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Educational Tools

Industry-leading tools, developed exclusively by Iowa Student Loan and available free online to the public, help students learn about the importance of career planning, appropriate borrowing levels and how to achieve life goals.

  • College Funding Forecaster. Incoming college freshmen and their parents can calculate estimated costs for a four-year college career based on the actual financial aid award packet students receive from their college. Estimated amounts are customizable for individual circumstances.
  • It's Worth It. Developed as a curriculum for middle school teachers, It's Worth It: Thinking Smart About Your Money allows students to understand finances and develop sound financial behaviors before they begin to manage their own money and face difficult financial decisions, such as borrowing for college. It's Worth It has been adopted by Des Moines Public Schools and is available to be downloaded for free by teachers across the state.
  • The ROCI Tool and ROCI Reality Check. Using these tools, students discover which college majors are most closely tied to jobs that will help them meet their financial goals and will maximize their return on college investment, or ROCI. The ROCI Tool allows users to explore which jobs and earnings are attained by graduates of specific college major, while ROCI Reality Check adds comprehensive information on preparing for a successful job search and career.
  • Student Loan Game Plan. Introduced in 2010, Student Loan Game PlanSM is a unique interactive tutorial to help borrowers understand the consequences of overborrowing and how to avoid it. Applicants for private student loans offered by Iowa Student Loan experience the tutorial as part of the application process, and free online versions are available for cosigners and parents, high school students and college students.

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