Iowa College Aid Insider - July
Get a head start on your scholarship attack plan
Volunteer opportunity with the College Application Campaign
Iowa College Aid at the Iowa State Fair
Condition of Higher Education Report details education snapshot of Iowa
Loan repayment benefits both health care professionals and Iowa communities
Changes to the 2017-18 FAFSA
Possible changes to student loan counseling requirements
2016 Iowa Jump Start Conference a success!
Get a head start on your scholarship attack plan
As the old saying goes, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” But while college students receiving scholarships and grants might not get a ham sandwich, they get something even better: money for their education that does not have to be repaid after graduation (as opposed to private or federal loans). It’s as close to free money as a student can get. Creating a realistic approach to scholarships and grants starts with understanding what they are. Start preparing now to take advantage of financial aid and scholarship options down the road.
Completing a college application as a high school senior marks a very important first step for students in planning their education beyond high school. Iowa College Aid recognizes the importance of application completion and is excited to again provide the Iowa College Application Campaign as an opportunity for Iowa high schools to assist students in the process. The Iowa College Application Campaign is part of a national effort to engage and inform Iowa students about the college application process with the primary purpose of helping high school seniors, especially those from underserved populations, navigate the college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one college.
The success of the Iowa College Application Campaign is in large part due to community and organization volunteers. The involvement of volunteers will help schools build and support a college-going culture for all students. If you are interested in volunteering at a school’s Iowa College Application Campaign event, please complete volunteer registration form. Please contact Iowa College Aid at 877-272-4456 or firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line Iowa College Application Campaign as the subject line with any questions.
Visit Iowa College Aid in the Varied Industries Building during the Iowa State Fair, August 11-21, 2016 in an effort to spread the word about the positive impact of a college education. The booth will be staffed by employees ready to answer questions and discuss the college application process, how to apply for financial aid, college preparation and scholarship and grant programs.
Fair goers can stop by the booth for a College Passport and receive a free prize when it’s returned with signatures from college, university and military booths also at the Iowa State Fair. Fair goers also can pick up free college-planning publications along with color-changing Iowa College Aid pencils. There will also be a sign up for the 2016-17 edition of Your Course to College, our premier college-planning guide. Don’t miss out; add the Iowa College Aid booth to your Iowa State Fair fun!
The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) is the only state agency that focuses on providing resources to Iowans to make education after high school possible. We offer programs and services for students and families who need help planning, understanding the necessity of education or obtaining financial support. The Condition of Higher Education report is meant to provide a snapshot of higher education in Iowa.
Iowa College Aid has awarded 16 health care professionals with loan repayment benefits totaling $705,000 as part of a state program to attract health care professionals to high-need Iowa communities. The Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program assists professionals who practice in designated communities for up to four years and whose communities agree to provide a dollar-for-dollar match.
This year’s recipients include osteopathic doctors, physician assistants, podiatrists and physical therapists. With the addition of these 16 recipients, a total of 45 health care providers are serving Algona, Atlantic, Boone, Britt, Carlisle, Carroll, Centerville, Cherokee, Corydon, Dunlap, Eagle Grove, Forest City, Greenfield, Grinnell, Gowrie, Guthrie Center, Hampton, Harlan, Humboldt, Ida Grove, Indianola, Jefferson, Keosauqua, Lake City, LeMars, Manchester, Marshalltown, Mason City, Osage, Ottumwa, Perry, Pocahontas, Shell Rock, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Toledo, Waverly, Webster City, West Burlington, West Union and Woodbine.
The $705,000 awarded to the latest 16 recipients will be paid over a four-year period. The maximum annual award is $12,500 for up to four years. The average aggregate award for this year’s recipients was $44,063. For more information on the Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program or other loan repayment programs provided by the State of Iowa, visit Iowa College Aid’s website at iowacollegeaid.gov.
Stay updated on the changes to the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid with U.S. Department of Education's Financial Aid Toolkit.
Would the requirement of additional loan counseling for student borrowers prevent overborrowing? A possible plan from the Obama administration aims to find out. Learn more at InsideHigherEd.com
Approximately 90 Iowa teachers and business professionals attended Iowa Jump$tart’s annual Conference for Financial Literacy June 22 at DMACC’s FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The conference, titled “Financial Literacy Starts with You,” provided teachers with a wealth of resources and tools to take back to the classroom for their financial literacy educational programs.