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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I an eligible Twenty-first Century Scholar?

  • Be an Indiana resident as an applicant and award recipient (determined by residency of parent/legal guardian).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade at a charter, freeway, or other Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education.
  • Complete and return the 21st Century Scholars application by your 6th, 7th, or 8th grade year.
  • Meet income requirements as defined on the 21st Century Scholars application, be a ward of the court/county, or be in foster care.
  • Make a commitment to fulfill the program's pledge at the time of application and reaffirm the pledge as a high school senior.
  • Apply on time for state and federal student financial aid.

How do I continue to receive my Twenty-first Century Scholarship?

Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards at IUSB and file the FAFSA by the state deadline each academic year.

What will my Twenty-first Century Scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers undergraduate tuition and regularly assessed fees at an approved public institution. For schools which charge by the credit hour, the scholarship covers a maximum of 15 credit hours per term. 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. (Referenced from

How will my scholarship funds be distributed?

Once accepted and enrolled full-time in an eligible institution, payments will be paid directly to the college by the state of Indiana. Money will NOT be paid directly to the student. (Referenced from )

How do I make IUSB my college choice?

Register/ log-in to the E-student account on the SSACI website. (

  1. Select the “College Choice” tab
  2. Select Indiana University South Bend
  3. Select Academic Year i.e. Fall 2011-2012 or Spring only 2012

Do I have to file the FAFSA every year?

Yes, the FAFSA must be submitted every year by the March deadline the semester prior to your attending college. Fix any edits/corrections on your FAFSA by the May deadline. Respond by set deadlines to any request for additional information from the Scholars program, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana or IUSB Financial Aid office.