Iowa College Aid Insider: Iowa College Aid Programs (Jan. 2018)
IN THIS ISSUE:
Julie Leeper retires
Julie Leeper retired from Iowa College Aid on January 19 after nearly 36 years of service to the agency. She has most recently served as our legislative liaison and personnel officer. Among her many outstanding accomplishments over the years are her work to streamline the student loan process and to computerize grant and scholarship administration. At a reception on January 18, Julie received certificates of recognition from both the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate. Executive Director Karen Misjak praised Julie’s dedication to accuracy and honesty and credited her for Iowa College Aid’s trustworthy reputation. We all wish Julie much happiness in her retirement!
Eleven new AmeriCorps members have begun work in Iowa College Aid’s Course to College Corps, 10 in late October and one in early December. Six members have attended orientation in the Des Moines office and earned Financial Aid Provider Certification. The rest will complete orientation online or via videoconference. These members will provide one-on-one college access assistance, such as completing college applications and the FAFSA, to low-income students. Here are the communities where Course to College Corps members have begun work:
- Cedar Rapids
- Sioux City
- Fort Dodge
Ten additional members are expected to start work throughout the 2017-18 academic year. These AmeriCorps members join VISTA members in the Course to College Corps. VISTA members will focus on capacity building and sustainability of the Course to College program, while AmeriCorps members will focus on direct service to students.
Under Iowa Code, Iowa College Aid authorizes institutions to offer for-credit courses in Iowa, even those based out of state, and ensures financial protections for Iowa students.
In FY 2017, Iowa College Aid:
- Registered 54 institutions to offer on-campus and distance education to Iowans
- Approved 42 institutions to offer on-campus or distance education under exemptions
- Approved 41 Iowa schools to initiate or renew participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements)
- Received and vetted 43 student complaints