Federal and State grants are all gift aid and do not need to be paid back. Classroom attendance is required to receive all Federal aid.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is for undergraduates working toward their first bachelor’s degree, and demonstrates exceptionally high need. Pell grant awards are made based off a students Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is calculated after the FAFSA is completed. The award amount is determined by the Federal Department of Education. The maximum annual Pell award is $5,920 for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Pell Grant is adjusted according to the number of credits a student is enrolled during the academic year.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is grant assistance awarded to high-need students who also qualify for the Pell Grant. The maximum FSEOG award is $500. Students must be enrolled in half-time status at the beginning of fall and spring terms. Priority is given to students who file the FAFSA and have a “0” Expected Family Contribution. This grant has limited funding and is awarded until depleted.
Funding for Foster Care Youth/Education and Training Voucher Programs
The Iowa College Student Aid Commission administers the Foster Care Youth Programs. For qualifying applicants, federal funding is available through the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program for up to $5000 per year. Students between the ages of 16-23 who age out of Iowa's foster care system or Subsidized Guardianship program and students who were previously in Iowa foster care and are adopted after age 16 may be eligible for this federal grant program. Students must complete the FAFSA and Iowa College Aid application.
GEAR UP Scholarship Program
The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Scholarship is a statewide non need-based scholarship program that provides awards of up to $2,600 per year to students who are part of the GEAR UP Iowa cohort. This scholarship can be used to pay for tuition/fees, room/board, books/supplies, and personal/living expenses while in college. Students who attend during the summer may receive additional funding. More information concerning the GEAR UP scholarship Program can be found at:
GEAR UP Scholarships
Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant (IVT)
Iowa residents that are enrolled in career or technical education programs at Iowa community colleges may be eligible to receive the IVT grant. IVT grants can range from $500 to $900 for the 2017-2018 academic year. The amount a student is awarded is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the number of credits in which the student is enrolled. Students must show financial need, are in a Vocational Technical program of at least 15 weeks in length, have an EFC of $201-$5300, and meet a July 1st deadline. Eligible recipients can be either full-time or part-time. IVT awards are tuition/fee restricted.
Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant Application Deadline is July 1, 2018
Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant (KIBBIE)
The Kibbie Grant provides need-based financial assistance to Iowa residents enrolled in specific career or technical education programs of at least 15 weeks, have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0-$6000, and meet the July 1st deadline. The award amounts are based on the number of credits a student is enrolled. The maximum KIBBIE grant awarded to a student who is enrolled full time basis is $2600. If enrolled full time for summer an additional $1300 may be added. Eligible recipients can be full-time or part-time. Kibbie grants are tuition/fee restricted.
KIBBIE Grant application Deadline is July 1, 2018.
Iowa National Guard Education Assistance Program (NGEAP)
NGEAP is a state funded tuition assistance grant for Iowa Air and Army National Guard members attending college. Students must be Iowa residents (as established by the Adjutant General), in good standing with their units, and attend an accredited Iowa school. NGEAP pays up to 100% of the tuition costs at their school of choice. This does not have to be repaid.
Iowa National Guard Educational Assistance Program (spring deadline) is December 1, 2018
The All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship
The All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship (AIOS) is a state-funded scholarship program for Iowa students who attend an eligible Iowa college/university. The annual award is $4383. Priority for awards is given to:
- Students who age out of Iowa’s foster care system, age out of the State Training School, and students adopted from Iowa’s foster care system after age 16;
- Students who participated in certain federal TRIO programs
- Students who graduated from alternative high schools or alternative high school programs
- Students who participated in a Federal GEAR UP Grant program in Iowa
The All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship Deadline is March 1, 2018.