Federal Grants

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

The TEACH Grant provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a high-need field and in a low-income school.

There is no separate application to apply for the TEACH Grant; you just need to submit your FAFSA, be in a qualifying major or minor, and meet academic requirements (ACT/SAT or GPA).

NOTE: If you are a graduate student eligible for the TEACH Grant, you must self-identify to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships your first year.

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Federal Pell Grant

You must be an undergraduate student pursuing your first bachelor's degree to be eligible for the Pell Grant.

Pell Grant eligibility is determined by the FAFSA. The U.S. Department of Education uses a formula established by law to calculate a student's financial eligibility, known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your Student Aid Report (SAR) lists your EFC in the upper right portion of page 1. Amounts are prorated for students enrolled less than full time.

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Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

​Federal need-based grant for students with an EFC between 0-1000. The maximum award is $1,000; funds are limited.

Note: You can't receive both the Tuition Assistance Grant and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant; you can only receive one or the other.

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State Grants

IMAGES/Multicultural Grant

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an Iowa resident
  • Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Priority is given to student participants in College Bound activities
  • Requires ethnic or racial status of African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/Spanish, Alaskan Native or American Indian, Asian Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Must have demonstrated financial need, as determined on the FAFSA

Awards range up to $2000.

All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship

The All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship is available for one year only. Recipients must demonstrate financial need as determined on the FAFSA with a High School GPA of 2.5 or above. Students must complete an online application through the Iowa College Aid Commission.

State of Iowa Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Grants

Tuition Assistance Grant

​To qualify, you must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined on the FAFSA of 8,000 or less. You can receive the Tuition Assistance Grant at less than full-time enrollment and the amount will be prorated based on your enrollment status. The grant is renewable if you complete your FAFSA each year and your EFC is still 8,000 or less. This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so complete your FAFSA as soon as possible each year. Summer availability and awarding parameters are based on availability of funds. Can't be awarded with the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (you can only receive one or the other).

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Tuition Guarantee Programs

Tuition Guarantee Program for Iowans

​This program provides a 4 year commitment of full tuition and fees provided through a combination of federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarships. The applicant must be an Iowa resident, newly graduated from an Iowa high school, and must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined on the FAFSA of 1000 or less their first year. Students must be Pell Grant eligible as determined by the FAFSA for the remaining 3 years of the program to qualify. Students must be full-time (12 credits or more) each semester.

Tuition Guarantee Program for Multicultural Iowans

​This program provides a 4 year commitment of full tuition and fees provided through a combination of federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarships. The applicant must be an Iowa resident, newly graduated from an Iowa high school, and must be Pell Grant eligible as determined by the FAFSA. Students must also have an ethnic or racial status of African American/Black, Hispanic/Latina/Spanish, Alaskan Native or American Indian, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. To maintain eligibility, students must continue to be Pell Grant eligible and must be enrolled full-time (12 credits or more) each semester.

Tuition Guarantee Program for Multicultural Community College Iowans

​This program provides two year commitment of full tuition and fees provided through a combination of federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarships. The applicant must be an Iowa resident, must be Pell Grant eligible as determined by the FAFSA throughout two years for continued eligibility, must have 24 transferable hours from an Iowa Community College, and requires ethnic or racial status of African American/Black, Hispanic/Latina/Spanish, Alaskan Native or American Indian, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. Students must be full-time (12 credits or more) each semester.

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