Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship

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The State of Iowa established the Last Dollar Scholarship two years ago and hundreds of students have taken advantage of the program. It covers your tuition in more than two dozen career programs.

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These programs were selected because they are considered high demand careers across the state.

The program works simply. You file for financial aid and the state covers the remaining balance beyond the aid for which you are eligible. Even if you receive no federal or state aid, the program will pay your entire tuition. That's right, regardless of your personal income situation, you will pay no tuition costs.

Deadline for Fall 2021 TBD

Eligible Students

One of the many great things about the program is that it's available to both new high school graduates and adult learners (age 20 and older). New high school graduates will be expected to enroll full time in the fall immediately following high school graduation. Adult students can enroll either full or part-time.


One requirement of the program is that you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA. This will determine any federal student aid for which you might qualify.

Future Ready Iowa

The Last Dollar Scholarship is all part of the state’s Future Ready Iowa program. The program is a workforce initiative connecting Iowans to the training and education required for good-paying jobs and careers that improve people’s lives.

The goal of the Last Dollar Scholarship is to increase the number of Iowans with education and training up to a two-year degree in occupations that are in high demand throughout Iowa. The effort is geared toward getting more Iowans into great jobs, meeting the needs of Iowa employers and growing Iowa’s economy.

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Watch our virtual information session all about the Last-Dollar Scholarship program.