State Grants

State Grant Policies

All state grants are limited to a maximum of eight semesters per student. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the school they are attending to continue receiving state grant funding.

Frank O’Bannon Grant Program

The Frank O’Bannon Grant Program consists of the Freedom of Choice Award (FOC). The FOC is awarded to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and attend an eligible private institution within the State of Indiana.

Indiana residents who wish to have their eligibility for funds determined by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) must be sure to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that it is received by the central processing system by March 10. Eligible students must also comply with any requests from ICHE for additional information within the appropriate timeframe, which is typically mid-May. ICHE determines the dollar amount of each student’s award based on the family contribution, the diploma type and the cost of attendance. Funds provided by the State of Indiana are limited to tuition and fee costs incurred at the institution.

Important: Beginning with students first entering college in the 2013-2014 academic year, students are required to earn the following number of credit hours to be considered for the “on-time” (maximum) award:

  • 30 credit hours earned by the end of their first year
  • 60 credit hours earned by the end of their second year
  • 90 credit hours earned by the end of their third year

This means that grant recipients must take an average of 15 credit hours per semester to stay “on-time” for maximum grant funding. Students who fail to earn the necessary 30 credit hours may still qualify for funding, but it will be at a reduced rate. Students must earn 24 hours by the end of their first year, 48 hours by the end of their second and 72 by the end of their third to be eligible to be considered for the reduced state grant.

Students who receive an Academic/Technical Honors diploma upon high school graduation will receive an academic honors incentive for their freshman year only. In order to qualify for a GPA incentive for the second, third and fourth year, students must maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Evan Bayh 21st Century Scholars Program

Indiana’s Evan Bayh 21st Century Scholars Program awards students whose families have met the income guidelines to enroll in the program by June 30 of the eighth grade year. Students must also meet additional program requirements, which include fulfilling the 21st Century Scholars Pledge. All 21st Century Scholars must enroll as full-time students at an eligible institution within the State of Indiana. Scholars are also required to file the FAFSA by March 10 and submit any additional information requested within the appropriate timeframe.

Important: Beginning with students first entering college in the 2013-2014 academic year, students are
required to complete the following number of credit hours to maintain eligibility in the 21st Century Scholars program:

  • 30 credit hours earned by the end their first year
  • 60 credit hours earned by the end of their second year
  • 90 credit hours earned by the end of their third year

21st Century Scholars who fail to complete the necessary 30 credit hours by the end of each academic year may still qualify for state grant funding, but it will be at a reduced rate through the Frank O’Bannon Grant program. Students must complete 24 hours by the end of their first year, 48 hours by the end of their second and 72 by the end of their third to be eligible to be considered for the reduced state grant. Students may earn their way back into the program by increasing their credit completion to the required levels.

William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship

Open to minority students (defined as black and Hispanic individuals) planning to teach in an accredited school in Indiana upon graduation. The student must agree in writing to apply for a teach position in Indiana and, if hired, teach in Indiana for at least three years. Please review all program requirements in order to see if you are eligible to apply. FAFSA must be submitted prior to application; application submitted by September 4.

Mitch Daniels Early Graduate Scholarship

Students who are graduating early from a publicly supported high school may be eligible for up to $4,000 in state funding. Students must be legal Indiana residents, graduating with a Core 40 diploma at least one year early. The application must be completed by the student and the high school, and submitted prior to September 4. The student must also file the FAFSA prior to this date to be eligible for funding.

Questions should be directed to ICHE at 317.232.2350 or awards@sfa.che.in.gov.

Adult Student Grant

The Commission is offering the Adult Student Grant to assist working adults in starting or completing an associate’s degree, baccalaureate degree, or certificates by providing a $1,000 grant. Applicants must:

  • Be an Indiana resident and a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • Be financially independent as determined by the FAFSA and demonstrate financial need;
  • Be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours or their equivalent in any academic term;
  • Maintain a grade point average that meets satisfactory academic progress as defined by the institution;
  • Complete at least eighteen (18) credit hours or their equivalent in the previous academic year to renew; and
  • Meet any other minimum criteria established by the Commission.

This scholarship is first come, first serve and you must have the FAFSA and Application complete to preserve your spot.

Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities

This is a stipend for minority students (defined as black and Hispanic individuals) who will participate in student teaching or a school administration internship as part of the students’ degree requirements. The applicant must:

  • be a minority student;
  • participate in student teaching or a school administration internship as part of the student’s degree requirements;
  • have earned a cumulative grad point average upon entering student teaching that is required by an eligible institution for admission to the eligible institution’s school of education;
  • be enrolled at an eligible Indiana institution;
  • be a first-time undergraduate student or be enrolled in a school administration program;
  • student teach or participate in a school administration internship at an Indiana school authorized by the Indiana Department of Education;
  • agree in writing to apply for a teach position at an accredited school in Indiana following that student’s certification as a teach and, if hired, to teach for at least three years; and
  • meet any other minimum criteria established by the Commission.

Fall deadline is October 4th; January 31st is the spring deadline.