ISU launches initiative guaranteeing extracurricular, funding opportunities for freshmen


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana State University announced a new institutional initiative, the Indiana State Advantage, in a news release Thursday. The advantage is a guarantee to incoming ISU freshmen ensuring students receive specific extracurricular and funding opportunities. 

The Indiana State Advantage, which is scheduled to start in the fall of 2022, is designed to make sure students have a consistently affordable and experience-filled time while enrolled at ISU. The initiative will guarantee three things:

  • All first-time, full-time students on campus are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 to fund an educational experience off campus, including internships, studies abroad and research and service opportunities.
  • After calculating financial aid, the university will cover all differences in tuition costs for Indiana students eligible for Pell Grants from the state who also had a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  • All eligible students will be able to finish a bachelor’s degree in four years or the rest of the time is tuition free. 

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ISU President Dr. Deborah Curtis said the Indiana State Advantage is not only unique, but a testament to the experience all ISU students will have.

“The Indiana State Advantage is what we do together every day to educate and graduate our wonderful students,” Curtis said. “We offer high-quality education, small class sizes, caring professors and a culture of inclusion and support. We also offer a wide breadth of academic and extracurricular options, with world-class faculty who work with undergraduates in state-of-the-art facilities. 

No new spending is involved in the Indiana State Advantage, according to a news release. Instead, the university is reallocating existing internal aid and scholarship money to distribute funding in a way that benefits all first-time, full-time students on campus.

“This important initiative launched by Indiana State University is warmly welcomed and supported by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education,” Teresa Lubbers, Indiana’s Commissioner for Higher Education, said. “The Indiana State Advantage aligns with the Commission’s strategic plan and focus on completion, affordability and career relevance.” 

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