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Scholarships and Programs

To increase awareness and use of the online tools among their intended audiences and further our mission, we offer several award programs. Although participants may first open a tool to try to earn a scholarship or other award, many find that they gain pertinent information that provides even better financial returns.

Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway

In its fourth year, the 2017 Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway was expanded to parents and guardians of students in grades six through 12. In addition, the required component was changed to the new Parent Handbook module to provide more appropriate information to the expanded audience.

The 2017 program ran Sept. 5 through Oct. 23.

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship

More than 3,500 Iowa high school seniors registered for the 2016–2017 Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship, which awards $2,000 scholarships to each of 30 recipients. To qualify, students must complete Student Loan Game Plan, ROCI Reality Check and a related assessment. Each recipient's high school also receives a corresponding award of $500. The 2016–2017 recipients were recognized by then-Gov. Terry Branstad and by Iowa Student Loan board members and executives during an award ceremony in April 2017.

Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship

The Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship awards college scholarships to high school seniors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin intending to attend college in Iowa the following fall. In 2017, nearly 650 students entered, and five recipients each received a $1,000 scholarship for completing Student Loan Game Plan and ROCI Reality Check and achieving one of the top scores on a related assessment.

The 2018 program, which will be open Feb. 5–May 31, 2018, will be based on a random drawing.

College Funding Forecaster Giveaway

Two Iowa high school seniors each received a $1,500 college scholarship and 20 additional students received a $250 award for educational expenses during a new award program that ran March 13–June 9, 2017. To qualify, Iowa high school students and their parents or guardians entered random drawings after completing College Funding Forecaster to estimate total college cost over four years.

The 2018 Giveaway will run March 5 to May 11, 2018.

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