Student Financial Aid

Paying for college doesn't have to be financially overwhelming. There are many different ways for a family to pay for a college education and the financial aid process isn't as complicated as many people think. Read below to learn more about the financial aid process, grants & scholarships and student loans, including default prevention.

Financial Aid Process

Review the steps necessary to be considered for the most financial aid programs. Read More

Grants & Scholarships

Find information regarding state grants and scholarships, federal grants and private scholarship sources.  Read More

Student Loans

If you still need money to cover educational expenses after you have exhausted other financial aid and employment opportunities, student loans can be a good option.  Review the student loan options available to you, as well as repayment options and default prevention information.  Read More

Out-of-State Tuition Discount Programs

When researching colleges outside of Iowa, be sure to ask if the college you are interested in attending offers reduced tuition rate for residents of Iowa. Many schools in adjacent states offer a discount to out-of-state students from neighboring communities. Read More

Work Study

Work-study funds are offered to students based on financial need. Students earn these funds by working part-time jobs in exchange for wages. Typically, these jobs are on campus and the number of hours is limited to allow students to focus on their studies and college experience.

Higher Education Tax Benefits

Higher Education tax benefits are available to students and families to help reduce the overall cost of a college education. The IRS offers various tax deductions and credits to individuals and families paying higher education expenses. Read More


Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on March 18, 2018 at 11:59pm.