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Last-Dollar Scholarships available for local college students

Students enrolled in qualified programs at Marshalltown Community College, Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, and Iowa Valley Grinnell are now eligible to apply for the new Last-Dollar Scholarship program. Part of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Future Ready Iowa Act, the new scholarships will help pay tuition for up to two years of college education leading to high-demand jobs.

For the 2019-20 academic year, the qualifying programs for Last-Dollar Scholarships are:

  • Marshalltown Community College – Associate Degree Nursing, Business Administration, Computer Networking Management & Technology, Dental Assisting, Electro-Mechanical Systems Technologist, Machine Tool Technology (one-year and two-year programs), Medical Assisting, Natural Gas Technician, Powerline Technician, Practical Nursing, and Welding.
  • Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls) – Associate Degree Nursing, Business Administration, Equine Management, Equine Science, Medical Assisting, Mobile Service Technician, Practical Nursing and Precision Agriculture.
  • Iowa Valley Grinnell – Automotive Repair Technology (one-year and two-year programs), Business Administration and Gunsmith Technology.

Applicants for Last-Dollar Scholarships must be new high school graduates starting college full-time or adult learners (age 20 and older) starting college at least part-time. They must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and applied for all other available aid and plan to earn a credential (certificate, diploma or degree) in one of the programs listed above. As the name implies, the Last-Dollar Scholarships are intended to cover any remaining gap between federal and state grants/ scholarships and tuition and qualified fees. Additional scholarship requirements and application forms are on the Iowa College Aid Commission website at https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/lastdollar.

“Future Ready Iowa is a powerful tool for growing family incomes, meeting employers’ needs, and strengthening our communities,” says Gov. Reynolds. “The Future Ready Iowa Act will ensure Iowans have the skills they need to succeed in a world driven by technological disruption – both now and in the future.”

“With historically low unemployment, investing in job training, apprenticeships, and cutting-edge careers is the next step for improving the lives of Iowans,” said Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development. “This initiative connects Iowans to the skills and education they need to pursue opportunities in good-paying, high-demand jobs.”

The $13 million Last-Dollar Scholarship program will help more Iowans achieve education or training beyond high school leading to high-demand jobs by helping pay tuition for designated programs of study up to two-year degrees. This will create opportunities for good-paying careers that meet employers’ needs for more skilled workers while growing Iowa’s economy. Both new high school graduates and adults already in the workforce or unemployed, and who want to improve their skills, can participate.

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