Iowa College Aid Insider: Applying for College & Financial Aid (Feb. 2018)
If you haven’t filed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for 2018-19, now is an excellent time to get going. Remember, you have to file a new FAFSA for every year you plan to be in college. Here are 10 reasons to get it done in the next few weeks:
1. Earlier filing means better odds. Some programs actually give priority to students who file sooner, March 1 is a common date for priority deadlines.
2. It’s free. There’s no charge to file the FAFSA, ever.
3. It’s quicker than you think. Average time spent on the form is 30-60 minutes—not much when you consider that thousands of dollars for your education are on the line.
4. It’s simpler than you think. If you file online, you can pull your financial data over from your tax return.
5. It’s worth it. Every year, thousands of Iowans qualify for millions of dollars in state grants and scholarships by filing the FAFSA.
6. Seriously, it’s worth it. More than half of Iowa’s FAFSA filers qualify for the federal Pell Grant alone.
7. Plan to take out federal student loans? You need to file a FAFSA to qualify.
8. Plan to work during college? You need to file a FAFSA to qualify for Federal Work-Study.
9. More than three-quarters of Iowa’s college students get some form of financial aid, and it all starts with the FAFSA.
10. File the FAFSA, and your counselors, teachers and family can leave you alone about it!
Do you have aspirations for a STEM degree or career? Two Iowa high school seniors will receive full scholarships to attend the 2018 National Youth Science Camp this summer in West Virginia. The camp is a month-long residential education program for students who will graduate from high school this spring. Two students will be selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C. The camp includes lectures, hands-on research, overnight camping and a visit to Washington. There is no cost to participants. Meals, lodging and airfare are provided. The camp will begin June 27 and end July 21. Applications are due by 5 p.m. February 28.
The state of Iowa and the SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security Institute have teamed up to inspire a new generation of female cybersecurity professionals. Girls Go CyberStart will give 10,000 high schoolers nationwide an opportunity to earn rewards and trips to cyber security conferences. “I am excited that Iowa, in conjunction with the SANS Institute, is offering this program,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said. “It provides opportunities for growth—both for our state’s young women and for STEM in our state.” The free online game is open to young women in grades 9-12 who want to learn basic cybersecurity and test their aptitude. No cybersecurity or IT experience necessary—just a computer and an internet connection. Iowa’s students will compete against students from 16 other states and territories. Registration is open through February 16. The game will run February 20-25. Register or find more information here.