3-Step Process

Iowa College Aid provides three uniquely different opportunities for Iowa high schools to promote postsecondary education and build a college-going culture within their schools. The importance of some type of education beyond high school has become widely evident in recent years, whether it be at a university, community college, trade school or apprenticeship, or by joining the military. Studies show that as educational attainment increases, income increases and the percent of population living in poverty decreases. Those with some type of postsecondary degree are more likely to have health insurance coverage, get out and vote and volunteer in their communities.

Students who attend high schools with a strong college climate are more likely to take the steps toward college enrollment. Iowa College Aid's 3-Step Process is available for Iowa high schools to help build a college-going culture that will encourage students to plan for and become excited about their futures.

Registration for the 2016-17 3-Step Process is now available! Please contact Keyli Keifer with any questions.

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Step 1: Iowa College Application Campaign

Iowa College Application Campaign is part of a national effort to engage and inform Iowa students about the college application process. The primary purpose is to help high school seniors, especially those from underserved populations, navigate the college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one college.

Support for participating schools includes:

  • Training webinar and Site Coordinator Planning Guide;
  • Free promotional posters and materials to use during events;
  • Assistance with press releases and working with the media; and
  • End-of-Campaign reports

Step 2: Iowa FAFSA Completion Initiative

The importance of FAFSA completion is seen in the strong correlation between FAFSA completion and college enrollment as well as its necessity for students to receive financial aid. Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, Iowa College Aid can help high schools identify seniors who have not completed a FAFSA so they can provide follow-up assistance.

  • To participate, schools must complete the FAFSA Completion Data Share Agreement.
  • Schools will have access to ICAPS, Iowa College Aid’s online processing system, where they will upload a student roster and download a FAFSA Completion File.
  • Schools are encouraged to use the FAFSA completion information to provide targeted FAFSA assistance.

Step 3: College Decision Day

The goal of College Decision Day is to recognize high school seniors for their college plans and encourage 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 (2-year, 4-year, military, postsecondary certificate).

Support for participating schools includes:

  • Toolkit with ideas and suggestions for hosting successful events;
  • Design assistance and materials to use during events; and
  • Assistance with press releases and working with the media.

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on March 19, 2018 at 12:08am.