2016 Annual Report: 3-Step Process

Iowa College Aid’s 3-Step Process aims to help high school seniors and their families through college application and admissions, offering assistance through a process that can be intimidating and confusing. 

Goal: Increase number of high school seniors in Iowa who apply for college and financial aid and who enroll in college

College Application Campaign: 78 schools, more than 3,500 seniors

FAFSA Completion Initiative: 57 school districts, 69 high schools

College Decision Day: 25 schools, up to 4,800 seniors

Step 1: College Application Campaign

The Iowa College Application Campaign is part of a national effort to ensure that high school seniors, especially those from underserved populations, apply to at least one college. Participating schools receive a training webinar, a planning guide, free posters and materials, assistance in working with the media and end-of-campaign reports. 

Step 2: FAFSA Completion Initiative

Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, Iowa College Aid helps high schools identify seniors who have not completed FAFSAs so they can provide follow-up assistance. To participate, schools complete the FAFSA Completion Data Share Agreement to gain access to ICAPS, Iowa College Aid’s online processing system. 

Step 3: College Decision Day

College Decision Day recognizes high school seniors for their college plans and encourages the college aspirations of underclassmen. College Decision Day is held on or around May 1 to coincide with the date most seniors must inform a college of their plans to enroll. School events recognize all students for their postsecondary plans (two-year, four-year, military, postsecondary certificate). Participating schools receive toolkits and other materials, design assistance and assistance working with the media.




Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 24, 2018 at 2:51am.