Starting this fall, more Hoosiers will be able to earn money for resume-building internship experiences through the EARN Indiana program. EARN Indiana is the state’s work-study program, which provides funding and other support for income-eligible Hoosier college students with paid internships. The program will expand eligibility this fall to include returning adult students and has also increased the income eligibility threshold to include more students.
To be eligible for the EARN program, college students must demonstrate financial need through their families’ expected contribution to their college education. Expected Family Contribution is calculated each year when students file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This fall the expected family contribution required to participate in the EARN Indiana program will increase from $7,500 or less to $24,808 or less – providing internship opportunities to thousands more Hoosier college students. Eligible students are connected with employers offering EARN internships through Indiana INTERNnet.
“The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is committed to continued collaboration with Indiana INTERNnet to build upon EARN Indiana’s success,” remarks Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education. “The changes coming to the program this fall will give more Hoosier college students the opportunity to gain meaningful workplace experience, preparing them for success after college.”
In addition to opening the program to more traditional college students, some of Indiana’s returning adults are now also eligible for EARN Indiana. Now Hoosiers who are eligible for the Adult Student Grant may participate in the program. This expansion will give adults taking advantage of Indiana’s You Can. Go Back. program the opportunity to gain work experience and meet employers in their field of study. You Can. Go Back. encourages Hoosiers with some college and no degree to go back to school and complete a postsecondary credential.
“Hundreds of students have found meaningful internships through Indiana INTERNnet and the EARN Indiana program, and employers throughout the state have benefited from the students’ talents and the state’s funding,” said Janet Boston, Executive Director of Indiana INTERNnet. “We’re excited about the changes coming to EARN Indiana and the opportunity to connect more students with quality Indiana employers.”
Additional changes to the program include streamlining the application process for employers who offer longer-term internship opportunities by merging the fall and spring enrollment waves.
Students and employers interested in EARN Indiana can find more information on the website at www.in.gov/che/4505.htm.