Iowa College Aid Insider - August 2016
Somewhere between the parades and the prize pigs, did you catch us at this year’s Iowa State Fair? Our booth in the Varied Industries Building offered prizes to visitors who completed a College Passport, as well as free flyers and booklets about how to invest and pay for a college education. We also had kiosks where visitors could sign up for free copies of the 2016-17 edition of “Your Course to College,” our comprehensive guide for planning and paying for college, in English or Spanish.
Kethryn Eyheralde of Centerville, Iowa, and Kaitlyn Boyer of Weldon, Iowa, were the winners of the 2016 Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship. Governor Branstad presented their awards on the final Saturday of the fair on the Anne & Bill Riley Stage. This scholarship recognizes outstanding Iowa high school seniors who have actively participated in the Iowa State Fair and plan to attend an Iowa college or university. Both Eyheralde and Boyer will use the $2,000 scholarship at Iowa State University, where Eyheralde will major in animal ecology with an emphasis in pre-veterinary studies and Boyer will study animal science with a focus on beef production. Find more information about the State Fair Scholarship.
Iowa College Aid hosted a National College Access Network (NCAN) Idea Incubator on August 9-10. The event, part of a series held in four U.S. cities, focused on “Collecting and Reporting Metrics across Organizations, Networks and Collaboratives.” Representatives came from Iowa College Aid, iMentor (New York), Citizens for Excellence (Texas), Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (Ohio), Achieve Atlanta (Georgia) and St. Louis Graduates (Missouri). The group worked to outline potential obstacles to data reporting and identified action plans, priorities and member collaborations to address those problems.
The Teach Iowa Scholar program awarded $720,000 to teachers who taught in one of Iowa’s shortage areas during the 2015-16 academic year: $4,000 each to 87 renewal teachers and 93 new teachers. Teachers can elect to receive the $4,000 award as an income supplement, or they can direct the payment to their federal student loan balance. One hundred teachers chose the income supplement, while 80 chose to direct the payment to their outstanding student loan. The majority of recipients taught in special education, mathematics and the sciences. Find more information about the Teach Iowa Scholar program.
GEAR UP Iowa students are heading back to school, and several districts held orientations to help students understand what to expect as they enter high school. Clinton held a Rise Above training where upperclassmen gave tours of the high school to GEAR UP Iowa freshmen. Freshmen also reviewed the handbook and participated in a scavenger hunt to find key services across the building. At Davenport West, 140 GEAR UP Iowa students participated in the JUMP program, acclimating to high school. Students met each other and their teachers and took a tour of the building.
If you’re about to start the college application process, you’re probably wondering what schools will accept you. But it’s just as important for you to decide which schools will suit you. Our video can help.
The window to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens October 1 this year. That’s earlier than ever, and you can now file your 2017-18 application using data from your 2015 tax return. Watch our website for a countdown calendar and filing tips.