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Need help with Financial Aid? Attend an ICAN Fin. Aid Presentation

ICAN Fall Financial Aid Presentation Schedule
Throughout the month of September, ICAN has scheduled regional presentations to cover the financial aid process and assist students who were unable to attend programs held in the spring.These regional presentations are open to any and all students and parents interested in attending and learning about the financial aid process and the filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.)Presentations are being held at the following locations:September 9

  • Cherokee - Washington High School - 6:45 pm
  • Hiawatha – ICAN Center (1770 Boyson Rd) – 5 pm
September 10
  • Des Moines – DMACC Urban Center – 6 pm
September 11
  • Creston - Southwestern Community College - 6 pm
  • Newton City – DMACC Newton Center – 6 pm
September 16
  • Waterloo - Hawkeye Community College – 6 pm
September 17
  • Inwood - West Lyon High School - 7 pm
  • Iowa Falls - Ellsworth Community College - 6 pm
  • Oskaloosa – William Penn University - 6 pm
September 18
  • Algona - Algona High School - 6:30 pm
  • Denison - Denison High School - 6 pm
  • Sioux City - Western Iowa Tech Community College - 6 pm
  • West Burlington - Southeastern Community College - 5 pm
September 19
  • Dubuque - Dubuque Senior High School - 6 pm
September 23
  • Bettendorf - Pleasant Valley High School - 6:30 pm
  • Orange City - Northwestern College - 7 pm
  • Shenandoah - Shenandoah High School - 6 pm
September 24
  • Coralville - Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa - 6 pm
  • Mason City - Mason City High School - 6 pm
September 25
  • Calmar - Northeast Iowa Community College - 6 pm
  • Clinton - Clinton High School - 6 pm
  • Council Bluffs - Iowa Western Community College - 6 pm
  • Fort Dodge - Iowa Central Community College - 6 pm
  • Muscatine - Muscatine Community College - 6 pm
September 26
  • Washington - Washington Regional Education Center - 6 pm

For specific location and address information visit www.icansucceed.org/regional. 

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Enter to win a $1,000 College Savings Account

Registration Now Open for the Save Now, Save Later Giveaway

Parents of students in sixth through 12th grades have a chance to give their college savings accounts a boost with the Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway.Entering its sixth year, the program gives Iowa parents a chance at one of 50 individual $1,000 deposits into a College Savings Iowa® plan for an eligible child.
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    Saving for college is one of the best ways to help manage costs. Whether it is you or your child doing the saving, every little bit saved helps reduce the amount you or your child may need to borrow, or savings can help cover small, unexpected costs.
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    If they haven't begun already, current middle school students will soon be considering part-time jobs, saving for college and paying for their own expenses. You can help your child set a strong financial foundation with these three budget basics.
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    Saving for your children's college educations can be stressful, but it can also be one of the best things you can do to help ensure they have a solid financial start. Consider college saving plans, or 529 plans, offered by most states.
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    Iowa Financial Aid Application and FAFSA

    On October 1, 2019, students will be able to complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the 2020-2021 Iowa Financial Aid Application. The FAFSA is the standardized form used to determine eligibility for federal, state and in some cases, institutional financial aid. Upon completion of the FASFA, all Iowa residents have the option to link directly to the Iowa Financial Aid Application (IFAA). The IFAA is the State of Iowa's supplemental scholarship/grant application that collects eligibility information for specific state-funded scholarships and grants.

    What this means to you and your students:

    Students who will be going to college anytime during the 2020-21 academic year can be encouraged to complete the FAFSA beginning October 1, 2019.

    The tax questions on the 2020-2021 FAFSA will ask for data from tax year 2018. The IRS retrieval tool makes it easy for students/families to access their tax data from the IRS and transfer the data directly to the FAFSA.

    Students should be aware of the college/university FAFSA deadline, the state of Iowa deadline (July 1) and any other scholarship/grant deadlines to ensure their FASFA is submitted by the earliest deadline. 

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    Financial Aid and FAFSA Information

    College Bowl Sunday - get Free FAFSA help.

    Encourage your students to get free help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) next Monday, February 10.

    Iowa College Goal Sunday will be held in these locations:

    • Cedar Rapids (Kirkwood Community College)
    • Council Bluffs (Iowa Western Community College)
    • Iowa City (KirkwoodCommunity College)
    • Perry (DMACC - Perry Vankirk Career Academy)

    During Iowa College Goal Sunday, volunteers will help families with the FAFSA, the government-required form for many types of financial aid for college. For specific location information including dates and times visit www.IowaCGS.org.

    College Goal Sunday Scholarship
    This year each student who attends an Iowa CGS event AND completes the survey will be entered to win one of four $500 Scholarships. Scholarships can be used at any accredited college or university in the United States.

    Reminder: The priority filing deadline for the following state-administered financial aid programs is March 1, 2013:

    ·All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship (AIOS): FAFSA and Iowa Financial Aid Application deadline is March 1

    ·All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant (FCG): FAFSA and Iowa Financial Aid Application deadline is March 1 for renewals

    ·Education Training Voucher (ETV): FAFSA and Iowa Financial Aid Application deadline is March 1 for renewals

    ·Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship: FAFSA and Iowa Financial Aid Application deadline is March 1

    Upon completion of the FAFSA, all Iowa resident applicants will now have the option to link to the Iowa Financial Aid Application directly from their FAFSA confirmation page. This not only streamlines the federal and state financial aid application process for Iowa applicants but also solidifies access to the Iowa application for individuals who may not be informed of its availability.

    On March 4, 2013, Commission staff will send an email notice to counselors that have All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship and Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship applicants to certify (verifying GPAs, ACT/SAT scores, etc). Links to the online certification systems will also be sent with that notice.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let us know. You can reach our office at 877-272-4456 (option 3) or grants@iowacollegeaid.gov.

    Federal Student AID (FSA) is a great source for understanding the financial aid process. For a plethora of information go to www.studentaid.gov.

    Financial Aid websitesTo apply for your pin before filing the FAFSA online go to www.pin.ed.gov FAFSA website: www.fafsa.gov File your financial aid application as soon as you file your taxes or by the college/university deadline.

    Acronyms you will need to understand when filing your FAFSA or receiving award letters:

    EFC~ Expected Family Contribution. This number represents an index colleges use to determine how much financial aid you will need to attend the college/university of choice. It is always a larger number then you expect, this is not how much you will have to pay for your child to attend college.

    COA~ Cost of Attendance. There are 5 categories colleges and universities add in to determine how much a student will need to live and go to school somewhat comfortably. They are tuition and fees and room and board which the school will bill you for. The other indirect costs you can receive financial aid for are books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Please be knowlegable when accepting student loans to cover cost of living and understand that interest may or may not start accruing before graduation.

    To better understand how much student loan debt your student will be able to afford after college graduation go to www.studentloan.org/gameplan. Borrow wisely.

    SAR~Student Aid Report. You will receive a SAR after filing your FAFSA, this summarizes the information you submitted on the FAFSA.

    Award Letters. You will receive an award letter from each college you have been admitted to and has received your FAFSA application. Please read the award letter carefully and understand you may appeal for a different award letter, sometimes colleges may find more money that is available or was not accepted by other students. Please follow the directions stated in your award letter carefully. If you are having trouble interpreting your award letter, please do not hesitate to give me a call, the financial aid office at the college, or an ICAN representative.

    For more information or virtual presentations explaining the financial aid process, scholarship search, and questions about planning for college go to www.ICANsucceed.org.

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