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Scholarships & Award Programs

Within the past year more than $127,000 in scholarships and awards were provided to Iowa students, parents or guardians, and high schools.

Iowa Student Loan Total Awards

Iowa Student Loan awarded $325,750 to 220 Iowa high school students
Iowa Student Loan awarded $220,000 to 180 Iowa parents and guardians
Iowa Student Loan awarded $170,250 to 138 Iowa high schools

One hundred eighty parents or guardians of Iowa students in sixth through 12th grades have received more than $200,000 worth of deposits into College Savings Iowa 529 accounts since the program began in 2014. To enter a random drawing for one of the $1,000 prizes, parents and guardians experience the Parent Handbook to learn tips for preparing for postsecondary education.

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Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship

Since its inception in 2014, more than 21,000 Iowa high school seniors have registered for this scholarship program, which currently awards $2,000 in college scholarships to each of 30 recipients, plus an additional $250 to each recipient’s high school to be used for scholarship and financial literacy programs.

Registered students experience Student Loan Game Plan and ROCI Reality Check to learn how student loan debt and choice of major affect their financial future and to learn strategies to reduce debt and increase financial know-how. Scholarships are awarded to students who score highest on an assessment related to these tools.

See recent recipients.

Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship Recipient group photo

More than 4,600 Iowa high school seniors registered for the 2018–2019 program, representing all counties of Iowa. The 30 recipients were recognized by Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and Iowa Student Loan board members and executives in a special ceremony in April 2019.

College Funding Forecaster Giveaway

Since 2017, this program has awarded nearly $20,000 in awards for educational expenses to Iowa high school students chosen through random drawings. More than 2,000 Iowa high school students, parents and guardians have entered after using the College Funding Forecaster tool to estimate total college cost over four years.

See recent winners.

Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship

The Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship awards $1,000 college scholarships to five high school seniors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin who intend to attend college in Iowa. In 2019, nearly 1,000 students registered for the random drawing.