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21st Century Scholars

21st Century Scholar


The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program was created to help low and middle-income Indiana families meet the ever-increasing cost of a college education. To be eligible for the program, a student must be in the 7th or 8th grade and enrolled in an Indiana charter school, freeway school, or other Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education. (Home schooled students are not eligible for the program.)

21stIn addition, a student must meet household income guidelines identical to the federal free and reduced lunch program. Students who meet this criteria take a pledge to graduate from an accredited Indiana High School, meet specific GPA requirements, stay away from illegal drugs and alcohol, remain crime free, apply for admissions to an Indiana University or college, and meet certain financial aid application deadlines. Students who enroll in the program, honor the pledge, and meet all the program requirements can receive up to eight semesters of tuition assistance at an eligible Indiana College or proprietary school. One hundred percent of tuition will be covered at an in-state public institution.

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For students who attend a private or an independent institution, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a public institution. If you attend a participating proprietary (private career) school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.