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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.

Starting with the incoming 2013-2014 cohorts, Twenty-first Century Scholars, now much complete at least 30 credits each academic year to continue to maintain their scholarship.

Scholars who complete fewer credits may be eligible for a reduced scholarship award (see table below).  Credits will be evaluated at the end of each academic year.  Credits can be earned through the fall, spring, and summer.

21st Century Scholarship Award Approximate Award Amount at a Four-Year Public College College Credits Earned
End of First Year End of Second Year End of Third Year
Full Award 100% of tuition and mandatory fees 30 Credits 60 Credits 90 Credits
Reduced Award $2,500 or less 24–29 Credits 48–59 Credits 72–89 Credits
No Award $0 23 Credits or fewer 47 Credits or fewer 71 Credits or fewer

Credit amounts are based on traditional semester calendars. If you attend a university that uses trimesters or quarters, talk to your financial aid office about the credit hour equivalent at your school.

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 10th deadline the semester prior to your attending college. Fix any edits/corrections on your FAFSA by the May 15th 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.  A FAFSA must be filed EVERY academic year no mater if you plan to attend.