Iowa College Aid Insider: Iowa College Aid Programs (Oct. 2017)

LCAN grants top $800,000

Iowa College Aid has announced the awarding of the next round of Local College Access Network grants, including three new Implementation Grants. The agency has now awarded $ 806,708 to create 11 Local College Access Networks, or LCANs, around the state. To date, these communities have received grants: 

Up to $20,000 Planning Grants: 

  • Quad Cities
  • Burlington
  • Cedar Rapids

Planning Grants, plus up to $60,000 Launch Grants:

  • Hampton
  • Ottumwa 
  • Sioux City
  • Dubuque
  • Bremer County

Planning Grants and Launch Grants, plus up to $40,000 Implementation Grants:

  • Mason City
  • Estherville
  • Muscatine

The goal of an LCAN is to increase college access, enrollment and completion using a framework known as “Collective Impact”: Iowa College Aid provides grant money, training, technical assistance and professional development. Each LCAN assesses the assets and needs of its community and works to fill the gaps in partnership with local colleges, school districts, area education agencies, business groups, elected officials, employers and community and religious organizations.

11 percent of award recipients qualify for ‘stacking’

Iowa College Aid released a report last month detailing the number of students who qualify for more than one state aid program, known as “stacking.” In 2016-17, 19,896 students across the state received 22,701 Iowa College Aid awards. Of those students, 11.41 percent qualified for at least two awards. Here’s a breakdown: 

  • Qualified for one award: 17,627 students, or 88.6%
  • Qualified for two awards:  2,171 students, or 10.91%
  • Qualified for three awards: 93 students, or 0.47%
  • Qualified for four awards: 5 students, or 0.03%

A student may be eligible for multiple awards as long as the total amount of state-based aid and aid from other sources does not exceed the student’s cost of attendance. Read the full “Receipt of Multiple Scholarship and Grant Awards” report.

GEAR UP Week gets attention

GEAR UP Week in Iowa was covered by media outlets including KMEG14/FOX44 in Sioux City and the Ottumwa Courier. GEAR UP parent organization NCCEP (National Council for Community and Education Partnerships) highlighted our GEAR UP Week toolkits on its website.


Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 25, 2018 at 12:01am.