Frequently Asked Questions

Award money

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: 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:

  1. incomplete application
  2. below GPA requirement
  3. not submitting all of the required forms and material
  4. weak essay
  5. not following instructions
  6. late application
  7. weak academic record
  8. having a non-faculty recommender
  9. 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