FAQs

How do I apply to Indiana University Bloomington?

There are three ways to apply to Indiana University Bloomington (select one): 1) Indiana University E-Application, 2) The Common Application, and 3) The Coalition Application. The online application deadline is November 1st (early action) or February 1st (regular).

What is the acceptance rate for 21st Century Scholars applying to Indiana University Bloomington?

The acceptance rate for 21st Century Scholars applying to Indiana University Bloomington is 51%. In total, Indiana University Bloomington offered 1,557 admits out of 3,087 scholars for the Class of 2021 (IU University Institutional Research and Reporting, 2017).

I am a high school student interested to take college level courses prior to enrollment at Indiana University. What are my options?

At Indiana University Bloomington, we offer two programs where you can earn college credits at IU prior to enrollment: 1) IU Intensive Freshman Seminars (IFS) and 2) IU Advance College Project (ACP). The IU IFS is a two-week program typically between August 1st and August 15th where incoming IU 21st Century Scholars can enroll in college-level courses designed only for IU freshmen. The IU IFS office provides full scholarships for all incoming IU 21st Century Scholars interested in partaking in the program. Alternatively, the IU ACP is a program for high school juniors and seniors interested in jumpstarting their college career during high school. Students take college-level courses at their high school taught by IU faculty members. To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact your high school’s guidance office.

The IU 21st Century Scholarship

What are the requirements for maintaining and renewing my Indiana 21st Century Scholarship at Indiana University Bloomington?

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), and 5) Be a good citizen.

What does my IU 21st Century Scholarship cover?

The IU 21st Century Scholarship covers 100% tuition and mandatory fees (e.g., activity, repair and rehabilitation, transportation, technology, and health). In addition, the IU 21st Century Scholarship covers the Common Application Fee, IU Intent to Enroll Admissions Fee, IU Housing Application Fee, and IU Intensive Freshman Seminar (IFS) tuition fee (if applicable) for incoming scholars.

What does my IU 21st Century Scholarship NOT cover?

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

Why hasn’t my financial aid posted on my IU account?

Is your award appearing on ScholarTrack?
No.

  1. 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 in your current FAFSA.

Yes.

  1. Do you have To Do List items?
    1. No. Please double check by going to one.iu.edu
    2. 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 e-mail account for updates. 
  2. Are you enrolled full-time?
    1. Yes. Your aid has not yet been applied. Student Central on Union is working to get aid posted to your account.
    2. No. You must be enrolled full-time before the end of the first week of classes.

My Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is 0 and I still have a balance. What should I do?

It is common for even our highest need students to have balances. The IU 21st Century Scholarship pays for 100% tuition and mandatory fees. Not all fees are categorized as mandatory. The Covenant, Pell Grant, and other scholarships assist in paying for everything else. If you have a remaining balance, we strongly urge you to utilize student loans if you have not yet done so.

Am I required to utilize student loans at IU Bloomington?

No, but we strongly recommend loans over working full-time. We discourage scholars working excess (more than 15) hours outside of classes. It is important to maintain a high GPA to maximize career opportunities after you earn your degree.

Does my IU 21st Century Scholarship cover tuition fees for the summer semester?

No. There is NO IU 21st Century Scholarship during the summer semester. This is because IU Bloomington uses a flat-rate tuition fee so all of your funding is exhausted during the fall and spring semesters. However, if you need to take summer classes, you are welcome to take out student loans or to utilize personal expenses.

What kind of programs and services you provide as an IU 21st Century Scholar?

Great question! We offer many programs and services at the IU 21st Century Scholars Program. A few are IU 21st Century Scholar Volunteer Corps, G.I.V.E. back program, FREE private tutoring services, FREE rental textbook services, FREE healthy snacks in study tables, FREE annual conference to "Indiana 21st Century Scholars Next Steps College Conference," IU OVPDEMA study abroad scholarships, professional development workshops, site visits to Fortune 500 companies, weekly e-newsletter, IU FASE mentoring opportunities, senior graduation scholars recognition dinner with IU president/vice presidents, FREE membership to Indiana 21st Century Scholars Alumni Network, as well as FREE pizza/wings during midterm and finals weeks!

Do remediation course (prefixed with “0”) at IU count towards the 30/60/90 credit hours requirement?

No, unfortunately remediation courses won’t count towards the required 30/60/90 credit hours.

Can I extend my IU 21st Century Scholarship as a “5th Year” student?

No, the scholarship cannot be extended to the "5th year." Historically, about 5% of our scholars will stay for the "5th year." If you must stay for a 5th year, we highly recommend that you utilize student loans and/or the Pell Grant to pay for your tuition fee.

I would like to enroll in courses at both IU Bloomington and IUPUI during the fall/spring semester. Could I have my Indiana 21st Century Scholarship split between the two IU campuses?

No, unfortunately the Indiana 21st Century Scholarship cannot pay for tuition at two different IU campuses. We highly advise scholars to enroll in one higher education institution per semester.

I am required to take the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA). Can I receive a test reimbursement for completing this exam at Indiana University Bloomington?

Yes, you can receive a reimbursement fee. You will need to come into our office and take our practice CASA exam. If you score at least a 70%, you will be eligible for a reimbursement. If you would like to come in our office to take the practice CASA exam, please call us at (812) 856-1910 to set-up a time.

Will I lose my scholarship if I fall below a cumulative GPA of 2.0?

No. However, you will be placed on academic probation and be required to attend study tables in Eigenmann Hall 621 South. You will have two semesters after probationary status to raise your cumulative GPA and get off probation. Please note that you cannot graduate from Indiana University with a GPA of 1.99 or lower.

Does the IU 21st Century Scholars Program offer summer study abroad scholarships for IU 21st Century Scholars?

YES, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program partners with IU OVPDEMA Overseas Studies and Scholarship Program and IU Office of Overseas Study. The deadline to apply for a study abroad scholarship typically falls between January 15 and February 15. Almost 90 percent of our scholars who went abroad during the 2016-2017 academic year had their tuition covered by either the IU OVPDEMA Overseas Studies and Scholarship Program or IU Office of Overseas Study.

I am interested to study abroad during the fall/spring semester. Can I use my IU 21st Century Scholarship to cover tuition and housing overseas?

YES, as a 21st Century Scholar, you can utilize your 21st Century Scholarship to pay for tuition for any IU approved study abroad program during the fall/spring semester. That is FREE money to study overseas during the academic year at Indiana University. Please note that your 21st Century Scholarship cannot be applied for the summer semester. However, you can apply to receive a partial scholarship for the summer semester through the IU OVPDEMA Overseas Studies and Scholarship Program or IU Office of Overseas Study.

Does IU 21st Century Scholars Program offer paid volunteering opportunities for IU 21st Century Scholars in the Bloomington community?

Yes, in an effort to promote volunteerism and philanthropic action, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program has launched the "IU 21st Century Scholars Program Scholar Success Fund" in which students can perform community service work within the Bloomington area and then receive a small compensation for their voluntary work through the IU 21st Century Scholar Volunteer Corps and G.I.V.E. back program. The funds are supported by the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education and administered by the IU Office of Scholarships. The scholarship falls between $200.00 and $400.00. During the 2016-2017 academic, five scholars were selected and awarded the prestigious scholarship. See press release at Click Here.

21st Century Scholarship Covenant

What does my IU 21st Century Scholarship Covenant cover?

The IU 21st Century Scholarship Covenant covers on-campus housing (room & board), on-campus meal plans, and course textbooks.

Can I use my IU 21st Century Scholarship Covenant to pay for ‘off-campus’ housing?

It depends. You will need to schedule a meeting with our staff by calling (812)-856-1910 or come to walk-in hours in Eigenmann Hall 619 South.

How can I apply for the IU 21st Century Scholarship Covenant?

Students receive the covenant based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA. The Covenant is based upon financial need. Students must be enrolled full-time on the IU Bloomington campus for 8 consecutive semesters to maintain the covenant. Please note that you must file a FAFSA application every year by April 15th to maintain your scholarship.

I am planning to transfer to another IU campus.  Can I transfer my IU 21st Century Scholarship Covenant to another IU campus?

No, once you leave IU Bloomington, the IU 21st Century Scholarship Covenant cannot be reinstated. However, your IU 21st Century Scholarship can be transferred to a different institution or campus in the state of Indiana.

I am planning to take a break for the fall/spring semester to work full-time.  Will I lose my IU 21st Century Scholarship Covenant for taking a semester off?

YES, the Covenant requires students to maintain continuous enrollment on the IU Bloomington campus every fall and spring. Taking off the fall/spring semester will interrupt the continuous enrollment. You cannot reinstate the Covenant upon your return. However, you can file an appeal to the IU Office of Student Financial Assistance but does not guarantee approval (50% approval rate). To file an appeal, please download application at Click Here.

Can I use my IU 21st Century Scholarship Covenant to pay for my Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test?

No. The 21st Century Scholars Program is an undergraduate department at Indiana University Bloomington. We currently do not offer services at the graduate level. However, we encourage all scholars to apply for graduate school.