21st Century Scholars

21st Century Scholars Program

The 21st Century Scholars Program began in 1990 as Indiana's way of raising the educational aspirations of low– and moderate–income families. The program aims to ensure that all Indiana families can afford a college education for their children

Here at Indiana University South Bend we realize that the support students need to succeed in college goes beyond financial assistance. Our 21st Century Scholars program provides every scholar with the individual attention and resources they may need in the forms of counseling, workshops, and peer mentoring groups.

It is our desire to see every 21st Century Scholar excel academically and graduate. We look forward to meeting with you and assisting you along your journey. In the meantime, feel free to take a look around our page to find information about upcoming events, additional resources to help you manage your eligibility, and find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

The Indiana 21st Century Scholarship Program is an early commitment college promise program funded by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), offering income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana two-year and/or four-year higher education institution.

All low-income 7th– and 8th–graders are eligible to enroll provided they meet the income threshold (under $45,000 for a family of four) and sign a pledge to complete high school with a cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher. There is no test score requirement. Students must apply by June 30th of their 8th-grade year.

Is the Indiana 21st Century Scholarship Program a "first-dollar" or "last-dollar" scholarship program?

First-dollar scholarship program. This means that your scholarship is applied first upon arrival at IU South Bend before any other financial aid grant is considered.

ScholarTrack is an online service for students who have filed a FAFSA as residents of the state of Indiana.

The ScholarTrack site allows you to:

  • See any issues with your FAFSA that could prevent you from receiving state aid so that you can make necessary changes.
  • View your state grant award amount.
  • View your state grant history.
  • View your grant application, which includes information from your FAFSA, your diploma type, your 21st Century Scholar status, National Guard status, and school of choice.
  • Update your school of choice. Please make sure the school you are attending is listed as we will only send your grant information to that school.

Income level may have changed between sign up and entering the college. 

They would have received a one year O'Bannon. You didn't fulfill your obligations via ScholarTrack and therefore were not eligible for the scholarship.

You need to have the transcripts sent to the 21st Scholars office.  It can be done electronically via ScholarTrack.

The Success Coaches at the Titan Success Center.

There are five requirements that all scholars have to meet each year:

  1. Earn 30 credits per academic year with a minimum grade of D or higher for each course
  2. Full-time status (minimum 12 credits per semester)
  3. File your FAFSA on-time each year (by April 15th)
  4. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  5. Be a good citizen.

The IU 21st Century Scholarship covers 100% tuition and mandatory fees (e.g., activity, repair and rehabilitation fee, transportation, technology, and health).

The IU 21st Century Scholarship does NOT cover summer tuition and mandatory fee, on-campus room/board, academic program or department fee, first-year orientation fee, fraternity/sorority fee (if applicable), "non-IU" study abroad program, and/or other miscellaneous fees associated with your department. However, you can utilize student loans to offset this cost.

Question | Is your award appearing on ScholarTrack?

No
  • ScholarTrack will list the reason for this. Please make sure you have indicated the correct school choice. It will need to be changed in ScholarTrack and on your current FAFSA.
Yes
  1. Do you have To Do List items?
    • Yes. Your To Do List items will need to be processed and completed before aid can post. Processing can take up to three weeks. Please monitor your IU email account for updates.
  2. Are you enrolled full-time?
    • No. You must be enrolled full-time before the end of the first week of classes.

The only option is to complete summer classes at an Indiana college of university. Please note that there is NO Indiana 21st Century Scholarship during the summer semester. According to Indiana Code Title 21-12-6-7, failure to satisfy the 30 credit hour requirement may remove you from receiving the Indiana 21st Century Scholarship the following academic year unless you have documentation of health/medical reason.

NO, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) will allow students in their final term to receive a portion of their award for less than full-time enrollment.

Yes. You will need to complete a consortium agreement which is available from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Yes. Students who fall below the minimum standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will lose all aid eligibility. Students with extenuating circumstances may be eligible to file an appeal with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at IU South Bend.

You will need to submit an appeal to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) to reinstate your scholarship but does not guarantee approval. To file an appeal, please submit an online application at Click Here.

The 21st Century Scholarship is a tuition scholarship. Earning the 21st Century Scholarship provides students up to four years of undergraduate tuition* at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

  • If a class is passed, but it needs to be repeated to achieve a required grade, do both attempts count toward the yearly number of credits needed? A student can retake a course once to achieve the required grade;
  • If multiple attempts with passing grades can be used toward the yearly total, are there any limitations? A student can only take a course twice. Grades of D- or higher count as passing.

Yes, A student must petition to the state if they are below credit hour count and/or GPA requirement. There should be an explanation as to why the poor performance occurred mental issues, tragic event, impactful circumstances beyond I just didn’t do my work.

Filing the FAFSA before the deadline