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In addition to steps all high school seniors should take to prepare for and apply to college (, there are requirements ALL 21st Century Scholar Seniors must meet in order to be eligible to receive the 21st Century Scholarship:

In addition to the above requirements, 21st Century Schoar Seniors are strongly encouraged to attend a Senior Affirmation and FAFSA Event in their area.

All 21st Century Scholars should attend a Senior Exit Interview or view the presentation online HERE. This online presentation provides crucial information to 21st Century Scholars in their senior year of high school. It provides information about completing the required affirmation process, preparing for college, applying for financial aid, using the 21st Century Scholarship and ensuring receipt of a scholarship is not jeopardized. 

Submit an Affirmation Form by March 10, 2013

The 21st Century Scholar Affirmation Form confirms that a Scholar has honored his or her 21st Century Scholar Pledge. The official deadline to complete the Affirmation Form was March 10, 2013. Although this deadline has passed, the 21st Century Scholars Offce still is accepting Affirmation Forms. Senior Scholars must submit the Affirmation Form soon to allow processing time to receive their Scholarship for the Fall 2013 term. 

The 21st Century Scholar Affirmation Form can be completed online or on paper. Click HERE to complete and submit an Affirmation Form online. If you would prefer to complete a paper Affirmation Form, a PDF is available for download HERE. Paper affirmations also will be available in your high school counselor's office during the spring 2013 term. The mailing address to submit the completed paper Affirmation Form is provided on the back of the form.

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File a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 10, 2013

In order to receive any type of state financial aid, including the 21st Century Scholarship, all 21st Century Scholar Seniors must file a completed FAFSA by March 10, 2013. (FAFSA must be received by the federal processor as of this date.) The 2013-2014 FAFSA, which will be available January 1, 2013, can be accessed at

NOTE: Students must complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA by March 10, 2013 even if they do not enroll or plan to enroll in college until the fall 2014 term.

Click HERE to watch a presentation on completing the 2013-2014 FAFSA.

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Correct/Update the FAFSA by May 15, 2013

Once the FAFSA has been submitted, any corrections or updates to the information provided must be made by May 15, 2013.

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Apply to an Eligible Indiana College

A 21st Century Scholar must apply for admission to an Indiana college he or she will attend by the deadline for each college.

Click HERE for a list of Indiana colleges, universities and proprietary schools that accept the 21st Century Scholarship.

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Enroll as a Full-Time Student

To receive the 21st Century Scholarship, current high school 21st Century Scholar Seniors must enroll as a full-time student at an eligible Indiana institution no later than the fall 2014 term.

NOTE: Students must complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA by March 10, 2013 even if they do not enroll or plan to enroll in college until the fall 2014 term.

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Maintain Indiana Residency

In order to receive state financial aid, including the 21st Century Scholarship, a Scholar and the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) listed on his or her FAFSA must maintain Indiana residency.

The Scholar and parent must be Indiana residents as of December 31, 2012 and remain so throughout 2013 and the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Senior Affirmation and FAFSA Events

Students transitioning to college have many questions about what to do during their senior year and what to expect as they move from high school to college. To address some of these questions, Scholars and their families are encouraged to attend Senior Affirmation and FAFSA events scheduled throughout the state. These events are organized by the 21st Century Scholar Outreach Coordinators and will take place in each of the eight Scholar Outreach Regions. Click HERE for the latest listing. Scholars and parents are encouraged to attend these events when possible. (Note: The calendar/list of events will be updated regularly.)

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