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Programs for High School Students

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Senior Scholarship

Thirty $2,000 Scholarships

Open Oct. 19, 2020–Feb. 26, 2021

For Iowa high school seniors who score highest on an assessment.

Come 2 Iowa

Five $1,000 Awards

Opens January 2021

A drawing for high school seniors from states surrounding Iowa.


Programs for Parents

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Save Now, Save Later

Thirty $1,000 Awards

Open Sept. 8–Oct. 30, 2020

Drawing for deposits into College Savings Accounts for parents or guardians of Iowa middle and high school students who use the Parent Handbook.

The financial guidance Iowa Student Loan provides for students is crucial to success in college and beyond. Thank you so much for all you do.

Joe F., Huxley, Iowa
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Programs at a Glance
Program Who's Eligible? Awards Registration Dates
Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway Parents and guardians of Iowa students in sixth–12th grades Thirty $1,000 529 deposits Sept. 8–Oct. 30, 2020
Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship Iowa high school seniors Thirty $2,000 scholarships Oct. 19, 2020–Feb. 26, 2021
Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship High school seniors in IL, MN, MO, NE, SD or WI Five $1,000 awards Spring 2020

Fast Facts and Tips

Understanding the Role of College Scholarships

College scholarships are only one type of financial aid used in paying for college. High school seniors who are planning to go to college should understand the differences between all the types of aid available. Continue reading article.

Earning College Scholarships

College scholarships are a great way to help pay for college, because the funds generally do not need to be repaid. Use these tips to help you find, apply for and write essays for college scholarships. Continue reading article.

Applying for College Scholarships

High school seniors can improve their chances of landing college scholarships by following these tips through the year. Continue reading article.

Making the Most of Your Senior Year

Scholarships are a big part of the college planning and financing process. And then there's all the other stuff too. Use these tips to make the most of your senior year and keep your focus on happiness now and later. Continue reading article.

Understanding How Scholarships Affect Financial Aid

Scholarships from community organizations, employers and other sources outside college are a great way to make up the difference between total cost of attendance and the amount from savings, earnings and financial aid. Understand how these outside scholarships might impact your financial aid award package. Continue reading article.

Managing College Scholarship Applications

Senior year is busy and applications for college scholarships, all with different requirements and deadlines, can be difficult to stay on top of. Follow these tips to manage your college scholarship applications. Continue reading article.