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Grants and Scholarships

The Last-Dollar Scholarship was created in 2018 as part of the Future Ready Iowa Act. It is designed to pay the cost of tuition up to an associate’s degree for training in high-demand occupations at any community college. 

The scholarship functions, as the name implies, to provide the “last dollar” necessary to close any gap between the cost of postsecondary education and the financial resources available to eligible Iowans pursuing high-demand careers. In this way, the program eases the path for Iowans seeking to enhance their job skills while also expanding the number of qualified workers in areas where skilled workers are most needed. Once applicants have exhausted any applicable state and federal grants/scholarships, LDS covers remaining tuition and qualified fees for any eligible student seeking to obtain a postsecondary certificate or diploma in one of the designated “high-demand” career fields. 

A total of 9,895 Iowans received a total of $29,177,867 in scholarships in FY2023, with an average award of $2,949. 

Important date: Current Deadline

July 15, 2024: FAFSA deadline for 2024-25 School Year

Eligibility and Instructions for Last-Dollar Scholarship

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List of Eligible Programs in Iowa

Last-Dollar Scholarship

Eligible programs for Last-Dollar Scholarship (LDS) are based on job demand and may change from year to year. Visit the following link to learn about all LDS-eligible programs in Iowa.