Last-Dollar Scholarship Available to SCC Students


Students entering select SCC programs in this fall may be eligible for scholarships thanks to a new program through the State of Iowa's Future Ready Iowa initiative.

The new Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship is designed to offset tuition not already covered by scholarships or federal and state grants for select 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: Network Administration & Cyber Security, Computer Aided Design Technology, Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technology, Welding Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Emergency Medical Services, Respiratory Care, Associate Degree in Nursing, and Licensed Practical Nursing.
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. "You just have to fill out the FAFSA to get the process started."

To be eligible, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by midnight on 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 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.

"This is an outstanding plan to help students achieve their goals," Dean of Career and Technical Education Don Weiss states. "With Last-Dollar Scholarship covering that financial gap, the state is almost entirely removing the cost barrier. Grads will have job opportunities in in-demand careers, employers will get qualified applicants, and our state will be able to keep skilled workers."

The scholarship is renewable. Qualified students will need to reapply each year.
Eligible programs are listed at

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

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