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Twenty-First Century Scholarship Program


The Indiana Twenty-First Century Scholarship Program is a need-based state grant program. Awards are made to students who met eligibility standards and enrolled as a Twenty-First Century Scholars in the 7th or 8th grade. Additionally, Twenty-First Scholar Award recipients must meet the Twenty-First Scholars Program Pledge. The amount of a Twenty-First Century Award is calculated based on the student's tuition and general fee (IUPUI) or tuition and technology fee (IUPUC). If the student has no other type of fee remission, the Twenty-First Century Award will cover the student's tuition fee up to 15 credits per semester. If a portion of the student's tuition fee is paid by another fee remission (i.e. tuition remission), the Twenty-First Century Award will cover up to 15 credit hours of the remaining tuition balance. If a student has a full fee remission for tuition fees, the student is not eligible for the Twenty-First Century Award.

To qualify for state grant consideration the applicant must:

» Be an Indiana resident;
» Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen
» Be a high school graduate or hold a GED
» Attend, or plan to attend, an eligible Indiana college or university
» Be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a course of study leading to an associates or first bachelors
  degree;
» Be a full-time student, or plan to enroll as a full-time student. (The state defines full-time
  as at least 12 credit hours per term); and
» File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 10 of the year proceeding the
  academic year the applicant plans to enroll.


21st Century Scholarship Award Renewal

Students who complete at least 30 credit hours per year have the best chance to graduate on-time. Therefore, due to state regulations, completing 30 credit hours per year is required of 21st Century Scholars who initially enrolled and began receiving financial aid from the state of Indiana on or after the start of the Fall 2013 semester. In order to continue receiving 21st Century funds from one year to the next students must complete at least 30 credit hours by the end of their first year in college, 60 credit hours by the end of their second year in college, and 90 credit hours by the end of their third year in college. (Credits successfully completed during high school such as dual and AP credits do count towards the total completion requirement.) If a student fails to successfully complete 30/60/90 credit hours but does complete at least 24/48/72 credit hours within the appropriate timeframe, the student may be awarded a reduced state financial aid award.

Note: Students that attended and received financial aid from the state of Indiana prior to the Fall 2013 semester will not be held to the new credit hour legislation to continue receiving this award.