Des Moines, IA, January 2, 2013 – The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) announced today the release of the 2013-2014 Iowa Financial Aid Application. The application, which can be accessed through the state-designated career information system, www.IHaveAPlanIowa.gov, allows students to apply for five state-administered financial aid programs through one application process. Collectively, these programs provided almost $8 million in funding for students during the 2011-12 academic year.
“Prior to the Iowa Financial Aid Application, Iowa students had to complete separate applications for each program,” said Karen Misjak, executive director of Iowa College Aid. “The Iowa Financial Aid Application establishes a centralized location where students can apply for multiple programs, and uses an eligibility screening process to ensure students apply for every state aid program they’re eligible to receive,” Misjak explained. “The intuitive nature of the online application helps determine a student’s eligibility for many of the state aid programs and provides him or her with the flexibility to save, view, and submit an application at any time.”
The Iowa Financial Aid Application serves as the application for the following programs:
· All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship
· All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant
· Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship
· Education and Training Voucher Program, and
· Iowa National Guard Education Assistance Program (NGEAP)
The Iowa Financial Aid Application does not replace the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a standardized federal form used to determine eligibility for federal, state, and in some cases, institutional financial aid. It must be completed in addition to the Iowa Financial Aid Application and it serves as the primary application for need-based state programs such as the Iowa Grant, Iowa Tuition Grant, Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant, Barber and Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Tuition Grant, and the Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition (Kibbie) Grant. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.gov. Students who complete their FAFSAs online will have the opportunity to link directly from their FAFSA confirmation page to the Iowa Financial Aid Application. In doing so, students can pre-populate many of the demographic fields on the state application – eliminating the need to reenter duplicate information.
Deadlines play a critical role and often determine the amount of financial assistance available to help students pay for college. Students are encouraged to apply early to meet the priority deadlines associated with different programs. The Iowa Financial Aid Application indicates the priority application deadlines for each of the five programs included in the application.
Students and families who have questions about applying for financial aid or are interested in learning more about the free resources available through I Have A Plan Iowa® can contact Iowa College Aid at 877-272-4456. More information about financial aid and products and services that help Iowa families plan, prepare and pay for college is also available on Iowa College Aid’s website at www.IowaCollegeAid.gov