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In exchange for upholding the 21st Century Scholar Pledge to succeed in school and life, Scholars receive up to four years of tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university.  Since the 21st Century Scholars Program began in 1990, more than 57,000 Hoosier students have received more than $347 million in state financial aid dollars. Scholars who are currently enrolled in college or who have graduated can continue to give back to the program by serving as Scholar Ambassadors.

Scholarship Awards

Scholars must enroll in an eligible Indiana college or university within one year of graduating from high school to receive the Scholarship. Many colleges offer special incentives for 21st Century Scholars, ranging from fee waivers and supplemental scholarships to on-campus support programs. 

The 21st Century Scholarship must be used for college tuition and regularly-assessed college fees (such as a technology fee). The Scholarship cannot be used to cover the cost of books or room and board. The Scholarship is applied after any other student financial aid from the State of Indiana is awarded. Other awards are subtracted from the original amount of the 21st Century Scholarship. In other words, the total financial aid students receive from the State of Indiana will not be greater than the cost of tuition at a public Indiana college or university.

Scholarship Amounts

Scholarship amounts may vary depending on the year the student enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars Program. [Verify a Scholar’s enrollment date or view requirements by grade level to learn more.]  Scholars who enrolled after June 30, 2011 are subject to annual financial means testing once they enroll as a college student. While in college, the Scholar’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be determined based on the information provided on the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Scholars who demonstrate financial need will receive up to full tuition. For students attending a four-year college (public or private), the full tuition amount is comparable to tuition at a four-year public college. For students attending Ivy Tech Community College or a proprietary (for-profit) institution, the full tuition amount is comparable to tuition at Ivy Tech. The amount may be adjusted based on the availability of funds and the family’s EFC.

Scholars who DO NOT demonstrate financial need will receive a one-time award of up to $2,500, if the student has not previously received the 21st Century Scholarship. Students who have already received the Scholarship, but no longer demonstrate financial need, will receive no further financial aid from the 21st Century Scholars program. Should the student demonstrate financial need in future years, the student may be eligible to receive other forms of state financial aid such as the Frank O’Bannon Grant.

Scholarship Duration

The Scholarship pays for up to eight semesters of college tuition. 21st Century Scholars must enroll in college within one year of high school graduation, and Scholarship funds run out eight years after the date the student first uses state financial aid (for those students who start college after July 1, 2011). Students may take a semester or more off and still claim the Scholarship as long as they file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year, even if they intend to take time off from college. Students must be enrolled as full-time students in good academic standing at an eligible Indiana institution in order to receive the Scholarship.