State Grants

Frank O’Bannon Freedom Of Choice Award

If you are an Indiana resident and demonstrate financial need, you may qualify for the Frank O'Bannon Grant. At private Indiana colleges, such as the University of Evansville, this is administered as the Freedom of Choice Award. At public Indiana colleges, it is administered as the Higher Education Award. The maximum Freedom of Choice Award (FOC) at the University of Evansville for 2017-18 is $9,000. Students must complete the FAFSA each year so that it is received by the federal processor no later than April 15. Students are eligible for a total of 8 semesters of state grant funds from all institutions attended. For more information regarding eligibility and renewal, visit

State grant amounts vary based upon both FAFSA EFC and academic performance. Performance Incentives include:

  • Academic Honors: Awarded in first year for completion of high school with an Indiana Academic Honors/Technical Honors Diploma, and following years for earning an annual cumulative 3.0 GPA during college.
  • Associate Degree: Awarded to students earning an Associate Degree before enrolling in baccalaureate program.
  • Accelerated Schedule: Completion of 39 hours in year one and 78 hours by end of year two.

21st Century Scholars Program

Initial eligibility determination and enrollment in this program is only available to Indiana students who enrolled during middle school. It is awarded to those who successfully fulfill their 21st Century Scholar pledge and meet State eligibility criteria. The 21st Century Scholarship replaces any previously-offered State grant award.

The award amount for students attending private colleges, such as UE, is determined annually by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE). The 2018-19 award amount is $8,395. 21st Century Scholars do not receive full-tuition at private colleges, as is available for enrollment in public colleges. For more information visit

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