Tuition-Free Degrees Offered at SCC


Students entering select SCC programs this fall may be eligible for a scholarship that foots the tuition bill, thanks to a program through the State of Iowa's Future Ready Iowa initiative.

The Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship is designed to offset tuition not already covered by scholarships or federal and state grants for eligible career programs offered at community colleges across Iowa.

The State of Iowa used wage and job outlook criteria to identify qualifying programs. Students who are Iowa residents entering the following SCC programs may be eligible for Last-Dollar Scholarships:

Advanced Automation & Robotics Technology
Associate Degree in Nursing
Automotive Technology
Automotive Technology – Management
Business Administration
Computer Aided Design Technology
Emergency Medical Services
Industrial Maintenance Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing
Medical Assistant
Medical Coding and Billing
Modern Food Production, Agriculture, and the Environment
Network Administration & Cyber Security
Welding Technology
Respiratory Care

SCC Enrollment Coordinator Dana Chrisman says this will truly benefit students.

"If you're going into one of these programs, there's a good chance you won't have to pay any tuition," she says. "This makes college more accessible, and our grads will have job opportunities in in-demand careers."

The goal of Future Ready Iowa is to build Iowa's talent pipeline by boosting education beyond a high school diploma so Iowans are ready for careers of the future and employers have the skilled workers they need. The Last-Dollar Scholarship is geared toward specific programs to guide this process along.

Financial Aid Director Stacey Abell says all students in eligible programs are likely to receive some amount, as long as they fill out the FAFSA.

"The Last-Dollar Scholarship removes financial barriers for students," Abell says. "This program began last school year and a total of $454,296 was awarded to our students."

To be eligible, qualified students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by July 1. The scholarship is open to new high school graduates enrolling full-time, or adult learners age 20 and up who enroll full- or part-time. Students must also attend orientation, meet with their advisor, remain continuously enrolled, and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

The scholarship is renewable. Qualified students will need to reapply each year.

Detailed information about the Last Dollar Scholarship is available at

Contact SCC's enrollment office with questions at (319) 208-5010.

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