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The Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship is a state program that helps Iowa residents earn certificates, diplomas, or associate degrees in one of Iowa’s high-demand career fields. The Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship will cover any tuition and fees that aren’t covered by federal and state grants/scholarships, ex: Pell Grants, SEOG, Kibbie, etc. If you aren’t eligible for federal or state grants, you could still qualify for the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship. Either way, your tuition is completely paid for!

The scholarship program begins Fall 2019. The programs listed below will be finalized in July 2019 and are subject to change. Moving forward the programs will be decided on an annual basis based on high demand jobs in Iowa.

Here's How to Qualify:

1. Must be an Iowa Resident.

2. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by July 1st. The FAFSA will determine what other federal and state grants you are eligible for. The  Even if you don’t qualify for grants, you may still qualify for the scholarship. After you complete the FAFSA, you may need to complete additional paperwork in order to receive financial aid. Iowa Western will let you know if you need to complete anything else. For more information about the FAFSA, including getting help to complete it, click here

3. Choose one of the high-demand programs below. Programs with an * have prerequisites. Prerequisites must be completed and you must be accepted into the program in order to receive the scholarship. Click on the links below for program information. 

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Electrical Technology Certificate
Automotive Technology Electrical Technology Diploma
Aviation Maintenance Tech: Airframe Certificate Electronic Engineering Technology
Aviation Maintenance Tech: Powerplant Certificate Electronic Technology Diploma
Aviation Maintenance Technology HVAC/R Maintenance Certificate
CAD Certificate HVAC/R Technology Diploma
CAD Diploma Industrial Technology Certificate
CNC Machining  
Computers: Application and Web Programming Laser Systems Diploma
Computers: Desktop Support Certificate Laser Systems Technician
Computers: Network and System Administration Medical Assistant
Computers: Programming Certificate Medical/Clinical Assistant Certificate
Computers: System Administration Certificate Nursing: Advanced Nursing Assistant Certificate
Construction Technology: Carpentry Certificate Nursing: Associate Degree Nursing*
Construction Technology: Residential Nursing: Practical Nursing*
Dental Assistant* Physical Therapist Assistant*
Dental Hygiene* Surgical Technology*
Design Technology Sustainable Energy Technology
Diesel Mechanics Sustainable Energy Technology Certificate
Diesel Technology Welding Certificate
Do You Qualify? Here are the Next Steps:

1.  Apply to Iowa Western. Be sure to select one of the programs above.

2.   Meet with an advisor to register and make your graduation plan.

  • Click here to schedule a time to register for classes
  • Find your group below to see how many credits you need to be registered in:
Group 1: Group 2:
Iowa High School Graduate Adult Learners (age 20 or older)
New high school graduates who register for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. Adults who will turn 20 before July 1 the summer before registering.
MUST register full-time (12 credit hours). Register full-time or part-time.
Cannot drop below full-time. Cannont drop below half-time (6 credit hours). 
Award available up to 5 full-time semesters. Award available up to 8 part-time semesters or the full-time equivalent.

  3.   Meet Ongoing Requirements while in the Program

  • Remain an Iowa resident
  • Attend an orientation
  • Meet with an advisor to register for classes
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Remain continuously registered in the required credits per semester.
    • (Summers are not required. Stay full or part-time, depending on your group requirements above).

Details at 

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