Iowa College Aid’s Guide Helps Students Plan Their Course to College

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) announced today the availability of its premiere college planning guide, Your Course to College, for the 2015-16 school year. This free resource is full of information to help students as they prepare for college and careers after high school. A favorite among Iowa high school counselors and college coordinators, the guide covers everything to help make the transition to college easier.

“Our school utilizes the Your Course to College guide extensively with our seniors every year,” said Meri Edel, school counselor at Marshalltown High School. “This college-planning guide is an excellent resource for them to get a comprehensive look at colleges in Iowa, learn more about financial aid and set the wheels in motion for the college-planning process!”

This year’s guide contains new content based on suggestions from school counselors.  Iowa high school counselors were surveyed last year to determine topics where students lacked knowledge and understanding. Based on those findings, the following new content was added:

  • Recommended college prep courses
  • The college admissions process, including factors in the admissions decision
  • Career outlook
  • Finding the right fit
  • Choosing a major
  • A breakdown of college costs
  • Successfully transitioning from high school to college

One of the most unique aspects of Your Course to College is the directory of Iowa colleges and universities.

“The directory of Iowa colleges and universities is one of the most popular sections of this college planning resource,” explained Karen Misjak, executive director of Iowa College Aid.  “Your Course to College features profiles of colleges and universities in Iowa with information such as: admission requirements, costs (including tuition, fees, room and board and estimated books and supplies), priority deadlines for filing for financial aid and types of degree programs offered for each institution.”

Iowa College Aid provides free resources to help make college possible for students and families.  Your Course to College, as well as other college planning and financial aid publications, can be ordered for free from Iowa College Aid’s website,  For more information about free college and career planning resources, please contact Iowa College Aid at 877-272-4456. 


Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 25, 2018 at 11:07pm.