The Questa Scholars Program is available to bridge the financial gap of college tuition cost, but also help students graduate with less debt. Scholars could receive up to 75% of their loan forgiven.

Read on to see how Questa has impacted real people, and how you could become a Questa Scholar.

Adrianna McNab, Biology/Chemistry, Huntington, Class of 2021

“To me, being a Questa Scholar means that my community cares enough to invest in me to stay and work in the area.”

Erik Elston, Mechanical Engineering, Trine, Class of 2020

“I always refer Questa to my friends because I have a load off my shoulders. I can focus on school, and not constantly worry about how I’m going to pay for college.”

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Karina Vazquez, Biology/Chemistry, Manchester, Class of 2020

“As a first generation student, I am very grateful to Questa. What Questa does impacts real people. Thank you for investing in my education. ”


To assist recent high school graduates or college freshmen

This program is intended to assist individuals who are recent high school graduates or college freshmen by providing a low-interest, forgivable loan.  The Questa Scholars Program assists families where there is a gap between the cost of attendance and the family's financial responsibility.  Funding for the Questa Scholars Program is available for attaining a certificate, associate or bachelor's degree. 

Questa's 50% forgiveness is dependent upon degree completion as well as living and working in one of the 11 counties of northeast Indiana (Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley) for 5 years after college graduation.  

Questa Scholars who graduate from one of our regional partner schools (Grace College, Huntington University, Indiana Tech,  *Purdue Fort Wayne, *IU Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech, Manchester University, Trine University, and University of Saint Francis), will receive an additional 25% loan reduction upon graduation.

*Forgiveness may vary per partner school. Purdue Fort Wayne scholars are only eligible for 25% partner school forgiveness if they are studying an Engineering degree. Indiana University students do not qualify for 25% partner school forgiveness. Only Contemporary Scholars are eligible for 25% forgiveness when they attend Indiana Weslyan’s Fort Wayne campus.


Forgiveness may vary per institution and program



Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a recent high school graduate from an Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley Counties* OR be a resident of one of these counties who recently received a GED.

  • Possess a minimum 2.5 GPA for community college or 2.75 cumulative GPA for a 4 year degree.

  • Submit completed FAFSA application for federal student aid.

  • Be accepted by a college or university in the state of Indiana that has received its regional accreditation from the U.S. Department of Education and be enrolled as a full-time student for 12 credit hours or more per semester. Students attending proprietary (for profit) schools are not eligible. Click here for a list of eligible schools.

  • Complete and submit all Questa Scholar application materials by stated application deadline.

Click here to download the Questa Scholars Brochure.

The 2019 application period is currently closed for the Traditional Questa Scholars Program. A new application period for the 2020 class will begin in November 2019. Check back on our website for more details.

*Funding may vary per county.



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+ Q: To apply as a Questa Scholar, what if I live in a neighboring county but still graduated from an Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Steuben or Whitley County high school?

A: You are eligible to apply.

+ Q: Are there minimum standards that must be met?

A: Questa Scholars must graduate high school with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale and have a financial gap in the cost of attendance less the family's financial ability.

+ Q: What degrees are eligible under the Traditional Questa Scholar Programs?

A: Your first undergraduate bachelor, associate or certification program qualifies.

+ Q: If I earn an associate degree and then decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree, may I continue as a Scholar?

A: You must request permission in writing to continue in the program. The Program Committee will review your request and make a final decision.

+ Q: How much will Questa Education Foundation lend to me?

A: Questa Scholars may borrow up to $5,000 per year (with a maximum of $2,500 per semester) for up to 4 years.

+ Q: What if it takes longer than four years to complete my degree?

A: The Questa Scholars Program is approved for four consecutive years or eight consecutive semesters. Students enrolled in degree completion programs that require more than four years of study will be invited to apply for deferment of loan repayment while they complete their additional semesters of study for the intended degree. No guarantees of deferment are made.

+ Q: Am I able to pursue a masters degree once I complete my bachelor degree?

A: Yes, once you complete your bachelor degree you may continue onto a masters program. You will be invited to apply for deferment of loan repayment for up to 2 years as you complete your masters.

+ Q: Do I pay interest during college?

A: A compliant Scholar will not pay interest during college while completing his or her undergraduate degree.

+ Q: After graduation, how do I prove that I work and reside in northeast Indiana?

A: Annual proof of residency and employment will be required in the form of a W-2 statement or pay stub identifying the county in which you live and work, and a copy of your Driver's License.