Post-secondary education is an important part of setting up young Hoosiers for success. However, one of the biggest hurdles in pursuing a degree is the financial burden it could place on individuals or families. When considering options for our kids after high school, it is important that parents and students are aware of the opportunity the 21st Century Scholars Program offers.
Led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the 21st Century Scholars Program is the state's early college promise program. Eligible students from low-income households who maintain the Scholar Pledge through high school, and while in pursuit of their degree, can receive a scholarship for up to 100% tuition relief at a qualified Indiana college or university upon high school graduation.
Parents of children in their seventh or eighth-grade year must apply before June 30 through the online application, found at scholars.in.gov/enroll. Most students who qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch guidelines will qualify for the 21st Century Scholar's maximum household annual income requirement.
This program, along with filling out the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA), are excellent resources that can make post-secondary education a financial possibility for families in our state. If your child is showing an interest in pursuing a college degree, I strongly encourage you to review the eligibility requirements and consider enrolling them in the program.
If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other topics, I encourage you to contact my office by email at Senator.Freeman@iga.in.gov or by phone at 800-382-9467.
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