Frequently Asked Questions
Who can use RaiseMe?
High school freshmen (including rising freshmen), sophomores, juniors, and seniors can use RaiseMe.
Why should I use RaiseMe?
This free, online program will encourage you to start thinking about using your academic and personal achievements to help you reach your educational goals. You can track your progress toward scholarships.
Can I really get a scholarship?
Yes! We partnered with RaiseMe to allow you to track your progress toward earning IU South Bend scholarships and see how you can be a competitive applicant. Your RaiseMe total will be included in your financial aid package after you are admitted and your academic achievements, such as grades, courses taken and test scores, are verified through the admission process.
How much does it cost?
RaiseMe is entirely free for high school students. The cost of the program is paid by charitable foundations, colleges, and other funders.
How do I get started?
Begin by creating an account on RaiseMe. Once your account is established, you should follow IU South Bend, and add achievements, such as grades, extracurricular activities and leadership positions, to your portfolio.
How do I receive these scholarships from IU South Bend?
Students have to complete their RaiseMe profile by February 1 of their senior year and be admitted to IU South Bend by March 1. The award is automatically renewable when a student maintains a minimum 2.8 GPA, enrolls full-time each fall and spring term, and completes 30 credit hours in the academic year.
I’m in 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Can I add things I achieved earlier in high school?
Yes, you can fill in your high school portfolio retroactively with achievements going back to the start of 9th grade. You will be able to track your progress toward scholarships as if you have been using RaiseMe since 9th grade.
Do I have to use RaiseMe to receive IU South Bend scholarships?
No. RaiseMe is a tool for tracking your progress as you prepare for college. Participation is not mandatory. If you decide not to use RaiseMe, it will not hurt your chances of receiving funding from IU South Bend.
Can the RaiseMe scholarship be used in addition to other IU South Bend scholarships?Your final RaiseMe total represents a minimum amount of scholarship or grant aid you will receive in your IU South Bend financial aid package. If you receive a larger scholarship based upon other factors (like your college application and FAFSA), then that package will include the amount that you have earned on RaiseMe. RaiseMe amounts are always part of your IU South Bend award, not in addition to it.