Financial Aid Links

Below you'll find a list of financial aid resources. Click around to learn some of the ins and outs of financial aid, scholarships, borrowing, saving and more.

When completing scholarship applications, remember to fill out as much information as you can in the fields provided. Often the scholarship databases will then return scholarship information tailored to you.

Remember, you should never pay a fee to access scholarship information, and no scholarship application should ask you for your social security number. Rule of thumb: if you're not comfortable sharing certain information about yourself, don't do it.

    "Federal Student Aid's core mission is to ensure that all eligible Americans benefit from federal financial assistance-grants, loans and work-study programs-for education beyond high school."

    "FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools - on or off the web."

    "Fastweb is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. We have scholarships for every type of student from the high school freshmen to the returning adult. We've been around for over 15 years and have earned a reputation as a leading scholarship search provider. We not only find scholarships but offer our members information on financial aid, jobs and internships, student life and more."

    "Registered Users will be matched with Scholarships, Bursaries, and Grants, that fit their profile. To access their Free Scholarship Database, simply create your own profile."

    "Every year thousands of Iowa students and families benefit from the services of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. The Commission is a state agency that advocates for Iowa students and administers scholarship, grant, loan and related programs to help students finance education expenses at colleges and universities of their choice. Commission services include administration of student financing, information services, research, and program evaluation."

    "Iowa Student Loan is a non-profit organization that provides federal and private student loans with its over 300 partnering lenders. As a non-profit, ISL gives back to students by offering money-saving benefits on student loans. Whether attending school in or outside of Iowa, you can take advantage of ISL's loan programs!"

    "The mission of the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) is to help individuals attain their educational and career goals. ICAN provides free information and support to families as they plan, apply, pay for and succeed in college. ICAN also exists to improve access to and success in post-secondary education for disadvantaged, minority and first-generation students. ICAN does this by: supporting a network of state and local college access programs that provide counseling, advice and financial assistance; sharing best practices among the network; providing leadership and technical assistance; and helping establish new college access programs."

    "If you're looking for a convenient way to help your child, grandchild, other relative, or friend afford college, you've come to the right place. College Savings Iowa makes saving easy by offering you 13 great investment choices, flexible contribution options, and one of the lowest costs of any 529 plan. Save for any child's future while reaping tax advantages for yourself."

    "Have you done farmwork on a seasonal or temporary basis in the past two years? You may qualify for Proteus’ National Farmworker Jobs Program. Proteus is funded through the Department of Labor and provides education assistance and job training for those who qualify. For more information, visit or call and speak with a Case Manager at (319) 248-0180 or 1-(800) 397-9675."

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