Aid to Low-Income Students Puts State's Budget to the Test

Indiana aid low income students
Indiana aid low income students

Indiana's 21st Century Scholars program has become a victim of its own success. It promises full college tuition for low-income middle schoolstudents who pledge to stay out of trouble, maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA and graduate from high school.

And it works, academically: Participants are more likely to both graduate high school and attend college. But, economically, it's presenting a problem for cash-strapped Indiana, just as similar programs are testing budgets in other states.