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Indiana: Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver and Discount

This is a comprehensive guide for all senior citizen tuition waivers, discounts, and auditable classes in the state of Indiana.  I am working hard to get the information up-to-date covering all fifty states, which is quite a feat.  To stay informed on all free classes for seniors near me, check back often for the most recent updates.

This is the statute concerning tuition waivers for senior citizens in the state of Indiana.  A list of contacts for all universities and community colleges will be listed also.

"Information Maintained by the Office of Code Revision Indiana Legislative Services Agency

IC 20-12-19.3
Chapter 19.3. Tuition Exemption for Senior Citizens

IC 20-12-19.3-1
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "commission" refers to the state student assistance commission (as defined in IC 20-12-21-4).
As added by P.L.127-1990, SEC.3.

IC 20-12-19.3-2
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "institution" means a state college or university that is supported in whole or in part by appropriations made by the general assembly, including any branch campus operated by a state college or university.
As added by P.L.127-1990, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.166-1991, SEC.1.

IC 20-12-19.3-3
Senior citizen
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "senior citizen" means an Indiana resident who:
(1) is at least sixty (60) years of age;
(2) has graduated from high school or has received a:
(A) general equivalency degree; or
(B) state of Indiana general educational development (GED) diploma under IC 20-10.1-12.1;
(3) is retired; and
(4) is not employed on a full-time basis.
As added by P.L.127-1990, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.149-1995, SEC.12.

IC 20-12-19.3-4
Duties of the institution; tuition waiver
Sec. 4. (a) Except as provided in subsection (c), an institution shall:
(1) admit a senior citizen to any scheduled course where there is space available; and
(2) grant a waiver of the tuition assessed for the course as provided in subsection (b).
(b) The amount of the tuition waived under subsection (a) shall be equal to fifty percent (50%) of the in-state tuition assessed for the course by the institution.
(c) An institution is not required to do the following:
(1) Allow a senior citizen to enroll in a degree-granting program unless the senior citizen meets the admission standards of the institution.
(2) Permit the full-time equivalent enrollment of senior citizens for whom tuition has been waived to exceed two percent (2%) of the institution's undergraduate full-time equivalent enrollment.
(3) Waive a senior citizen's tuition for more than the equivalent of nine (9) semester hours per semester.
(4) Waive fees for self-supporting programs, applications, registration, or laboratory work.
As added by P.L.127-1990, SEC.3.

IC 20-12-19.3-5
Senior citizen's tuition fund
Sec. 5. (a) The senior citizen's tuition fund is established to provide full or partial reimbursements to institutions for the amount of tuition waived under section 4 of this chapter.
(b) The fund shall be administered by the commission.
(c) The expenses of administering the fund shall be paid from money in the fund.
(d) The treasurer of the state shall invest the money not currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the same manner as other public funds may be invested.
As added by P.L.127-1990, SEC.3.

IC 20-12-19.3-6
Reimbursement to institution
Sec. 6. (a) An institution may receive a reimbursement from the fund for an amount equal to:
(1) the amount of total tuition waived under section 4 of this chapter; or
(2) if the amount in the fund is insufficient to cover the tuition waivers for all of the institutions, a pro-rata reduction of the number of total tuition waivers based upon the number of senior citizens for which the institution provides tuition waivers compared to the total number of senior citizens who participate under this chapter statewide.
(b) To receive reimbursement under subsection (a), the institution must apply to the commission, on forms provided by the commission, for the reimbursement.
As added by P.L.127-1990, SEC.3.

IC 20-12-19.3-7
Comprehensive report
Sec. 7. (a) In addition, not later than thirty (30) days after the end of each semester (or its equivalent if the institution does not conduct its academic year on a semester basis), each institution shall provide the commission and the commission for higher education with a comprehensive report detailing the extent to which the institution participated in the senior citizen tuition exemption under this chapter.
(b) The report must include the following information:
(1) The number of senior citizens who qualified for a tuition exemption.
(2) The courses in which the senior citizens enrolled.
(3) The number of semester hours (or its equivalent) taken by senior citizens under this chapter.
(4) Any other pertinent information required by the commission.
As added by P.L.127-1990, SEC.3. Amended by P.L.166-1991, SEC.2.

IC 20-12-19.3-8
Offering other educational opportunities not prohibited
Sec. 8. This chapter does not prohibit an institution from offering other educational opportunities that are not covered by this chapter to senior citizens at no charge or at a reduced charge.
As added by P.L.127-1990, SEC.3.

IC 20-12-19.3-9
Rules adopted to implement chapter
Sec. 9. The commissioner may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to implement this chapter.
As added by P.L.127-1990, SEC.3."

Indiana Code 20-12-19.3


This is the list of the colleges and universities in Indiana:

Indiana State University
Contact Info: 1.800.468.6478

Ball State University
Contact Info:  765.289.1241

Butler University
Contact Info: 800.368.6852

University of Southern Indiana
Contact Info: 812.464.8600

Indiana University Bloomington
Contact Info: 812.855.4848

Indiana University East 
Contact Info: 765.973.8208

Indiana University Kokomo
Contact Info: 765.455.9217

Indiana University Northwest 
Contact Info: 219.980.6501

Indiana University South Bend 
Contact Info: 574.520.4872

Indiana University Southeast 
Contact Info: 812.941.2333

Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus 
Contact Info: 812.348.7271

Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne
Contact Info: 260.481.6100

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 
Contact Info: 317.274.5555

Contact Info: 888.484.3258
Contact Info: 317.955.6000

Purdue University 
Contact Info:  765.494.4600

Purdue University Northwest
Contact Info: 219.989.2400

Purdue University-College of Technology
Contact Info: 765.494.4600

Contact Info: 317.788.3216

Vincennes University
Contact Info:  800.742.9198


Here is your list of community colleges from the Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Systems.

Ivy Tech Community Colleges
  • Anderson
  • Batesville
  • Bloomington 
  • Columbus
  • Connersville
  • Crawfordsville
  • Crown Point
  • East Chicago
  • Elk Hart
  • Evansville
  • Fort Wayne
  • Frankfort
  • Franklin
  • Gary
  • Greencastle
  • Greensburg
  • Hamilton County
  • Indianapolis
  • Kokomo
  • La Porte
  • Lafayette
  • Lake County
  • Lawrence
  • Lawrenceburg
  • Logansport
  • MADE@
  • Plainfield
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Michigan City
  • Monticello
  • Muncie
  • New Castle
  • North Vernon
  • Peru
  • Princeton
  • Richmond
  • Rushville
  • Scottsburg
  • Sellersburg
  • Seymour
  • Shelbyville
  • South Bend
  • Tell City
  • Terre Haute
  • Valparaison
  • Warsaw
The bullets listed under each campuses are facilities that classes may also be taken.

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