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How to sponsor a student

You’re helping an IU Indianapolis student go further. Find out how and when to submit sponsorship payments.

Paying a scholarship

Scholarship payment differs from making a sponsor payment

Starting the sponsorship process

To become a sponsor at Indiana University, you must be able to enroll in and use our vended sponsor portal. This portal will be used to obtain invoices and submit payments and will ensure enhanced security for our sponsors via email authentication.

Your organization (or the student you’re sponsoring) must submit a financial voucher or other documentation indicating what portion of the student’s tuition and fees should be billed to you. This voucher might be considered:

  • An authorization
  • A letter of credit
  • A financial guarantee

The documentation should include, at a minimum, the following information:

  • The sponsored student’s name and university ID
  • The authorized term (e.g., spring 2019) or range of dates covered by the voucher
  • Sponsor contact information, including name, mailing address, and phone number of the primary contact
  • The amount authorized or the types of charges covered by the voucher

Set up your account

You’ll need to get set up with an account before you can pay as a sponsor.

Here’s the process:

  • Fill out the sponsor form
  • We’ll set up your account
  • The payment portal, Nelnet, will send you an email
  • Follow the steps in the email to finalize your account

Important note for sponsors

As a sponsor, you cannot make your payment of fees conditional upon final grades, course completion, or employment status.

Sponsored student vouchers, invoices, and due dates

To avoid late fees, be sure to submit vouchers to the Office of the Bursar by the due date listed on the student’s bill. Vouchers submitted after the fourth full week of a term may be declined.

We’ll credit the student’s account within 48 hours after we receive a voucher, and we’ll send you an invoice after the term’s refund periods end (approx. 6 weeks into the term). The invoice will be due in full within 30 days.

If you don’t pay in full by the due date, we’ll contact you to determine why payment has been delayed. If you neither pay nor respond, we’ll contact the student at their university email address to request that they follow up with you. In most cases, a delay in payment is due to a sponsor needing additional information from the student.

We reserve the right to decline further vouchers from you or resume collection of debt from the student if you do not pay.

IU Indianapolis

Office of the Bursar

PO Box 6020
Indianapolis, IN 46206