Complete your understanding of the 21st Century Scholars Program with the detailed questions and answers below. Answers to more specific questions are always available by calling the Student Support Center at 1-888-528-4719 or by emailing

1. What is the 21st Century Scholars Program?

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program is the state’s premier college scholarship and preparation program for low-income Hoosier students. Students who fulfill the Scholar Pledge are provided up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university. Scholars also receive a variety of support services designed to help them succeed in school and complete college.

In return for keeping the Scholars Pledge and meeting the expectations of the Scholar Success Program throughout high school and college, the Commission for Higher Education commits to providing Scholars with up to four years of undergraduate tuition assistance at an eligible Indiana college or university, dependent on financial need.

As a Scholar, you pledge to:

  • Complete the Scholar Success Program, which includes activities at each grade level in high school to help you plan, prepare and pay for college.
  • Graduate from a state-accredited high school with a minimum of a Core 40 diploma and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Not use illegal drugs, commit a crime or delinquent act, or consume alcohol before reaching the legal drinking age.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 10 as a high school senior and each year thereafter until you graduate from college.
  • Apply to an eligible Indiana college as a high school senior, and enroll as a full-time student within one year of high school graduation.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards established by my college.
  • Complete 30 credit hours each year you are in college to stay on track toward earning your degree on time.

Students' families must meet income eligibility guidelines, and students must apply by June 30 of their 8th grade year.

2. Why was the Program established?

The 21st Century Scholars Program was established to:

  • Reduce the number of students who withdraw from high school before graduation.
  • Increase the number of students who are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.
  • Increase the number of students entering postsecondary educational institutions in Indiana.
  • Decrease drug and alcohol abuse by encouraging higher educational pursuits.
  • Increase individual economic vitality.
  • Improve the overall quality of life for many Indiana residents.
3. Am I eligible to enroll in this program?

Complete eligibility requirements are available on this page.

To apply for the 21st Century Scholars Program you must:

  • Be a resident of Indiana, both when you apply and when you receive the scholarship (determined by the residency of your parent or legal guardian).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Read the citizenship qualifications for details..
  • Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at a public school, charter school, freeway school or other Indiana school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Children in Foster Care may apply after the 8th grade.  Homeschooled students are not eligible for the 21st Century Scholars Program.
  • Fulfill the 21st Century Scholars Pledge.
  • Be one of the following:
    • A member of a family at or below the 2015-16 income maximums. (See below.)
    • Placed in foster care.
4. How do I check my current 21st Century Scholar status?

To check a Scholar's enrollment status, please visit the Scholar status website.

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