Iowa College Aid Insider - March

Register for Iowa College Decision Day!
Find out which of your students still need to complete the FAFSA
Build up your GEAR UP Iowa transition into high school!
JB Young middle school students get a glimpse of their future!
Governor's 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit
FSA ID streamlines federal financial aid process
What is College?
Education Empowers

Register for Iowa College Decision Day!

You’ve heard of signing day for athletes, right? Let’s celebrate all college decisions in the same fashion. Participate in National College Signing Day 2016, also known as College Decision Day, on April 26.

College Decision Day gives high schools and communities the opportunity to recognize high school seniors for their decisions to continue their education beyond high school and is step three of Iowa College Aid’s 3 Step Process towards building a college-going culture.

Iowa College Aid invites you to celebrate your students’ hard work by hosting a College Decision Day event at your school. Whether a large, city-wide event or a school-based day, the experience is sure to leave your students with a feeling of pride and excitement for their future.

Learn more about how you can host an event by contacting Keyli Keifer.

Find out which of your students still need to complete the FAFSA.

Have your students completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2016-17 academic year?

A completed FAFSA allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine a potential student’s eligibility for federal student aid – a key factor in families’ college decisions. It is also used by many states, including Iowa, as well as colleges and universities to determine eligibility for financial aid programs they award.

Do you wish there was a way to identify which of your students have completed a FAFSA? Iowa College Aid can make that happen. Through the Iowa FAFSA Completion Initiative, Iowa College Aid is able to share student-specific FAFSA completion information with Iowa high schools and school districts. Once a data-sharing agreement is in place, your student information can be at your fingertips.

Learn more about the initiative by contacting Keyli Keifer.

Build up your GEAR UP Iowa transition into high school!

Join fellow community and education partners of GEAR UP Iowa at the GEAR UP Iowa Conference on April 7 and 8. The conference provides opportunities to not only share best practices and expand professional development related to GEAR UP objectives, but also to encourage networking between individuals from across the state who have the shared goal of increasing student achievement.

The conference features GEAR UP Iowa partners who have already successfully implemented the program in their daily lives as well as the following plenary speakers:

  • Ranjit Sidhu, President & CEO for the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)
  • David Ford, Postsecondary Success Lead at Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, Bettendorf, IA
  • Adam Carroll, Author/Founder, National Financial Educators
  • Kenneth C. Williams, Founder/Chief Visionary, Unfold the Soul

Conference registration is open through Wednesday, March 23rd. It is free for all attendees, and lodging is provided for GEAR UP Iowa school professionals. Join us as we kick off our GEAR UP Iowa students’ transition to high school!

JB Young middle school students get a glimpse of their future!

Middle school students in Davenport saw into their futures at a Career Exploration Day at JB Young Intermediate. Students heard from Blong Technology Center about training and education programs in welding, machining, hydraulics and drafting; and from Scott Community College about the admissions process, scholarships and summer camps. They experienced hands-on work simulating patient care in an ambulance with paramedics from Advanced Medical Transport, and then learned about the education required to be a paramedic. Students also participated in a Self-Discovery/Making Connections Workshop lead by GEAR UP Iowa. The workshop encouraged students to self-reflect on their passions, skills and values and challenged students to connect these to career aspirations.

“Our students are fascinated by what they can potentially become. We are looking to build on this hope and aspiration to make their dreams become achievable. The Career Exploration day was a positive event with the intention of continuing to guide our students toward post-secondary education and training programs. It was positive and fun!” said Ms. Martinez, the JB Young School Counselor. JB Young Middle School is a partner school of GEAR UP Iowa, a program of the Federal Department of Education’s GEAR UP Grant, which is administered in Iowa through Iowa College Aid. For more information on GEAR UP Iowa and the communities it serves, please visit or contact GEAR UP Iowa

Governor's 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit

For every employer competing in the global economy, attracting and retaining top-notch talent is the most critical challenge they face. So how does Iowa create a workforce that’s prepared to take on the world? How do we assure that more students and workers have the career opportunities they deserve?

The Governor’s 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit will elevate the statewide conversation about how to build on the work underway to close the skills gap.

Registration for the Future Ready Iowa Summit closes April 5. For more information and to register, visit

FSA ID streamlines federal financial aid process

In an effort to streamline the federal financial aid process, students, families and borrowers will use the FSA ID when logging into multiple U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites, including Learn more about the more secure and efficient  FSA ID in Iowa College Aid’s News You Can Use, The FSA ID.

What is college?

What is college? The idea of college has changed over the years. View Iowa College Aid’s newest addition to the Education Empowers video series, What is College? Exploring What’s Possible After High School. The short video highlights the different types of degrees and certificate programs available for Iowans, stressing that college is possible for everyone.

Education Empowers

Education Empowers, the official blog of Iowa College Aid, provides practical, informative and engaging tips and insight related to financial aid and college planning.

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 26, 2018 at 9:13am.