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). 21st Century Scholars are waived from the application fee.

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 approximately 49%. In total, Indiana University Bloomington offered 1,859 admits out of 3,739 applications from 21st Century Scholars in the Class of 2023 (IU University Institutional Research and Reporting (UIRR), 2019). Scholars denied admission to IUB are highly encouraged to apply for the IU Hoosier Link program where you can transfer the following academic year after one semester at Ivy Tech Bloomington.

Does my intended college major affect my admission to Indiana University Bloomington?

NO. Your intended college major is a "non-factor" in your application to Indiana University Bloomington except for programs in the IU Jacobs School of Music (where an audition is required).

Can 21st Century Scholars receive a fee waiver on the SAT/ACT exams?

YES. 21st Century Scholars in high school can receive a fee waiver on the SAT/ACT examinations. Please contact your high school counselor to receive a fee waiver form. Scholars can receive a fee waiver on the SAT/ACT exams up to four times throughout their high school years.

I am a high school student interested in taking 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, 6) For scholars who enrolled in the Fall of 2019 and after, you must complete the College Scholar Success Program.

What does my IUB 21st Century Tuition Scholarship cover?

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

What does my IUB 21st Century Tuition Scholarship NOT cover?

The IUB 21st Century Scholarship does NOT cover IUB 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, Hoosier Link fee, online course fees 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?

  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 on your current FAFSA.


  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.

Am I required to utilize student loans at IU Bloomington?

NO, but we strongly recommend loans over working full-time. We would suggest that students work a part-time job on campus (no more than 20 hours) to keep the student's course work a priority.  It is important to maintain a high GPA to maximize career opportunities after you earn your degree.  If scholars are struggling to meet basic needs, food, rent, etc., and they are already working part-time, we would highly recommend a scholar utilize any federal loans available to them.

Does my IU 21st Century Tuition Scholarship cover tuition and fees for a  SUMMER semester in addition to my four years?

NO, unfortunately, 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.

I am interested in graduating early. Can I use my IU 21st Century Tuition Scholarship toward summer tuition and fees?

Yes, students who are looking to use their last semester of funding during the summer to graduate early can apply for the Fast Track initiative via your Scholar Track. Students must have completed 30 credit hours in the current award year (without using the Credit Bank) to qualify for Fast Track.

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 Scholars Leadership Corps, IU G.I.V.E. Back Program, FREE IU 21st Century Scholars private tutoring services, FREE healthy snacks in study tables, FREE annual conference to "Indiana 21st Century Scholars Next Steps College Conference," IU 21st Century Scholars weekly e-newsletter, IU MSLD Faculty-Student Mentorship Program, IU MSLD FASE Mentorship Program, IU Pass the Torch for Women Mentorship Program, IU 21st Century Scholars senior graduation recognition dinner with IU president/vice presidents, FREE membership to Indiana 21st Century Scholars Alumni Network, FREE Indiana 21st Century Scholars Alumni-Scholars Virtual Mentoring Program, IU OVPDEMA study abroad scholarships, professional development workshops, site visits to Fortune 500 companies, 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 (it is just 30 credit hours per year) credit hours requirement?

Up to 12 credit hours of remedial courses can be counted toward the 30 credit hours in their first year of receiving the scholarship.

I did not complete the 30/60/90 credit hours requirement as I had to withdraw and/or had failed a class at IU Bloomington. What should I do?

The only option is to complete summer classes at either IU Bloomington or at another institution such as Ivy Tech Community College. If you did not complete 30/60/90 credit hours due to a recent medical condition/family emergency, you can file an appeal via IU Student Central at Click Here. 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 30/60/90 credit hours requirement may remove you from receiving the Indiana 21st Century Scholarship the following academic year unless you have documentation of health/medical reason.

I will graduate from IU this May/December and only need to complete less than 12 credits to graduate. Do I still need to enroll in 12 credits or more in my final semester?

NO, you are not required to enroll “full-time” if you are in the final semester of college and do not need to take 12 credits to graduate. If you are not going to enroll full-time, you should speak with financial aid to talk through how to utilize your scholarship and how this might affect your full financial aid package.

YES, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) requires all scholars to remain "full-time" status regardless of class standing. However, you may lose the Covenant during your last semester if you are less than full-time.

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

NO, unfortunately, the scholarship cannot be extended to the "5th year." Historically, about 30% of our scholars will stay for the "5th year." If you must stay for the 5th year, we highly recommend that you utilize student loans and/or the Pell Grant to pay 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 to our office to take the practice CASA exam, please call us at (812) 856-1910 to set-up a time.

 I had to take a semester off due to family/health reasons and have lost my 21st Century Scholarship at Indiana University Bloomington. What should I do?

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, check the CHE site for more info here.

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. The deadline to apply for a study abroad scholarship typically falls between January 15 and February 15. About 90 percent of our scholars who went abroad during the 2016-2017 academic year had their tuition covered by IU OVPDEMA Overseas Studies and Scholarship Program.

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

YES, as an IU 21st Century Scholar, you can utilize your 21st Century Scholarship to pay for tuition for any "IU approved" or "IU co-sponsored" study abroad program during the fall/spring semester. *Please note that your IU 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.

Can I use my IU 21st Century Scholarship to pay for "non-IU" study abroad programs?

NO, unfortunately, the Indiana 21st Century Scholarship cannot be applied to "non-IU" study abroad programs. We highly discourage students to pursue this option.

What is the most popular study abroad destination IU 21st Century Scholars attend during the academic year?

Barcelona, Spain.

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 Servant Leadership Initiative Award" and "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 IU RPS Residential Life and administered by the IU Office of Scholarships. The scholarship falls between $200.00 and $500.00. During the 2016-2017 academic, five scholars were selected and awarded the prestigious scholarship. See press release at Click Here.