State of Iowa Awards

Attend the Iowa college of your choice

The State of Iowa hosts a number of programs designed to help residents of Iowa to attend the college of their choice.

Please note that state grant funds will not be replaced by Morningside College if you are considered ineligible by the state due to incomplete paperwork, late filing, insufficient funding, or loss of need-based funding due to changes in your FAFSA information.

Awards given by the state of Iowa

Iowa Tuition Grant (ITG)

Am I Eligible?

This program provides aid based on significant financial need to qualified, undergraduate Iowa residents who are enrolled at least one-quarter time (3 credit hours) at a private institution in Iowa.

A student may receive the Iowa Tuition Grant for no more than eight full-time semesters.

How Do I Apply?

Application is made by completing the FAFSA by July 1st and having an EFC at or below $13,500.

Awards vary up to $5,650 per academic year for full-time undergraduate study (12 or more credit hours). The ITG is pro-rated to students who are attending less than full-time.

The ITG award will not be finalized until it is confirmed that you meet Iowa residency requirements. This is determined by Iowa’s General Assembly using information from the FAFSA.  In the event that available state funds are insufficient to pay the full amount of each approved grant, the ICSAC has the authority to administratively reduce the award.

Iowa National Guard

Am I Eligible?

This grant provides annual awards to Iowa National Guard members who attend eligible Iowa colleges and universities. The Iowa Adjutant General determines eligibility.

How Much Can I Receive?

Maximum individual awards cannot exceed the resident tuition rate at Iowa Regent Universities. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the maximum award was set to 100% of the average tuition rate for full-time students at Iowa Regent Universities, an annual amount of $7,466.

All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship

What is the All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship?

The All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship (AIOS) is a state-funded program for Iowa students who attend an eligible Iowa college/university.

Am I Eligible?

Generally, high school seniors who graduated in 2017 or will graduate with the class of 2018 are eligible for the All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship if they meet the following criteria:

  • Iowa resident
  • Attending an eligible Iowa college or university
  • Must have graduated from an eligible Iowa high school or completed a high school equivalency diploma within the last two years
  • Be a first-time college freshman in the fall 2018 or spring 2019 semesters (unless you are renewing your scholarship award)
  • Must be continuously enrolled in college and continuously receiving a scholarship disbursement to renew a scholarship
  • Enroll for at least three semester hours (or the trimester or quarter equivalent) in a program leading to an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Iowa Financial Aid Application by March 1
  • Have an eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the 2018-19 FAFSA. (The 2018-19 eligible EFC won't be determined until Spring 2018. For reference, the 2017-18 EFC was $0-$8,766)

Priority for Award

  • Students who age out of Iowa's foster care system, age out of the State Training School and students adopted from Iowa's foster care system after age 16
  • Students who participated in certain federal TRIO programs
  • Students who graduated from alternative high schools or alternative high school programs
  • Students who participated in a Federal GEAR UP Grant program in Iowa

How Do I Apply?

You can apply online. The 2018-2019 academic year Iowa Financial Aid Application will be available January 1, 2018, and the priority deadline is March 1.

How Much Can I Receive?

For the academic year 2017-2018, the maximum award is $4,383.

In the event that available state funds are insufficient to pay the full amount of each approved grant, the ICSAC has the authority to administratively reduce the award.

Where Can I Learn More?

For more information, please call 1-877-272-4456.

Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program

Am I Eligible?

These programs provide aid based on financial need. Students who age out of foster care or were adopted from foster care after their 16th birthday may be eligible to receive assistance to help cover the costs of a college education or job training.

How Do I Apply?

You can apply online after you complete the FAFSA. The priority deadline is March 1.

How Much Can I Receive?

The ETV program provides grants of up to $5,000 per year.

Where Can I Learn More?

For more information, please call 1-877-272-4456.