The new Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship, signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on June 1st, will be available to qualified students at Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) for the 2019-20 academic year.
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.
Alethea Stubbe, NCC President, commented, “There is nothing more satisfying than empowering students to reach their goals through QUALITY, ACCESSIBLE, & AFFORDABLE programs. This is a unique two-step approach the State of Iowa has developed. It will both aid students in achieving their educational goals by helping to alleviate the ever increasing burden of student debt and it will also help our area businesses by providing a larger qualified workforce in high demand career fields.”
To be eligible, new high school graduates must enroll full-time. Adult learners may enroll full- 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.
Find a list of eligible programs at nwicc.edu/future-ready-iowa or IowaCollegeAid.gov/LastDollar. For questions, contact NCC’s Financial Aid Office at 712-324-5061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.