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Scholarships & Award Programs

Within the past year more than $135,000 in scholarships and awards were provided to Iowa students, parents or guardians, and high schools.

Iowa Student Loan Total Awards

Since Jan. 1, 2012

Iowa Student Loan awarded $325,750 to 220 Iowa high school students
Iowa Student Loan awarded $278,000 to 264 Iowa parents and guardians
Iowa Student Loan awarded $170,250 to 138 Iowa high schools

Two hundred thirty parents or guardians of Iowa students in sixth through 12th grades have received more than $250,000 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 25,000 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 $100 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.

Nearly 4,000 Iowa high school seniors registered for the 2019–2020 program, representing all counties of Iowa. The 30 recipients were recognized in this video, which replaced the annual award ceremony due to COVID-19 considerations.


College Funding Forecaster Giveaway

From 2017 through 2020, this program awarded nearly $30,000 in awards for educational expenses to Iowa high school students chosen through random drawings. More than 2,700 Iowa high school students, parents and guardians 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 or Wisconsin who intend to attend college in Iowa. In 2020, more than 1,100 students registered for the random drawing.


Every quarter, 40 participants are randomly selected to receive a $250 deposit to their selected student's college savings plan. Participants receive an entry into the drawing after viewing twice-monthly articles and answering two survey questions, giving them multiple entries and chances to win.

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