About Iowa College Aid

Iowa College Aid administers:

  • 14 state-funded, need-based scholarship, grant and loan forgiveness programs totaling more than $68 million annually.
  • The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Grant for the State of Iowa with the goal of increasing the college-going culture in Iowa.
  • The Iowa College Aid "3-Step Process" which includes the Iowa College Application Campaign, Iowa FAFSA Completion Initiative and College Decision Day

Iowa College Aid's focus is to put students first.  This reflects our long-standing commitment to helping Iowans achieve an education beyond high school.  "Putting Students First" is the agency's primary guiding principle.

Our Values

  • Put students first
  • Respect and honor the dignity of each other and all those we serve
  • Uphold the public trust
  • Create and nurture internal and external partnerships that benefit our customers
  • Provide services to our customers that exceed expectations and address their changing needs
  • Develop and empower a motivated, compassionate, professional and accountable team
  • Utilize evidence-based decision-making
  • Strive to improve internal and external communication and increase transparency

What We Do

We help make college possible for all Iowans by...

  • Working to remove barriers so that any Iowan can achieve an education.
  • Providing Iowans with the tools and information to plan, prepare and complete education after high school.

How we do it

We provide programs and resources to help Iowans succeed by...

  • Awarding approximately 27,000 state-funded financial aid awards to students from all 99 Iowa counties.
  • Engaging schools and communities to develop a college-going culture and increase college access.
  • Building statewide support of initiatives that help Iowans stay in the education pipeline through degree or credential completion, preparing them for tomorrow’s careers.
  • Serving as a trusted resource of postsecondary education data for state policymakers.

Why we do it

We help Iowans advance and succeed, which helps Iowa grow.

  • A college degree or credential means higher earnings and improved career opportunities.
  • An educated workforce grows the economies of our communities and our state.
  • Iowa’s continued growth comes from strengthening our talent pipelines.

Strategic Goals

  1. Statewide engagement to increase post-secondary attainment.
  2. Coordinated outreach/communications supporting our mission and vision.
  3. We continually strive to improve organizational performance.
  4. Increase funding for students and student services.


Created in 1963 by the Iowa General Assembly, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) has served as the State of Iowa’s student financial aid agency for over 50 years. Originally established to implement the federal assistance program for construction of academic facilities provided by the Higher Education Act of 1963, the scope of the agency’s responsibilities has evolved to help make college possible for all Iowans.

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on December 17, 2017 at 7:41am.