Iowa College Aid administers need-based college financial aid for Iowans.
For more information regarding the State of Iowa financial aid programs please visit www.iowacollegeaid.gov.
Iowa Tuition Grant
Based on Financial Need
The Iowa Tuition Grant program is available to students that are residents of the State of Iowa, file the FAFSA on or before July 1, enroll in at least three credit hours at a private institution in Iowa and have financial need. In the event that available state funds are insufficient to pay the full amount of each approved grant, the Iowa Student Aid Commission has the authority to administratively reduce the maximum award to an amount less than the statutory maximum.
Based on Financial Need
Iowa Grants are awarded to students that are Iowa residents and have high financial need. Funds are very limited and are generally awarded to students that have the highest need.
Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Grants
Not Based on Financial Need
The General Assembly appropriates funding to provide educational support for members of the Iowa National Guard. The Iowa Adjutant General determines eligibility.
Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship
The Future Ready Iowa Last Dollars Scholarship (Last Dollars Scholarship) is a non-need-based, state-funded grant program for Iowans who are attending a certificate or associate degree program associated with high-demand careers. This grant is intended to help cover remaining gaps after other federal and state grants/scholarships have been applied. Award amounts differ based on other forms of financial aid you may already be receiving.
Because the list of eligible programs is based on job demand, it may change from year to year. Students whose educational programs are removed from the state of Iowa's list will remain eligible for the Last Dollar scholarship until they complete their credentials or leave school, as long as they otherwise continue to meet all other eligibility criteria.
Who is eligible?
NEW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES who enroll in a qualified program of study full-time for the fall immediately following high school graduation, apply for all other available state and federal grants and scholarships, and meet ongoing requirements.
ADULT LEARNERS (age 20 and older) who enroll in a qualified program of study full-time or part-time, apply for all other available state and federal grants and scholarships, and meet ongoing requirements.
To learn more about the Last-Dollar Scholarship, go to: iowacollegeaid.gov/lastdollar.
Future Ready Iowa Grant
The Future Ready Iowa Grant is a non-need-based, state-funded grant program for Iowans who are seeking a bachelor's degree in a program of study aligned with statewide high-demand careers. Because the list of eligible programs is based on job demand, it may change from year to year. Eligible students must have at least half of the credits completed and accepted towards an eligible baccalaureate program, and must not have any college enrollment for the previous two academic years prior to re-enrolling.
For both the Last Dollar Scholarship and Future Ready Iowa Grant, recipients must meet certain criteria to keep your scholarship. All students are encouraged to participate in a volunteer mentor program. Visit IowaCollegeAid.gov for more information about ongoing requirements.
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