Do you want to earn a certificate, diploma, or associate degree to work in one of Iowa’s high demand jobs? Your tuition can be covered.
Finances can be a barrier to Iowans who would like to continue education after high school. The Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship is here to help in your study in Iowa.
This is a state-funded program designed for Iowans who are new high school graduates starting college full-time or adult learners starting college at least part-time.
The program works with other state and federal programs and intended to completely cover the cost of tuition toward a certificate, diploma, or associate degree in a high-need field.
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Who May Eligible
To be eligible, applicants must meet all the following criteria:
- 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.
- New high school graduates starting college full-time or adult learners starting college at least part-time
- Must have applied for all other available aid
- Plan to earn a credential for a high-demand job
- Eligible School: Eligible institutions are Iowa community colleges or accredited private colleges in Iowa that offer qualified programs of study and that agree to provide student services (including orientation and academic and career advising) and to facilitate the assignment of a volunteer mentor if a student requests one.
- Applicants must enroll an eligible program. The program list is based on job demand; it might change from year to year.
How to Apply
- The program will cover tuition for students in the programs that lead to higher demand jobs in Iowa.
- If other state and federal programs do not cover the full cost of tuition for a postgraduate diploma, or associate degree, then the Last-Dollar Scholarship will fill the gap.
- The Last-Dollar Scholarship amount is based on Iowa Community College Tuition and is calculated after all other federal and state non-repayment assistance (grants and scholarships, but not student loans).
- If you initially got a high-high scholarship in the last-dollar scholarship, you can get a last-dollar scholarship up to a 5-full semester.
- If you have initially received the last-dollar scholarship as an ADULT student, you can get the last-dollar scholarship for an 8-part-semester or full-time equivalent.
Application Deadline: Deadline to submit the FAFSA for the Last-Dollar Scholarship is August 1.