Website and Video Resources
Includes Iowa College Aid's new Education Empowers video series!
Transfer in Iowa
The Transfer in Iowa website provides information for community college students interested in transferring to one of Iowa’s Regent Universities.
Regent Admission Index
Use Regent Admission Index website to estimate your index, part of the new admission requirements for Iowa high school students applying to Regent Universities.
College Savings Iowa
The Iowa 529 College Savings Plan allows parents to put money away to help future students pay for college.
U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is designed to assist individuals making decisions about their future work lives.
Going2College connects students to resources in Iowa to help plan and prepare for college.
Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)
A free Iowa service, ICAN provides information on college preparation, career planning, choosing a college, debt management and financial aid.
U.S. Department of Education Publications for Parents
U.S. Department of Education resources for parents to help children plan, prepare and succeed in education.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
NAEHCY is a professional organization specifically dedicated to meeting the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Upromise is a rewards program that turns everyday spending into college savings.
ACT, the official site for information regarding the ACT exam.
SAT, the official site for information regarding the SAT exam.
A Parent's Guide to Completing the FAFSA
For parents looking to start their students on the correct path to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the U.S. Department of Education has compiled this helpful parent's guide.
Provided by the Federal Department of Education, the FAFSA4caster allows you to receive an estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for federal, state and even some institutional financial aid.
Federal Student Aid ID Website
Creating a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID allows students and parents to create a more secure and efficient way to verify information when logging in to access federal student aid information online. Users have the ability to easily update personal information, like phone number, e-mail address or name. It also allows users to easily retrieve their username and password by requesting a secure code be sent to an e-mail address or by answering challenge questions. An FSA ID is required for completing the FAFSA.
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Student Aid on the Web
This U.S. Department of Education website with information about federal student aid programs. The site also includes tips and tools for planning and paying for college.
National Center for Educational Statistics
National Center for Educational Statistics is a database of educational statistics, including financial aid related statistics by college.
Career One Stop
CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and features over 7,000 scholarship, fellowship, loan and other financial aid opportunities.
Cappex helps students uncover millions of dollars in scholarships from colleges, universities, private companies, foundations and more to help pay for school.
FastWeb is a free service that matches students to scholarships, internships, grants and loans from various sources.
Dollars for Scholars
Dollars for Scholars, a community-based fundraising effort, awards scholarships to local students.
Goodcall.com gives students access to all of its listings without requiring any personal information. GoodCall also makes it easy for students to find scholarships they're more likely to win by calculating the expected number of entrants for each award and assigning a competition level score.
Private Scholarships on Iowa College Aid
Iowa College Aid provides this list of Private Scholarships available to students.
MyCollegeDollars.com, a Facebook app created by MTV and The College Board, guides students through finding and applying for scholarships and grants.
Scholarship America is one of the nation's largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organizations.
The College Board
The College Board website offers a scholarship search tool as well as college planning and SAT information.
Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Program
The Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Grant Program (NGEAP) provides annual awards to Iowa National Guard members who attend eligible Iowa colleges and universities.
GI Bill® Comparison Tool
The GI Bill® Comparison Tool is designed to make it easier for veterans, service members and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about Veteran Affair’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country while also providing key information about college affordability.
Veterans Online Application
The Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) allows veterans to apply for education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as many other types of veteran benefits.
Educational Benefits for Service Members
Educational Benefits for Service Members includes a high-level summary of the major federal benefits and programs available to eligible service members.
What You Need to Know About Your Federal Student Loan Benefits
The Federal Department of Education provides What You Need to Know About Your Federal Student Loan Benefits as a resource to highlight the special benefits available to servicemen and servicewomen. It describes the special benefits and repayment options available to service members, offers helpful tips for active duty or deployed members, and includes additional student loan resources.
Hands on Banking® for Military
Hands on Banking for Military, provided by Wells Fargo & Company and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), is designed to address military members' unique needs at every stage of their career. The program presents 10 individual lesson topics ranging from the basics of banking to planning for retirement.
Protecting your Identity
Protecting Your Identity is a downloadable fact sheet prepared by Iowa College Aid, offering information on how individuals can protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft. Warning signs, resources and steps to take if information has been compromised are covered.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC is the nation's consumer protection agency. This site provides a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. Access to forms for filing an identity theft report is included.
Iowa Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division
The Iowa Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division website provides Iowans information on preventing and dealing with identity theft. Read More
Social Security Administration
Social Security Administration provides secure online access for checking social security statements to view records of earnings and personal benefits which can help determine if an SSN has been misused for employment purposes.
AnnualCreditReport.com allows individuals to request a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
The Iowa Financial Literacy Program
Launched in 2010 by Iowa College Aid and EverFi, the industry leader in web-based financial literacy programs, The Iowa Financial Literacy Program helps Iowa students better understand financial literacy concepts in alignment with Iowa Core Standards for financial literacy taught in high school curriculum. The Iowa Insurance Division is the statewide sponsor of this program.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
CFPB works to give consumers the information they need to understand the terms of their agreements with financial companies, ensuring that consumers get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their families.
Financial Awareness Counseling Tool
The Financial Awareness Counseling tool, provided by the U.S. Department of Education, gives students with financial management basics, enables them to access their individual loan history and receive personalized feedback that can help them better understand their financial obligations.
Sponsored by Channel One, Generation Money includes many fun and interactive tools to test your financial knowledge and learn basic financial skills.
Money Smart for Young People
Money Smart for Young People is a series of lesson plans for teachers and new resources for parents to help them teach children about managing money. The resources are designed to improve financial education and decision-making skills for those in pre-K and up to age 20. The curriculum is available free of charge through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
MyMoney.gov, a U.S. government website, provides information on the basics of financial education.
Hands On Banking
Hands On Banking is a fun, interactive site that teaches money skills such as banking basics, budgeting, credit and more.