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Perform Academically

Read on for more information about 21st Century Scholar requirements for college students, and for tips on meeting your personal academic goals.


21st Century Scholars must complete at least 30 credits each academic year in order to receive the full scholarship award. The full award covers up to 100% of tuition and mandatory fees at Indiana public colleges.

Completing at least 30 college credits each academic year is the best way to stay on track to graduate on time. Scholars who complete fewer credits may be eligible for a reduced scholarship award (about 35% of the amount you would have received by earning the full award). The number of credits completed will be evaluated at the end of each academic year, which typically includes fall, spring, and summer terms at traditional-semester colleges.

The table below shows how the number of credits completed each year relates to the award amount Scholars would be eligible to receive at an Indiana four-year public college the following year.


Approximate Award Amount at a Four-Year
Public College


End of
First Year

End of
Second Year

End of
Third Year

Full Award

100% of tuition and mandatory fees

30 credits

60 credits

90 credits

Frank O’Bannon Award

$3,400 or less

24-29 credits

48-59 credits

72-89 credits

No Award


23 credits or fewer

47 credits or fewer

71 credits or fewer

Credit amounts are based on traditional semester calendars. If you attend a university that uses trimesters or quarters, talk to your financial aid office about the credit hour equivalent at your school.

In addition to the credit completion requirements, students must earn Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as determined by their institutions. SAP usually includes a minimum grade point average (GPA) per semester, as well as a limit on incomplete and withdrawals from courses. Students with questions about their SAP status should contact their college’s financial aid office.

All students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Indiana’s March 10 deadline to receive the Scholarship and any other financial aid from the State of Indiana.


Contact the Student Support Center at 1-888-528-4719 or Scholars@che.in.gov