Iowa College Aid Insider: Teaching & Advising College-Bound Students (Oct. 2017)
Awards available for teachers in shortage areas
The Teach Iowa Scholar Program provides up to $4,000 a year for qualified teachers in designated shortage areas determined by the U.S. Department of Education. The deadline to apply is November 17. After you fill out the Teach Iowa Scholar Program application, Iowa College Aid will verify your job classification with your principal and your class rank with the school where you graduated. Here are shortage areas for the 2017-18 academic year, in order of need:
- Hearing impaired, birth to 21
- Visually impaired, birth to 21
- Industrial technology, grades 5-12
- Family and consumer sciences, grades 5-12
- Teacher librarian, grades K-8, 5-12 and K-12
- Talented and gifted, grades K-12
- Behavior disorder/learning disabilities
- Mental disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- English as a Second Language, grades K-12
- Mild/moderate instructional strategist, grades K-8
- Regular/special education, grades preK-3
- Mild/moderate instructional strategist, grades 5-12
- Agriculture, grades 5-12
- Special education, grades preK-K
- Physics, grades 5-12
- All science, grades 5-12
- Foreign language
- Mathematics, grades 5-12
- Basic, grades 5-12
- Business, grades 5-12
Subject areas that have fallen off the list since last year are earth science, chemistry, biology, speech/communications/theater and counselor.
Free materials available to promote college applications
College application season is here, and Iowa College Aid’s College Application Campaign is under way. Here are some free materials available for high school counselors and advisers to download:
- Five suggested steps for a college application event at your school.
- Training webinar for college application event coordinators.
- Coordinator’s guide, including a senior year timeline.
- Application fee waiver for Iowa’s Regent universities.
- “I went to college” sign for faculty and staff to fill out and display.
Sign your school up here for the College Application Campaign.
More than 95% of colleges unaffordable for low-income students
Between 95 and 99 percent of colleges and universities are financially out of reach for the lowest-income students in the United States, according to a report from the nonprofit Institute for Higher Education Policy. Using the Lumina Foundation Affordability Benchmark, the report found that students with household incomes under $69,000 could afford only 1 to 5 percent of colleges. Even for students with family incomes over $160,000, 10 percent of colleges were still unaffordable. Read the full “Limited Means, Limited Options” report.