the start of the term at IU. You may be able to see the scholarship as anticipated financial aid on your account. If the semester has started and it has been 2 weeks since signing for your award, please do contact us and we will look into the status for you. You can review additional information on IU Bursar refund policies.
Yes. You need to change your current address with the Registrar's office to the new address. You may also consider setting up direct deposit.
HIEP amounts range from $500 to $3,300. The amounts are based on a total combination of GPA, essay, strength of recommendation, and duration of overseas program. There is a preference for students studying abroad for a semester or a year.
We always receive more applications than we can afford to fund. Each application is carefully examined and decisions are based on merit. Some common reasons for denial include the following:
below GPA requirement
not submitting all of the required forms and material
not following instructions
weak academic record
having a non-faculty recommender
going to a country on the US Dept. of State Travel Warning List
Meet with the Director
The Director of International Experiences & Undergraduate Grants, Jeff Heerdink-Santos, is available for appointments and regular walk-in consultations about planning for study abroad, Hutton Honors College resources for students studying abroad, the HIEP Grant application process, and support with incorporating study abroad into program requirements for Hutton Honors College students. To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.