A Free College Education!

With the rising cost of education, many people are wondering how they’re ever going to afford to send their kids. Well, if you’re an Indiana resident, and you meet some income guidelines, and your child meets some basic GPA and citizenship guidelines, then they could go to a state University with free tuition.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently sent this press release with more details on the program called “The Twenty-first Century Scholars’ program.

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Twenty-first Century Scholars program helps Hoosiers earn college degrees

To help more Hoosiers realize the promise of a college degree, Indiana is now encouraging eligible middle school students to enroll in Indiana’s Twenty-first Century Scholars program during the week of April 22 through 28, 2012.
Students who fulfill the Twenty-first Century Scholar commitment can receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any Indiana public university or the equivalent in-state tuition at all private Indiana universities.
There is no question that the program’s scholarship and student support services can change lives for the better. Brandon Farias, a Twenty-first Century Scholar from Greenville, Indiana, is completing his Bachelor’s Degree at Indiana University Southeast where he is majoring in Criminal Justice. He recently wrote the program this heart-felt thank you:
“I have been a recipient of the Twenty-first Century Scholarship throughout my four-year college career and now that I am nearing the end of my bachelor’s degree, I feel as if I should express my appreciation and gratitude for making this dream a reality for me,” said Farias. “Thank you all for making this possible and for helping me reach a new chapter in my life!”
To qualify, Indiana seventh and eighth grade students must meet income guidelines and enroll online at www.scholars.in.gov by June 30, 2012.  Students must be a resident of Indiana, a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and enrolled at a state-accredited public or nonpublic school.
To receive the scholarship, students must maintain a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, graduate high school, abstain from using illegal drugs or committing a crime, and go to college within one year of graduating high school. See more details at www.scholars.in.gov.
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Indiana started the Twenty-first Century Scholars program in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education.  Income-eligible seventh and eighth graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition* at any participating public college or university in Indiana.
*The scholarship amount may be reduced depending on the availability of funds and the availability of the student’s family to contribute to college.
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