Requirements to Activate Your 21st Century Scholarship
In addition to steps all high school seniors should take to prepare for and apply to college (http://www.learnmoreindiana.org/), there are requirements ALL 21st Century Scholar Seniors must meet in order to be eligible to receive the 21st Century Scholarship:
- Submit an Affirmation form by March 10, 2015
- File a FAFSA by March 10, 2015
- Correct/update the FAFSA by May 15, 2015
- Apply to an Eligible Indiana College during their senior year of high school
- Enroll as a full-time student in college
- Maintain Indiana Residency
- Review state financial aid requirements including the new College Credit Hour Completion Requirement
A brief summary of each of these requirements is listed below.
Submit an Affirmation Form by March 10, 2015
The 21st Century Scholar Affirmation Form confirms that a Scholar has honored his or her 21st Century Scholars Pledge. Scholars can complete the 21st Century Scholar Affirmation Form online by clicking here. The best way to affirm is online since it is processed instantly. However, if you would prefer to complete a paper Affirmation Form you can download a PDF of the form by clicking here.
In order to receive any type of state financial aid, including the 21st Century Scholarship, all 21st Century Scholar Seniors must file a completed 2015-2016 FAFSA by March 10, 2015. The 2015-2016 FAFSA can be accessed at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and will be available on January 1, 2015. (Your FAFSA must be received by the federal processor as of this date.)
FAFSA Help: Almost every local community hosts a FAFSA information session or Financial Aid night, where students and parents can get information and direct support to complete the FAFSA. In addition, the 21st Century Scholars program has entered into partnerships with several organizations who are conducting FAFSA help sessions state wide. At these events, Scholars and parents can get their questions regarding FAFSA and financial aid answered, and in many cases actually receive direct assistance in completing the FAFSA. These program partners can also help Scholars get online to complete their Affirmation. For a description of these program partners and information on the FAFSA information sessions they are hosting, click here.
Looking for online help with the FAFSA? Students and parents can receive virtual support through Learn More Indiana’s FAFSA Friday event, on February 20 at 6 pm EST. During this live interactive webinar, financial aid experts will walk students and parents through the FAFSA filing process and answer questions submitted online. More information about FAFSA Friday is available at http://www.learnmoreindiana.org/.
Senior Scholars must complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA by March 10, 2015 even if they do not enroll or plan to enroll in college until the fall 2015 term.
Correct/Update the FAFSA by May 15, 2015
Once the FAFSA has been submitted, any corrections or updates to the information provided must be made by May 15, 2015. Corrections/updates can be made at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
A 21st Century Scholar must apply for admission to an Indiana college he or she will attend by the deadline for each college.
Click here for a list of Indiana colleges, universities and proprietary schools that accept the 21st Century Scholarship.
Enroll as a Full-Time Student
To receive the 21st Century Scholarship, current 2015 high school graduates must enroll as a full-time student (12 or more credit hours) at an eligible Indiana institution no later than the fall 2016 term.
NOTE: Students must complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA by March 10, 2015 even if they do not enroll or plan to enroll in college until the fall 2015 term.
Maintain Indiana Residency
In order to receive state financial aid, including the 21st Century Scholarship, a Scholar and the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) listed on his or her FAFSA must maintain Indiana residency.
The Scholar and parent must be Indiana residents as of December 31, 2014 and remain so throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.
Senior Affirmation Meetings
21st Century Scholars Outreach staff are conducting senior affirmation meetings from October to March at high schools, colleges, and community centers across the state. 21st Century Scholar Senior affirmation meetings include important information about the FAFSA and senior affirmation process as well as information on what students must do after high school to maintain eligibility for the 2st Century Scholarship. Scholars will be notified of these events by mail, phone, or their guidance counselors. You can also call the Central 21st Century Scholars Office at 1.888.528.4719 to see if there is a Senior Affirmation Meeting scheduled near you.
Review State Financial Aid Requirements Including the New College Credit Hour Completion Requirement
As a 21st Century Scholarship recipient, it is important to be aware of the state financial aid requirements that you must meet and continue to meet to activate and receive your scholarship. This online presentation describes the different requirements that you should familiarize yourself with, including the new College Credit Hour Completion Requirement.
- 21st Century Scholars Senior Checklist
- Credit Completion Requirements Information Sheet
- High School Senior FAQ
- eStudent Overview