Where can I find scholarships in Indiana?

There are lots of scholarship programs available just for Hoosier students. Each has its own requirements, but you should apply for all you are eligible for. That way, you can be sure to get the maximum amount of scholarship assistance to help pay for college.

Indiana’s 7th and 8th grade students who meet income eligibility requirements can apply for the 21st Century Scholars program, which offers a scholarship that covers up to four years of tuition and mandatory fees at a state college. All students must apply by June 30 at the end of their 8th grade year.
Students in 21st Century Scholars participate in the Scholar Success Program during high school, which includes completing 12 activities to help them stay on track for college and career success.
To be eligible for the 21st Century Scholars Program, Scholars’ families must be at or below current income maximums. The student must also:

  • Be a resident of Indiana, both when you apply and when you receive the scholarship (determined by the residency of your parent or legal guardian).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Read the citizenship qualifications for details.
    • Eligible Categories:
      • U.S. citizen
      • U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island)
      • U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card)
    • Students who are noncitizens are eligible to claim an award if they have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) showing one of the following designations:
      • Refugee
      • Asylum Granted
      • Indefinite Parole and/or Humanitarian Parole
      • Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending
  • Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at an Indiana public school or a private school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Children in foster care may apply after the 8th grade. Homeschooled students are not eligible for the 21st Century Scholars program.
  • Fulfill the 21st Century Scholars Pledge.
  • Be one of the following:
    • A member of a family at or below current income maximums.
    • Placed in foster care.

For more information about eligibility and to apply, visit Scholars.IN.gov.

In some cases, degree-seeking students may use the 21st Century Scholarship during the summer while enrolled part-time. Refer to the guidelines for using the 21st Century Scholarship during summer terms.

The Frank O’Bannon Grant (formerly the Indiana Higher Education Grant) includes both the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award.

To qualify for state financial aid consideration the applicant must:

  • be an Indiana resident by December 31 the year prior to applying (December 31, 2014 for the 2015-2016 school year; Student also must remain a resident throughout 2015 and the entire 2015-2016 academic year)
  • be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • be a high school graduate or hold a GED
  • attend, or plan to attend, an eligible college or university
  • be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a course of study leading to an associates or first bachelors degree;
  • be a full-time student, or plan to enroll as a full-time student. (The state grant defines full-time as at least 12 credit hours per term); and
  • file an application (FAFSA) – received by April 15 of the academic year preceding the academic year the applicant plans to enroll.

FAFSA is the application for the Frank O’Bannon Grant. FAFSA forms must be received on or before April 15.

In some cases, degree-seeking students may use the Frank O’Bannon grant during the summer while enrolled part-time. Refer to the guidelines for using the Frank O’Bannon grant during summer terms.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education administers the Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship (MDEGS) for students who graduate at least one year early from a public Indiana high school. This scholarship is nonrenewable and pays $4,000 toward unpaid tuition and fees at any Commission-approved Indiana college. Recipients of MDEGS must be a student in good standing at a Commission-approved Indiana college within five months of high school graduation.

Who is eligible:

  1. A citizen and resident of Indiana by the Commission’s definition
  2. Attended a publicly supported high school as a full time student for at least the last two semesters before graduation
  3. Had legal Indiana settlement for at least the last two semesters before graduation
  4. Met the minimum requirements for a Core 40 Diploma by end of 11th grade, including any summer courses completed by July 1 of the graduation year
  5. Was not enrolled in high school for 12th grade
  6. Becomes a student in good standing at a Commission approved college within five months of high school graduation
  7. Met the requirements of a Core 40 diploma

Apply for the Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship here.

An individual is eligible for this Scholarship, if the individual:

  1. is a minority student (defined as Black or Hispanic);
  2. is admitted or already attends an eligible Indiana institution as a full-time student;
  3. intends to pursue or is pursuing a course of study that would enable the student, upon graduation, to teach in an accredited school in Indiana;
  4. agrees in writing to apply for a teaching position in an accredited school in Indiana following that student’s certification as a teacher and, if hired, to teach for at least three years; and
  5. meets other minimum criteria established by the Commission for Higher Education

Minimum criteria to receive state financial aid, including the Minority Teacher Scholarship, include:

  1. Be an Indiana resident and an eligible U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  2. Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and
  3. Not be in default on a federal student loan or in overpayment status on a federal student grant

Apply for the Minority Teacher Scholarship here.

An individual may apply for this stipend if the individual:

  • is a minority student;
  • will participate in student teaching as part of the student’s degree requirements;
  • has earned a cumulative grade point average upon entering student teaching of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent as determined by the eligible institution; and
  • meets any other minimum criteria established by the Commission.

Apply for the Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities here.

This program is for students who plan to teach in “high-need” fields, which means a teaching specialty that affects the economic vitality of Indiana and in which there is a shortage of candidates.

An individual may apply for a stipend if the individual:

  • is a student who is enrolled in a course of study that would enable the student, upon graduation, to teach in an accredited school in Indiana in:
    A. special education; or
    B. a high-need field;
  • will participate in student teaching as part of the student’s degree requirements;
  • has earned a cumulative grade point average upon entering 1 student teaching of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent as determined by the eligible institution; and
  • meets any other minimum criteria established by the Commission.

Apply for the Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields here.

A grant that guarantees up to 100% of certain tuition costs will be met by the State of Indiana for eligible members of the Indiana Air and Army National Guard; the National Guard Supplemental Grant (NGSG) covers only certain tuition charges and does not cover other expenses such as room and board or textbooks.

Learn more about the National Guard Supplement Grant here.

The National Guard Extension Scholarship is available to former Guard members who left the Guard under honorable discharge conditions, used the NGSG in the past, and who served on active duty overseas since Sept. 10, 2001. More information about the National Guard Supplement Grant and the National Guard Extension Scholarship can be found here.

The CVO Program provides tuition and fee assistance at public colleges for eligible children of disabled Indiana veterans, eligible children and spouses of certain members of the Indiana National Guard killed while serving on state active duty, and eligible children and spouses of certain Indiana public safety officers killed in the line of duty.

Information for veterans can be found here.

Information for public safety officers can be found here.

The Commission offers the Adult Student Grant to assist starting or completing an associate’s degree, baccalaureate degree, or certificates by providing a $1,000 grant. It is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of working adults.

Program Requirements

  • Must be an Indiana resident and a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Must be financially independent as determined by the FAFSA and demonstrate financial need
  • Must be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours or their equivalent in any academic term
  • To renew, must complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours or their equivalent in the previous academic year and maintain a grade point average that meets satisfactory academic progress as defined by your institution
  • Must meet any other minimum criteria established by the Commission

How to Apply

  • Submit a complete and corrected FAFSA (please allow 5-7 business days for processing) prior to applying
  • Submit a complete Adult Student Grant Application
  • The scholarship is first come, first serve and you must have the FAFSA and Application complete to preserve your spot

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides 200 high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education the opportunity to earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 each year for four academic years. In exchange, students agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school or repay the corresponding, prorated amount of the scholarship.

Program Requirements

  • Must be an Indiana resident
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Must be a current high school senior or college student in Indiana
  • Must have graduated or will graduate from an Indiana accredited high school or non-accredited nonpublic high school
  • Must be able to utilize the scholarship for at least two full academic years (effective for Fall 2017-2018 applicants)
  • Must rank in the top 20% of high school graduating class or have a top 20% ACT or SAT score
  • Must currently attend or plan to attend an eligible Indiana institutionas a full-time student
    • In some cases, degree-seeking students may use the scholarship during the summer while enrolled part-time. Refer to the specific guidelinesfor using the scholarship during summer terms.
  • Must pursue or intend to pursue a course of study that would enable the student to teach at eligible Indiana school after college graduation
  • Must obtain a license to teach in Indiana and serve as a teacher in an eligible Indiana school for five consecutive years after college graduation
  • Must maintain a 3.0/4.0 GPA, complete 30 credit hours per year or their equivalent and meet all other requirements established by their program to renew the scholarship
  • Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must not be in overpayment or default on a federal student loan or grant
  • Must complete the service requirement or have all funds provided converted to a loan that must be repaid

**Priority will be given to students graduating high school although current college students are eligible to apply.

Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/NextTeacher for information on how to apply.

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