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IU South Bend Elkhart Center


You must be formally admitted to IU South Bend before you can register for classes at the Elkhart Center. For specific admission requirements, go to Admissions or contact the Office of Admissions at 574-520-4872.  Application, financial aid, and scholarship information is available at the Elkhart Center.  New student packets may be picked up at 125 E. Franklin Street during regular office hours. 

An admissions counselor is available to meet with prospective students at the Elkhart Center on Monday afternoons between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.  To make an appointment with the Elkhart Center admissions counselor, contact Chad Crabtree at 574-520-4872 or

Placement Testing

Incoming students must take any required placement exams as determined by the Admissions Office.  Placement test scores are used to place students in courses appropriate to their skill level.  You can find exams dates, information and reservation procedures on the placement exam web site.

Academic Advising

As an IU South Bend student you will be assigned an academic advisor to help you with course selection and registration, provide you with information about degree programs, and serve as your mentor.  Students with declared majors are advised within the college or school of their major. If you are undecided about your major, you can go to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center on the South Bend campus or you can make an appointment with Kerry Lawson, CLAS Academic Advisor at the Elkhart Center. 

Financial Aid/Scholarships

To apply for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  by the priority application date, March 10.  To help you complete the FAFSA an online a financial aid worksheet is available at the Elkhart Center.  FAFSA applications received after the priority date may not be processed by the time tuition and fees are due.  Financial aid questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at 574-520-4357 or e-mail

Scholarship information is available on the scholarship web site.  Several scholarships are awarded exclusively to students from Elkhart. 

The Verizon Scholarship is available to students who complete their freshman year (at least 24 credit hours) in the SmartStart Program at the IU South Bend Elkhart Center.   To be eligible for the Verizon Scholarship, you must declare a course of study, earn a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0, and enroll in at least two courses at IU South Bend for the following fall semester. Application deadline is April 1.

The Esther P. Noffsinger Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled at IU South Bend who take at least one course at the IU South Bend Elkhart Center each semester the award is received.  You must also reside in Elkhart County and demonstrate a record of academic merit by having a minimum GPA of 2.5.  Preference is given to single mothers.  Application deadline is April 1.

Jack and Sherron Schuster Scholarship is awarded to five recipients annually in the amount of $2,500 each.  Awards are given to nursing, education, or accounting majors, who are residents of Elkhart County, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, demonstrate a financial need, and are citizens of the United States.  Preference is given to students who intend to reside in Elkhart County upon completion of their degree, and are enrolled in at least one class at the Elkhart Center each semester that the scholarship is in effect.  Application deadline is April 1.

Additional scholarships for Elkhart County residents which are awarded by the Elkhart Community Foundation may be found at


A detailed listing of tuition and other charges are located on the Bursar's page.

The Elkhart Center does not accept any payment (tuition, parking fees, fines or other charges). Please refer to the Bursar's web site for billing and payment information.


At the beginning of each semester, textbooks for classes at the Elkhart Center can be obtained at IU South Bend Book Store located in Northside Hall at 1825 Northside Boulevard, South Bend, IN.  To order textbooks online, go to