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Advice For 21st Century Scholars

For more than 30 years, Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program has helped income-eligible high school students earn up to four years of tuition at eligible Indiana colleges. More than 40,000 students have earned a college degree thanks to a 21st Century Scholarship and another 100,000 are enrolled—from seventh grade through college seniors.

Free college tuition is the reward for 21st Century Scholars who take the time every year in high school and college to fulfill their obligations and maintain their scholarship. Fortunately, the College Scholar Success Program is available to keep 21st Century Scholars on track. Scholars can review the requirements and check their progress at

General high school requirements

Graduate with a minimum of a Core 40 diploma from a state-accredited Indiana high school and maintain a high school GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale. Don’t drink alcohol, use illegal drugs or commit a crime.

Requirements for high school juniors

Visit a college campus or take a virtual tour, take the SAT or ACT college entrance exam (as a 21st Century Scholar you won’t have to pay the $50 fee), and search for Indiana or national scholarship opportunities.

Requirements for high school seniors

Submit college applications, watch the short “College Success 101” video at, and file the FAFSA by April 15 to determine your eligibility for financial aid. Complete all Scholar Success Program activities by June 30 of your senior year in high school and enroll at an accredited Indiana college within a year of high school graduation.

In college

Complete at least 30 credit hours each year of college, apply for the FAFSA every year, and complete the College Scholar Success Program requirements all four years of college. Find details at

“The best decision I made was staying home and attending Vincennes University my first year. I ended up having a preview of college and was so much more prepared than my peers at USI. Also, I saved so much money.”

Jaylen Brown
University of Southern Indiana student

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