Iowa Tuition Grant

The Iowa Tuition Grant is available for Iowa residents who file the FAFSA on or before July 1 and have an estimated family contribution of $13,500 or less. The maximum individual grant award is $5,650 for the 2016-2017 academic year.  There is no additional application beyond the FAFSA that is required to be considered for the Iowa Tuition Grant.  You must file the FAFSA by July 1 and meet the other criteria to be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant each year.

In the event that available state funds are insufficient to pay the full amount of each approved grant, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission has the authority to administratively reduce the award. State awards may include Federal LEAP/GAP funds.

In order to apply for the six state undergraduate financial aid programs that the state offers, you need to complete a common financial aid application that combines each of the programs. The Iowa Financial Aid Application allows Iowa students to complete one application for state aid but also will ensure that students apply for each state program that they may be eligible to receive during the 2017-18 academic year.  This application does not replace the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students will also need to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA to apply for other need-based state and federal financial aid.

Other Iowa financial aid programs

Please complete the State Common Application to be considered for the following state programs.  For more information on these scholarships, please visit the state of Iowa portal:

  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship,
  • All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship,
  • All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant
  • Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship,
  • Education Training Voucher Program, and
  • Iowa National Guard Education Assistance Program (NGEAP).

Please apply online through the state-wide community center web portal,  After creating an account, a financial aid wizard will walk applicants through the Iowa Financial Aid application process.  The web portal allows applicants to save and return to the application, view their application for future reference, as well as provide applicants with access to all of the career and college planning and other tools available in the portal.