Information for Parents

Helpful Information for Parents

You are about to embark on a wonderful journey with your child . . . higher education! We understand that the transition to college holds special challenges for both students and their guardians, and we'd like to help make it as easy as possible.

This Web site will address some of your questions about getting your child started on the path to higher education and each step after enrollment. You will find information about tuition and financial aid, admission requirements, orientation, and academic majors and programs.

Please know that we have admissions counselors and academic advisors available Monday through Friday. Contact the Office of Admissions if your questions have not been addressed here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

My child is in high school


My child has been admitted to IU Kokomo

My child is an IU Kokomo Student


My child is transferring to IU Kokomo

Frequently Asked Questions

Why IU Kokomo?

IU Kokomo offers a wide array of degrees as well as certificate programs and professional degree programs (medical degrees) that can be completed on another campus. More than 80 percent of the full-time faculty have a doctoral degree or the highest degree offered in their field. Many professors are nationally recognized for their teaching, research, and scholarship. IU Kokomo supports your child's success with services such as the Writing Center and Math Lab, offering personalized tutoring; the Honors Program for outstanding students; and an Office of Career Services, to assist students with internships and job searches. Students can arrange a class schedule that fits their needs, choosing from more than 250 classes each semester, including day, evening, and some weekend classes. Some full-time students attend classes only two days a week. Located just off of US 31 in Kokomo, our state-of-the-art facilities are within driving distance from home.

What are the admission requirements for incoming freshmen?

For a beginning freshman student, we will examine your child's high school record including courses completed, class rank, and standardized test results. Please visit the Office of Admissions for more detailed admission requirements.

My child is home schooled. Can he/she still be admitted to IU Kokomo?

Yes. Students have enrolled at IU Kokomo with home school backgrounds, and as a group, these students have academically excelled. Our admission requirements for home school students are the same requirements used for students attending public or private schools.

What kinds of degree programs does IU Kokomo offer?

You can view a complete list of IU Kokomo's degrees, certificates, and professional programs here.

Is a university education worth the money?

Yes! Nothing opens doors of opportunity like a college degree.

How much does it cost to attend IU Kokomo?

Fees are charged to the student based on the number of credit hours the student is enrolled. A student who is considered full time must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours per semester. In addition to tuition, there are different fees assessed based upon what types of courses a student takes and how many courses are taken. You can visit the Office of the Bursar for a complete list of tuition and costs. A few sample scenarios of fee assessment for undergraduate students are available on the financial aid page.

Where can I find information about financial aid and scholarships?

The first step in receiving any financial aid is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available online at the FAFSA Web site. You are able to list up to six schools you would like the federal processor to send your child's information. The IU Kokomo school code is 001814. Once admitted and after Office of Scholarship & Financial Aid has received the FAFSA information, you will receive an award notification letter informing you how much aid (including grants, loans, and work-study monies) is available. has a great deal of information about paying for college and FastWeb is a great free scholarship search engine.

How large are classes at IU Kokomo?

The average class size is 21, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1.

Where do students live?

IU Kokomo has students who live at home and commute, and students who live on their own in Kokomo. We do not have on-campus housing or any partnerships with apartment complexes in the area. There are apartments located close to campus and there are apartments that offer student discounts. 

How safe is the campus?

IU Kokomo employs 10 police officers, (two full time IU officers and eight part time City of Kokomo Officers). In an effort to provide protection and security to the campus, the IU Kokomo Police Department provides a number of services, including emergency telephones directly connected to the IU Kokomo Public Safety Office. These phones provide free access for people on campus to request any type of assistance; students may request that a campus police escort them to their car or another building on campus. Additionally, the Office of Student Activities offers a self-defense course called Rape Aggression Defense (RAD).

Does IU Kokomo promote diversity?

The Office of Campus Climate provides a vital support system for African-American, Latino, American Indian, Asian, and other students of under-represented groups enrolled at Indiana University Kokomo. They offer a variety of services, including cultural heritage programs, educational support programs, leadership development, and mentoring. Campus Climate also assists in the development, administration, and evaluation of student recruitment and retention efforts for IU Kokomo.

Does IU Kokomo have services available to assist those with disabilities?

Yes. Disability Services works to make campus life and learning accessible for students with disabilities. Their mission is to provide the means for students with disabilities to achieve their academic goals. They offer services such as assistance of faculty, classroom modifications, alternative testing arrangements, informal counseling, recruitment and selection of interpreters, note takers, tutors, readers, parking decals, and computer assistance.

How can I schedule a campus visit?

Any time is a wonderful time to visit IU Kokomo during your college selection process. We offer campus tours led by current IU Kokomo students so that you can gain insight from their perspective on our university and find out why IU Kokomo was the right choice for them. The tour lasts approximately one hour and includes all of our classroom buildings, our new science building, our state-of-the-art library, and the Kelley Student Center. At the end of the tour, you are also welcome to speak to an admissions counselor about your options at IU Kokomo.

While you are on campus, you may also visit our bookstore, eat lunch in the commons, or meet with an academic advisor. If you would like to speak to a specific department or office, our staff would be more than happy to put you in touch with them when you reserve your tour. Want to schedule a tour? We have a flexible calendar that offers many morning and late afternoon tours. Please call the Office of Admissions at (765) 455-9217 or toll-free (888) 875-4485.

Do you offer open houses?

Visit our Campus Visit page for more information.

In the spring and fall we offer Visit In Person (V.I.P.) Days. V.I.P. Day is a half-day program for prospective high school juniors and seniors and their parents. The day includes interactive campus tours with faculty and information presentations; break-out session in Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services, and Student Activities; a scavenger hunt; and a resource fair.

In the Spring, we have Majors Day. This visit day is specifically for juniors and seniors who know what they want to major in to meet with advisors, faculty, and current students. Students have the opportunity to learn about specific programs at IU Kokomo and even sit in on some classes pertaining to their major. Parents are welcome to come to this visit day also.

The Department of Natural, Information & Mathematical Sciences sponsors open houses for high school juniors and seniors interested in majoring in science or pre-professional programs. These open houses are hands-on events exploring biology and chemistry in the lab. The day allows students to experience college for a morning and spend time in our science labs working with undergraduates and lab instructors. Seats are limited, so e-mail LuAnn Name to inquire about times or to reserve your spot.

Timeline for High School Students

9th and 10th grades

  • Take high-level English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language courses and map out a four-year plan of the courses you need to take in high school to get into college. This includes a math and English class every semester.
  • Work on your improving your vocabulary and math skills so you do well on the ISTEP+ test and others like the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.
  • Remember to stay in the top 50% of your class.

11th grade

  • Visit colleges during your junior year.
  • Take the SAT or ACT exam.

12th grade

  • Apply to your top college choices in the fall.

November 1

January 1 - March 10


  • Receive paperwork from IU Kokomo if you were selected for verification by the federal government.
  • Be admitted to IU Kokomo by March 1 to receive IU Kokomo Scholarships.


  • Your financial aid will be processed as an incoming freshman.
  • Your financial aid notification letter will be sent once your aid has been processed and will be viewable via your Onestart account.
  • You must accept your loan (if you still wish to receive it) via your Onestart account.
  • Sign an Electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN).
  • Participate in  Entrance Counseling.



  • Bills may be due depending on when you registered for classes. View tuition costs and payment plans at the Office of the Bursar.
  • View your bill via your Onestart account. You will not receive a paper bill.


  • You will receive financial aid, deposited into your bursar account, 10 days prior to classes starting. If you are receiving a refund, the bursar will issue a refund check five days prior to the start of classes.
  • Attend the New Student Convocation.
  • Classes start.