Iowa College Aid Insider: Iowa College Aid Programs (Nov. 2017)

Scholarships Awarded

More than $74 million awarded in 2016-17

In academic year 2016-17, Iowa College Aid made 22,697 awards to Iowa students totaling $70.9 million. In addition, 1,526 awards totaling $3.8 million were made through loan repayment programs. Here’s the breakdown:


  • Iowa Tuition Grant: 11,605 awards, $50,589,944
  • Iowa Voc-Tech Tuition Grant: 2,674 awards, $2,320,191
  • Kibbie Grant: 4,415 awards, $4,978,386
  • All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship: 726 awards, $3,250,352
  • Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance: 1,127 awards, $4,815,534
  • Governor's State Fair Scholarship: 4 awards, $10,000
  • Education Training Voucher: 166 awards, $555,229
  • All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care: 174 awards, $401,024
  • Barber and Cosmetology Arts and Sciences: 86 awards, $36,938
  • GEAR UP Iowa Scholarship: 1,720 awards, $3,893,877

Loan repayment/forgiveness programs:

  • Iowa Teacher Shortage: 106 awards, $519,758
  • Iowa Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator: 26 awards, $ 77,282
  • Health Care Professional Recruitment Program: 15 awards, $556,092
  • John R. Justice: 12 awards, $31,406
  • Rural Iowa Primary Care: 10 awards, $1,774,641
  • Rural Iowa RN and PA: 9 awards, $180,000
  • Teach Iowa Scholar: 160 awards, $640,000

Find more details, including average awards and distribution broken down by school.

Students in GEAR UP Iowa total nearly 8,400 

In the 2016-17 school year, the number of students served by GEAR UP Iowa grew to 8,388 ninth-graders in 12 Iowa school districts. Here are key statistics for the year:

  • 1,040 students received tutoring and/or homework assistance 
  • 1,294 students went on college visits to more than 30 colleges 
  • 1,490 students participated in 7,457 hours of mentoring
  • 521 students participated in summer programs
  • 279 students went on job site visits or participated in job shadowing
  • 408 families participated in family events
  • 124 families participated in workshops on college preparation and/or financial aid
  • 63 students and 8 college student mentors participated in the GEAR UP Iowa Summer Summit at Iowa State University
  • 4 students and chaperones attended the National Youth Leadership Summit in San Francisco

Learn more about GEAR UP Iowa.

Success story: Health Professional Recruitment Program 

As a small-town physician, Dr. Clinton T. Cummings does it all: family practice, obstetrics, emergency medicine. And he knows what his practice means for Manchester, Iowa, population 5,000. “It’s important for the community to have a primary care provider that they don’t have to travel a long distance to see,” he says. While he had long planned to practice rural medicine, the Health Professional Recruitment Program helped Dr. Cummings choose an Iowa community. Read more of what he says about the program: 

  • “There’s a lot of competition for physicians, not just between big cities and small towns but between states. This was definitely a factor in my decision to stay in Iowa.”
  • “You come out of medical school with such a large debt load. This award keeps providers in Iowa and in the rural setting—not just physicians, but other medical professionals like physical therapists, physician assistants and podiatrists.”
  • “When you have a family and start to settle down, you grow roots and become part of a community. I went into family practice because I enjoy doing continuity of care and developing relationships with patients. I really get to know them, through my practice and out in the community.”
  • “The award really shows that the state is supportive of primary care in the rural setting. It gives rural Iowa easier access to quality care. It’s very much an honor to get this and to have the state supporting physicians like myself.”

Learn more about the Health Professional Recruitment Program.


Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 24, 2018 at 3:08am.