The new Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship, signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on June 1, 2019 was available to qualified students at Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) for the 2019–20 academic year. The state of Iowa made a total of 13 million dollars available to community college students from across Iowa for qualified programs of study. The Future Ready Iowa goal is that 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce (ages 25–64) have education and training beyond high school by 2025.
The Last-Dollar Scholarship is intended to cover tuition for students in programs that lead to high-demand jobs in Iowa. If other state and federal programs do not cover the entire cost of tuition for a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or associate degree, the Last-Dollar Scholarship will fill the gap. Education and training beyond high school is the new minimum in today’s technology-driven, knowledge economy. By 2025, 68 percent of Iowa jobs are expected to require postsecondary education.
Alethea Stubbe, NCC President, commented, “There is nothing more satisfying than empowering students to reach their goals through QUALITY, ACCESSIBLE, and AFFORDABLE programs. This is a unique two-step approach the State of Iowa has developed. It will aid students in achieving their educational goals by helping to alleviate the ever-increasing burden of student debt.”
To be eligible, new high school graduates must enroll as a full-time student. Adult learners may enroll full-time or part-time. All students must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), attend orientation, meet with an advisor, remain continuously enrolled, and make satisfactory academic progress. Students can receive the Last-Dollar Scholarship for up to five full-time semesters or eight part-time semesters. Qualified students will need to reapply each year.
The number of anticipated scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year (Fall 2019, Spring 2020 & Summer 2020): 257 students – $846,911.
NCC Qualifying programs:
- Advanced Welding Technology
- Associate Degree Nursing
- Associate Degree Nursing—Hybrid
- Automotive & Light Duty Diesel Technology
- Clerical Accounting
- Design Technology
- Diesel Technology
- Electrical Technology
- Engineering Design
- Health Information Technology—Online
- Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance
- Industrial & Commercial Wiring
- Industrial Instrumentation & Control
- Information Technology Specialist
- Medical Coding—Online
- Powerline Technology
- Practical Nursing
- Practical Nursing—Extended
- Production Welding
- Radiologic Technology
- Web & Graphic Design
For questions, contact NCC’s Financial Aid Office at 712-324-5061 or email@example.com. At NCC – Your Success is Our Story!