Maintaining Your 21st Century Scholarship
You must fulfill certain requirements during college to maintain eligibility for your 21st Century Scholarship. The resources in this guide, as well as support on campus, will provide you with the tools and information you need to keep your scholarship.
1) Enroll full time
You must remain a full-time student, which requires taking a minimum of 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. But keep in mind, unless you earned dual or Advanced Placement credits in high school, taking 12 credits per semester won’t put you on track to complete the 30 credits per year needed to meet the completion requirement.
2) Complete 30 credit hours each year
You must complete at least 30 credit hours by the end of your first year in college, 60 hours by the end of your second year and 90 hours by the end of your third year to maintain eligibility for the full 21st Century Scholarship award. Scholars who complete fewer credits may receive a reduced award (about 35 percent of the full amount). The number of credits completed will be evaluated at the end of each academic year.
3) Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
You must also meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards set by your college. SAP includes maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA), which is 2.0 at most institutions, but check with your college’s financial aid office to be sure.
4) Complete and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year
You must file your FAFSA between January 1 and March 10 each year to receive your scholarship for the next academic year. In addition, you must make any updates or corrections to your FAFSA by May 15. You can file online at http://www.fafsa.gov/; to obtain your personal identification number (PIN), visit http://www.pin.ed.gov/. If you have questions or need help, contact your financial aid office on campus.
5) Keep the Pledge
You must maintain the 21st Century Scholars Pledge that you took when you enrolled in the program to not use illegal drugs or alcohol or commit a crime or delinquent act.
Stay on top of your 21st Century Scholarship requirements.
- Stay in contact with your school’s financial aid office.
- Get to know the eStudent website at IN.gov/che/estudent.
- Don’t forget to check your college-issued email, online student account and online message boards.
- If your school has a campus-based 21st Century Scholars coordinator, contact him or her with questions. Find your college coordinator at Scholars.IN.gov/colleges.
To learn more about your college requirements as a 21st Century Scholar, visit Scholars.IN.gov/collegerequirements.
Need help filing the FAFSA?
Consider attending a College Goal Sunday event in your area. These events in February provide college-bound students and their families FREE help completing the FAFSA at more than 40 sites across Indiana. Visit CollegeGoalSunday.org for details and locations.