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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 Scholars@che.IN.gov.

1. What steps must I, as an eligible 21st Century Scholar, take to use my Scholarship?
  • Be enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars Program.
  • Maintain Indiana residency, as determined by the permanent residence of your parent or legal guardian.
  • Submit an Affirmation Form by March 10 of your senior year in high school.
  • Apply to and be admitted to an eligible Indiana college, university or proprietary school as a high school senior.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 10 deadline during your senior year of high school and every year thereafter until you graduate from college. You can request a FAFSA to be mailed to you or you can complete the FAFSA online at FAFSA.ed.gov.
  • Fix any errors on your FAFSA by the May 15 deadline.
  • Respond to any requests for additional information from the 21st Century Scholars program, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education or your college by stated deadlines.
2. How will the Scholarship funds be distributed?

Once accepted and enrolled full-time at an eligible institution, the 21st Century Scholarship will be disbursed directly to the college on behalf of the student. Your tuition bill will reflect the amount deducted for the 21st Century Scholarship. Money will never be paid directly to a student.

3. Can I use the Scholarship if I am enrolled in college courses as a part-time student?

No. You must be enrolled as a full-time student.

4. Where can I use my 21st Century Scholarship?

Your 21st Century Scholars award can be used at an eligible public, private (independent) or proprietary school in Indiana. Institutions outside the state of Indiana are not eligible to receive 21st Century Scholarship funds.

5. What does the 21st Century Scholarship cover?

At in-state, public two-year and four-year colleges, your award covers up to 100 percent of tuition and some regularly assessed fees such as technology, student-activity and health-services fees. Your award pays part of the tuition at private or independent colleges and approved for-profit specialty or proprietary schools. (A list of colleges that accept the 21st Century Scholarship is available at Scholars.IN.gov/eligiblecolleges).

The scholarship does not cover the cost of books, room and board, parking fees, lab fees or any other fees assessed that are not assessed to all students.

6. What support is available to me once I am enrolled in college?

Colleges must provide support services to Scholars who enroll in their schools. Scholars are not required to participate in the support programs provided by their colleges, but the opportunity is a definite advantage and will increase your chance of completing college on time with a valuable degree. Support services vary widely from one college to another, but examples of support include tutoring assistance, financial aid assistance and personal assistance in adapting to college life, social opportunities and service opportunities. At some campuses, ScholarCorps members provide specific support services and mentoring just for 21st Century Scholars. See the last part of our staff list for a list of Scholar Corps members. Additionally, please view the list of incentives and supplemental supports provided by various colleges around the state by clicking here.

7. I have already earned a bachelor's degree, but have semester(s) of Scholarship eligibility remaining. Can I use those semesters of eligibility toward a second bachelor's degree or toward an advanced degree?

Congratulations on completing a college degree! Unfortunately, 21st Century Scholarship funds can only be applied to approved costs associated with attaining your first bachelor's degree.

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