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Community Engagement

An integral part of our mission is ensuring that underserved populations in Iowa have access to the resources they need to succeed in postsecondary education. In pursuit of this, we seek out opportunities to reach these families and work with other organizations that have access to these populations and help fill gaps in outreach and resources.

I Have a Dream Foundation of Des Moines

In partnership with the I Have a Dream Foundation of Des Moines, we have sponsored three financial literacy events for parents of students attending the Dreamer Academy at Findley Elementary in Des Moines. The I Have a Dream Foundation program works to help disadvantaged families begin to imagine the possibilities of college — a dream that can often seem out of reach for students and their families.

The Beginner's Guide to Paying for College events offer free seminars on several topics related to financial literacy and planning and paying for college, as well as a free meal and free child care for parents. Parents who attend also receive a $30 college savings plan deposit for each of their students who are enrolled at Findley.

UI REACH

The University of Iowa REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) Program is a two-year transitional certificate program for students with multiple intellectual, cognitive and learning disabilities. Students are empowered to learn the social and life skills, including money management and financial planning, necessary to become independent, active members of the community.

Iowa Student Loan provided $10,000 to fund a scholarship, first awarded in the spring of 2017, to one or more Iowa students who would benefit from the UI REACH program but would otherwise not be able to attend due to unmet financial need.

ISU 4U Promise

As a member of the ISU 4U Promise Community Alliance, which helps community organizations, agencies and businesses participate in programming, Iowa Student Loan works with Iowa State University to maintain a college-going pathway for youth attending King and Moulton elementary schools in Des Moines.

Kirkwood Community College Focused Skill Training Program

Iowa Student Loan provided funding to the Kirkwood Focused Skill Training (FST) program to support students with autism spectrum disorder who are pursuing two-year degrees and certificates. FST staff work with students to create an individualized plan that incorporates Kirkwood resources, community partnerships and research-based interventions. Iowa Student Loan has helped fund acquisition of software and other program costs enhancing services for FST students.

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