Iowans Eligible for Tuition-Free Degrees Through SCC

06/21/2021

Iowa residents entering one of nearly 20 programs at SCC could earn a degree without paying for tuition, thanks to the Last-Dollar Scholarship program.

Through the State of Iowa's Future Ready Iowa initiative, the Last-Dollar Scholarship is designed to cover the cost of tuition that is not already paid for by scholarships or federal and state grants. Iowa residents in eligible programs need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify.

The State of Iowa used wage and job outlook criteria to identify qualifying programs at community colleges across the state. The Last-Dollar Scholarship will cover tuition for the following programs at SCC: 

Accounting

Advanced Automation & Robotics Technology

Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology - Management

Biomedical Electronics Online Program

Business Administration

Computer-Aided Design Technology (CAD)

Entrepreneurship

Emergency Medical Services

Industrial Maintenance Technology

IT Management

Medical Assistant

Medical Coding and Billing

Modern Food Production, Agriculture, and the Environment

Network Administration & Cyber Security

Nursing - LPN or ADN

Precision Machining and CNC Technology

Respiratory Care

Welding Technology


Financial Aid Director Jared Reed says this scholarship has truly benefited students since its onset in 2019.

“All you have to do is submit the FAFSA by August 1 if you're studying one of the eligible programs,” he says. “It sounds too good to be true, but it has helped hundreds of students in the state complete their degrees and move on to high-paying jobs.”

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. Those interested in the program must complete their SCC application for admission and the FAFSA by August 1. Both applications must be completed online and can be found at www.scciowa.edu.

To remain eligible, students must also attend orientation, meet with their student success advocate, 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. The Last-Dollar Scholarship takes away a significant financial barrier to prepare Iowans for in-demand careers and presents employers with the skilled workers they're requesting.

“This is an outstanding plan to help students achieve their goals,” Reed adds. “With the Last-Dollar Scholarship covering that financial gap, the state is making it possible for students to achieve their career goals.”

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

Eligible programs are listed at www.scciowa.edu.

Contact SCC's financial aid office with questions at (319) 208-5000.