Future Ready Iowa Grant

A state-funded program for Iowans who:

  • Have at least half of the credits completed and accepted toward an eligible program at an eligible school
  • Have not been enrolled in postsecondary education for two or more years
  • Have applied for all other available aid

Eligible Students

To be eligible for the Future Ready Iowa Grant, students must have previously earned at least half the credits necessary for an eligible bachelor’s degree that leads to a high-demand job and enroll in at least six semester hours (unless they can complete a degree in less than six semester hours). Students must not have been enrolled in college for two academic years before receiving the Future Ready Iowa Grant. They must also apply for all other available state and federal financial aid. Students must also meet ongoing requirements

In addition, students must attend orientation, meet with an advisor, remain continuously enrolled and make satisfactory academic progress. Students can receive the Future Ready Iowa Grant for up to four full-time semesters as long as they are making progress toward their first bachelor’s degree. Students will need to reapply for the scholarship each year.

Eligible Schools

Eligible institutions are accredited Iowa colleges or universities that offer bachelor’s degree programs aligned with high-demand jobs 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.

Eligible Programs

Because this list is based on job demand, it might change from year to year. Students whose programs are removed from the list will still be eligible for the Future Ready Iowa Grant until they complete their credentials or leave school.

Directory of Eligible Programs

How to Apply

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Iowa Financial Aid Application—see links below. 

File the FAFSA      File the Iowa Financial Aid Application

Maximum Award

The maximum award is $5,000 annually. This amount can change annually, based on demand and available funding. The maximum award will be at least $1,000 each year the program is funded.

Important Dates

October 1: FAFSA is available
July 1: FAFSA and Iowa Financial Aid Application application priority deadline