This grant, awarded to Indiana residents by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), can be used to pay tuition and fees.
You must have signed a contract with CHE when you were in the seventh or eighth grade. You may receive the award for four academic years. Additionally, the awards must be used within eight years after the date you first apply and become eligible for the award. You must be working on a first undergraduate degree and be enrolled for at least 12 hours each semester.
You need to reapply to CHE for funding each year by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 10. You must respond to any information requests from CHE by May 15. Visit our How to Apply section for more information.
State program guidelines require that you maintain full-time enrollment during the first four weeks of each semester. Less than full-time enrollment during the first few weeks will result in cancellation of the award.
Students who initially enroll in a CHE eligible institution for academic year 2015-16 or later must maintain satisfactory academic progress and complete 30 credit hours by the end of their first year, 60 credit hours by the end of their second year, and 90 credit hours by the end of their third year in order to continue receiving the award. Students unable to complete the required hours may still be able to receive an Indiana Frank O'Bannon Higher Education Award if they complete 24 credit hours their first year, 48 credit hours by the end of their second year and 72 credit hours by the end of their third year. Students are able to regain eligibility for the 21st Century Scholars Award by increasing their credit completion up to the required levels.
Appeals should be submitted to CHE for consideration.
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