2016 Annual Report: 3-Step Process
Iowa College Aid’s 3-Step Process aims to help high school seniors and their families through college application and admissions, offering assistance through a process that can be intimidating and confusing.
Goal: Increase number of high school seniors in Iowa who apply for college and financial aid and who enroll in college
College Application Campaign: 78 schools, more than 3,500 seniors
FAFSA Completion Initiative: 57 school districts, 69 high schools
College Decision Day: 25 schools, up to 4,800 seniors
Step 1: College Application Campaign
The Iowa College Application Campaign is part of a national effort to ensure that high school seniors, especially those from underserved populations, apply to at least one college. Participating schools receive a training webinar, a planning guide, free posters and materials, assistance in working with the media and end-of-campaign reports.
Step 2: FAFSA Completion Initiative
Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, Iowa College Aid helps high schools identify seniors who have not completed FAFSAs so they can provide follow-up assistance. To participate, schools complete the FAFSA Completion Data Share Agreement to gain access to ICAPS, Iowa College Aid’s online processing system.
Step 3: College Decision Day
College Decision Day recognizes high school seniors for their college plans and encourages the college aspirations of underclassmen. College Decision Day is held on or around May 1 to coincide with the date most seniors must inform a college of their plans to enroll. School events recognize all students for their postsecondary plans (two-year, four-year, military, postsecondary certificate). Participating schools receive toolkits and other materials, design assistance and assistance working with the media.