- Listed Organizations on Campus
Making the academic connections (MAC) office
The MAC Office consists of a team of professional counselors committed to support services, programs, and advocacy for underrepresented students and 21st Century Scholars but is open to all students irrespective of race, creed, color, gender, class, and age.
Affirmative Action Office
The Office of Affirmative Action and Campus Diversity is a leader, a partner and a resource for educating the community and creating dialogues about inclusive excellence.
21st Century Scholar Corps
Scholar Corps is a student organization that connects students to group and individual volunteer opportunities related to their major and/or interest.
Office of International Student Services
The Office of International Programs promotes international education and strives to foster international understanding and awareness on campus and within the community.
Black Student Union
The Black Student Union is a student led organization that was established to foster support for and meet the comprehensive needs of African American students but is open to all students irrespective of race, creed, color, gender, class, and age.
Latino Student Union
The Latino Student Union is an on-campus organization striving to educate our students about diversity, civil rights issues, philanthropic events, and embracing the Hispanic culture of "familia", where we are united as one and help each other succeed.
Student association for civil rights and social justice
The purpose of the student association for civil rights and social justice is to serve as a resource and umbrella for other student organizations and individuals who share a concern and willing to fight for civil rights and social justice.
Sigma Gamma Rho
The sorority is a non-profit whose aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and the education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities.
The Saudi Club is an on-campus organization striving to educate our students about Saudi Arabian culture.
Feminist Student Union
The Feminist Student Union of Indiana University South Bend exists to provide a safe, inviting space for all IUSB students with a particular emphasis on issues of gender as they intersect with other identity categories. But is open to all students irrespective of race, creed, color, gender, class, and age.
The Japanese Club is an on-campus organization striving to educate our students about Japanese culture. But is open to all students irrespective of race, creed, color, gender, class, and age.
International Student Organization
The International Student Organization is the voice international student concerns and seek to promote an environment of cultural awareness and sensitivity on campus. All students, international or not, are welcome to join our group.
- Community resources and organizations
The Civil Rights Heritage Center
The CRHC is committed to the advancement of civil rights and social justice research, education and outreach.
The LGBTQ Center
The center promotes equality, builds community, and increases understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning experiences
The Robinson Community Center
The RCLC welcomes residents and partners to safely gather and interact according to any number of interests and/or for planning neighborhood activities
Las Casa de Amistad is a charitable organization that functions as a community center on the west side of South Bend.
The Hispanic Leadership Coalition (HLC)
HLC was founded in 1999. HLC is becoming one of Michiana's leading organizations serving the Latino community within the area. A non-partisan organization with the vision of uniting all Latino leaders in Northern Indiana, HLC members are committed to serving their community.
- Areas of study available across the IU South Bend system
Social and Cultural Certificate
A certificate in Social and Cultural Certificate prepares students to live in the global village and to be successful in the increasingly diverse workplace, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a Certificate in Social and Cultural Diversity.
African American Studies
A minor in African American Studies provides students with a focused understanding of the vital role of African-American culture and contributions in American life.
Women and Gender Studies
A major, minor, and four-year degree program in Women and Gender Studies that enable students to analyze how gender, in its dynamic interrelationship with race and class, has shaped and given meaning to people’s lives.
Latin American Studies
The Latin American/Latino Studies Program focuses on the culture, society, and history of South America, Central America and Mexico, and the Caribbean, as well as the experiences in the United States of people and their descendants from these regions.
IU South Bend - CAN provides training for individuals who are interested in becoming trained allies and joining the campus-wide network. The training curriculum includes information about terminology, campus resources and policies, identity development, the role of an ally, and other topics relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning individuals.
IU South Bend Brave seeks to create a living and learning community free from sexual violence through: (1) orienting all new students to sexual assault safety/reporting guidelines (2) engaging in year-round trainings (3) increasing survivor use of IUSB counseling services and better identifying and addressing the impact of sexual violence for all Student Counseling Center clients.
- Financial aid and Scholarships
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Start your scholarship search with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by finding out how to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Note: March 10 is the Priority Date. https://fafsa.ed.gov/
IUSB Scholarships - Students who complete the online scholarship application by the spring deadline are automatically considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Note: March 10 is the Priority Date. https://iusb.edu/scholarships/OSA.php
To make IUSB affordable for out of state students, IUSB participates in the Midwest Student Exchange Program. This enables out of state students to pay 150% of the in-state tuition rate. The reduction will be automatically posted for eligible students.
Office of Financial aid and Scholarships
The office of Financial aid and Scholarships can tell you more about financial aid opportunities and procedures. There office hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. Their phone number is 574 520-4357.
FAQ about Financial Aid
Am I eligible to receive financial aid?
To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must:
- Be a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States.
- Have a valid Social Security Number. (Students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are exempt from this requirement.)
- Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling. If you don’t, you may still be eligible for federal student aid if you were enrolled in college or career school prior to July 1, 2012. Go to http://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria for additional information.
- Be enrolled in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- Not owe a refund on a federal student grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
- Register (or already be registered) with the Selective Service System, if you are a male and not currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. (Students from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau are exempt from registering; see www.sss.gov for more information.)
- Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans). If you have such a conviction, you must complete the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet to determine if you are eligible for aid or partially eligible for aid.
Many types of federal student aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant or subsidized loans where the government pays the interest while you are in college, also require you to have financial need. Additionally, once you have a bachelor’s degree or a first professional degree, you are generally not eligible for Pell or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG).
Other requirements may apply. Contact the financial aid office at your college for more information.
What types of aid are available?
The U.S. Department of Education awards about $150 billion every year to help millions of students pay for college. This federal student aid is awarded in the form of grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans.
Grants are typically awarded on the basis of need and generally do not have to be repaid. There are four types of federal student grants:
- Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. (In some cases, students enrolled in post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs may receive Federal Pell Grants.) The maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the 2017-2018 award year is $5,920; however, the actual award depends on the student’s financial need, the college’s cost of attendance, the student’s enrollment status, and the length of the academic year in which the student is enrolled. Students can receive the Federal Pell Grant for up to the equivalent of 12 semesters.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. The amount of the award is determined by the college’s financial aid office and depends on the student’s financial need and the availability of funds at the college.
- Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants are awarded to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. If the service requirement is not fulfilled, it could turn into a loan.
- Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants are awarded to students whose parents or guardians were members of the Armed Forces and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001. To qualify, a student must have been under 24 years of age or enrolled in college at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.
The Federal Work-Study Program enables students to earn money during the school year while also gaining valuable work experience, typically in part-time, career-related jobs.
Loans consist of money that the student borrows to help pay for college, and must be repaid (plus interest). There are two federal student loan programs:
- The Federal Perkins Loan Program is a campus-based program that provides low-interest loans to undergraduate and graduate students. The amount of the award depends on the student’s financial need, the amount of other aid the student receives, and the availability of funds at his/her college.
- The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program enables students and parents to borrow money at low interest rates directly from the federal government. The Direct Loan Program includes Direct Stafford Loans, which are available to undergraduate and graduate students, and Direct PLUS Loans, which are available to parents of dependent students and to graduate and professional-degree students. A Direct Stafford Loan might be subsidized or unsubsidized. Direct PLUS Loans are always unsubsidized. Subsidized loans are based on financial need and are available only to undergraduate students. The federal government pays the interest on subsidized loans while the borrower is in college and during deferment. Unsubsidized loans are based on the student's education costs and other aid received. The borrower must pay all accrued interest on unsubsidized loans.
Other forms of financial aid that might be available to students include:
- State government aid.
- Scholarships. Some states, local governments, colleges, community organizations, private employers, and other organizations award scholarships based on academic ability or other factors.
- Tax credits for education expenses.
- Aid for the military.
How do I apply for aid?
To apply for federal student aid, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
By completing and submitting a FAFSA, you will automatically be considered for federal student aid. In addition, your state and college may use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for nonfederal aid.
Completing the FAFSA is an easy process, and it’s completely free. We recommend that you submit your FAFSA online using FAFSA on the Web, as your application will process within 3-5 days; alternatively, you can submit a paper FAFSA, which processes within 7-10 days.
- Student Rights & Legal Resources
IU South Bend vigorously investigates and prosecutes anyone who threatens, intimidates, or harasses any member of our community, and make special efforts to protect those who are targeted or at risk for physical harm, threats or intimidation.
The Student Counseling Center is committed to providing free and confidential help to IU South Bend students for a variety of personal and emotional difficulties.
Administration Building Suite 175
Phone: (574) 520-4125
The Affirmative Action Office is committed to taking proactive measures to foster an atmosphere in which students, faculty, and staff may work and study in an environment free from discrimination, bias, and prejudice.
Administration Bldg. Room 234
Phone: (574) 520-4524
The Office of Student Conduct is committed to promote a supportive campus environment, free from disruption and harm, to encourage appropriate standards of behavior, to foster ethical and civic values, and to adjudicate violations of the student code.
Administration Building 247A
Phone: (574) 520-5524
The South Bend Human Rights Commission is committed to provide service to the citizens of South Bend through impartial, unbiased decisions regarding discrimination charges filed with the South Bend Human Rights Commission under the ordinance in areas of employment, housing, public accommodation and education, based on race, religion, color, sex, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability and in familial status.
319 N. Niles Ave
South Bend, Indiana 46617
As a public institution that is bound by federal and state laws, Indiana University is able to, and will, take several steps to support all IU students, regardless of immigration status.