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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, 2016
  • File a FAFSA by March 10, 2016
  • Correct/update the FAFSA by May 15, 2016
  • Earn a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of graduation
  • 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. To view a brief presentation outlining these requirements, click here to view the Senior Presentation.

Attention Scholars: Scholars who enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars program after June 30, 2011 are subject to a financial means test and are no longer guaranteed full tuition at eligible Indiana colleges. Click here to learn more. 

Submit an Affirmation Form by March 10, 2016

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 Online Affirmation Form online by clicking here. The best way to affirm is online since it is processed instantly.

File a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 10, 2016

In order to receive any type of state financial aid, including the 21st Century Scholarship, all 21st Century Scholar Seniors must file a completed 2016-2017 FAFSA by March 10, 2016. The 2016-2017 FAFSA can be accessed at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and will be available on January 1, 2016. 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

FAFSA Fridays: Indiana's FAFSA Fridays will occur in February 2016, although it is suggested that schools, at minimum, participate on February 19 (right before College Goal Sunday on February 21, 2016). Schools, colleges and community partners will be provided with the resources to host a live, on-site event for high school seniors and college students.  FAFSA Fridays goal is to have every high school senior and current college student complete the FAFSA—not just learn about how to do it.

Senior Scholars must complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA by March 10, 2016 even if they do not enroll or plan to enroll in college until the fall 2016 term.

Correct/Update the FAFSA by May 15, 2016

Once the FAFSA has been submitted, any corrections or updates to the information provided must be made by May 15, 2016. Corrections/updates can be made at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

Earn a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 Scale at the time of graduation

Beginning with the high school graduating Class of 2015, all 21st Century Scholars must earn a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of graduation. TTo learn more about the minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA requirement and access student resources, visit the 2.5 GPA Requirements page.    

Apply to an Eligible Indiana College

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 eligible Indiana colleges. 

Additional information about financial aid incentives and special programs for 21st Century Scholars at each campus is available on the Scholar Incentives page.

Enroll as a Full-Time Student

To receive the 21st Century Scholarship, current 2016 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 2017 term.

NOTE: Students must complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA by March 10, 2016 even if they do not enroll or plan to enroll in college until the fall 2016 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, 2015 and remain so throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

Senior Affirmation Meetings

21st Century Scholars Outreach staff are conducting senior affirmation meetings from September 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 21st Century Scholarship. Scholars will be notified of these events by mail, phone, or school counselors. You can also call the Student Support Center at 1.888.528.4719 to find 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. 

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