Website and Video Resources

Video Gallery

 Includes Iowa College Aid's new Education Empowers video series!

College and Career Planning

Applying for College

Scholarship Sources

Financial Aid Resources for Veterans

Education Tax Benefits

Identity Theft Resources

Money Management

Other Resources


College and Career Planning

Transfer in Iowa

The Transfer in Iowa website provides information for community college students interested in transferring to one of Iowa’s Regent Universities.

Regent Admission Index

Use Regent Admission Index website to estimate your index, part of the new admission requirements for Iowa high school students applying to Regent Universities.

College Savings Iowa

The Iowa 529 College Savings Plan allows parents to put money away to help future students pay for college.

U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is designed to assist individuals making decisions about their future work lives.


Going2College connects students to resources in Iowa to help plan and prepare for college.

Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)

A free Iowa service, ICAN provides information on college preparation, career planning, choosing a college, debt management and financial aid. 

U.S. Department of Education Publications for Parents

U.S. Department of Education resources for parents to help children plan, prepare and succeed in education.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

NAEHCY is a professional organization specifically dedicated to meeting the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness. 


ACT, the official site for information regarding the ACT exam.


SAT, the official site for information regarding the SAT exam.

Applying for College

A Parent's Guide to Completing the FAFSA

For parents looking to start their students on the correct path to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the U.S. Department of Education has compiled this helpful parent's guide.


Provided by the Federal Department of Education, the FAFSA4caster allows you to receive an estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for federal, state and even some institutional financial aid.

Federal Student Aid ID Website

Creating a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID allows students and parents to create a more secure and efficient way to verify information when logging in to access federal student aid information online. Users have the ability to easily update personal information, like phone number, e-mail address or name. It also allows users to easily retrieve their username and password by requesting a secure code be sent to an e-mail address or by answering challenge questions. An FSA ID is required for completing the FAFSA.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

Students can use NSLDS to access information about federal student aid, including federal student loans. A Federal Student Aid PIN is required to access information.

Student Aid on the Web

This U.S. Department of Education website with information about federal student aid programs. The site also includes tips and tools for planning and paying for college.

National Center for Educational Statistics

National Center for Educational Statistics is a database of educational statistics, including financial aid related statistics by college.

Scholarship Sources

Career One Stop

CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and features over 7,000 scholarship, fellowship, loan and other financial aid opportunities.

Dollars for Scholars

Dollars for Scholars, a community-based fundraising effort, awards scholarships to local students.

Private Scholarships on Iowa College Aid

Iowa College Aid provides this list of Private Scholarships available to students.

Scholarship America

Scholarship America is one of the nation's largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organizations.

The College Board

The College Board website offers a scholarship search tool as well as college planning and SAT information.

Financial Aid Resources for Veterans

Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Program

The Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Grant Program (NGEAP) provides annual awards to Iowa National Guard members who attend eligible Iowa colleges and universities.

GI Bill® Comparison Tool

The GI Bill® Comparison Tool is designed to make it easier for veterans, service members and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about Veteran Affair’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country while also providing key information about college affordability.

Veterans Online Application

The Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) allows veterans to apply for education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as many other types of veteran benefits.

Educational Benefits for Service Members

Educational Benefits for Service Members includes a high-level summary of the major federal benefits and programs available to eligible service members.

What You Need to Know About Your Federal Student Loan Benefits

The Federal Department of Education provides What You Need to Know About Your Federal Student Loan Benefits as a resource to highlight the special benefits available to servicemen and servicewomen. It describes the special benefits and repayment options available to service members, offers helpful tips for active duty or deployed members, and includes additional student loan resources.

Hands on Banking® for Military

Hands on Banking for Military, provided by Wells Fargo & Company and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), is designed to address military members' unique needs at every stage of their career. The program presents 10 individual lesson topics ranging from the basics of banking to planning for retirement.

Education Tax Benefits

IRS Tax Information for Students

IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits of Higher Education

IRS Form 8863

Identity Theft Resources

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The FTC is the nation's consumer protection agency. This site provides a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. Access to forms for filing an identity theft report is included.

FTC ID Theft Complaint Form

FTC ID Theft Affidavit

Iowa Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division

The Iowa Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division website provides Iowans information on preventing and dealing with identity theft.  Read More

Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration provides secure online access for checking social security statements to view records of earnings and personal benefits which can help determine if an SSN has been misused for employment purposes.

Money Management

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

CFPB works to give consumers the information they need to understand the terms of their agreements with financial companies, ensuring that consumers get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their families.

Financial Awareness Counseling Tool

The Financial Awareness Counseling tool, provided by the U.S. Department of Education, gives students with financial management basics, enables them to access their individual loan history and receive personalized feedback that can help them better understand their financial obligations.

Money Smart for Young People

Money Smart for Young People is a series of lesson plans for teachers and new resources for parents to help them teach children about managing money. The resources are designed to improve financial education and decision-making skills for those in pre-K and up to age 20. The curriculum is available free of charge through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)., a U.S. government website, provides information on the basics of financial education.

Hands On Banking

Hands On Banking is a fun, interactive site that teaches money skills such as banking basics, budgeting, credit and more.

Other Sources

Iowa's Regent Universities

Iowa Association of Independent Colleges & Universities

Iowa Association of Community Colleges

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 25, 2018 at 11:23pm.