FAFSA Ready Iowa

Free FAFSA Assistance Available at FAFSA Ready Iowa

Help for College-Bound Students in 43 Locations October through March

College-bound students can receive free help preparing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at more than 60 events across the state from October 2017 through March 2018. Volunteers will help students and families fill out FAFSAs as part of FAFSA Ready Iowa.

The FAFSA Ready Iowa Initiative aims to have 70% FAFSA completion by 2025 enabling Iowa students to unlock millions of dollars in grants and scholarships while pursuing post high school education and training. As part of the initiative, FAFSA Ready Iowa events are provided in communities across Iowa through a network of partners and host sites. The FAFSA is a free form that may be completed without professional assistance via paper or electronic forms provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

You can help promote the mission of FAFSA Ready Iowa by referring high school seniors and new and returning college students, helping transport students and families, and volunteering your time. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.icansucceed.org/fafsareadyia or contact FAFSA@icansucceed.org or 319-423-7708.

About FAFSA Ready Iowa

The FAFSA Ready Iowa Initiative aims to have 70% FAFSA completion by 2025 enabling Iowa students to unlock millions of dollars in grants and scholarships while pursuing post high school education and training. As part of the initiative, FAFSA Ready Iowa events are provided in communities across Iowa through a network of partners and host sites. In 2016-17, more than 60 events were held in 43 locations assisting with the completion of 4,365 FAFSA forms. For more information visit www.icansucceed.org/fafsareadyia.

ISCA Statement of Support

The Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) is pleased to support the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) and the FAFSA Ready Iowa Initiative, an impactful school and community-based approach to increasing the number of Iowa students completing the FAFSA application.

As the professional organization representing school counselors, including high school counselors, in Iowa, ISCA knows that FAFSA completion is a key component to helping students become successful in post-secondary education and training programs. Looking to the future, we know that more than 70% of jobs in growing and emerging industries will require some form of post-secondary education and training.  In fact, just this past year, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds announced the creation of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, setting a goal of 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025.  As educators, we are tasked with preparing students for life after high school and ensuring they are college and career ready, and school counselors are an integral part of that task.  Because data shows that students who complete FAFSA are much more likely to apply for and receive aid and attend college, ISCA is committed to supporting innovative approaches to ensure that more high school students complete this important step.

In 2015, Iowa had a statewide FAFSA completion rate of 63 percent. Clearly, if Iowa is to achieve our goal of 70% these numbers need to improve. ICAN has a proven track record of programs and services that benefit and prepare students and parents for both college and career, including the financial aid process. Because of its success in reaching and assisting thousands of students statewide in completing FAFSA forms, we are confident that ICAN has assembled a team and an approach which will attain its goals for consistently reaching 70 percent FAFSA completion by the year 2025.

ISCA endorses the FAFSA Ready Iowa Initiative and encourages others to support this initiative so that Iowa students are able to achieve their post-high school dreams and Iowa’s economy is able to grow and offer opportunity for all.

Iowa School Counselors Association (ISCA)

2017 Locations

For updated information on the 2017 event, please visit www.icansucceed.org/fafsareadyiaevents.

  • Ames ( Iowa State University )
  • Ankeny (Iowa College Access Network/DMACC Main Campus)
  • Calmar (Northeast Iowa Community College)
  • Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls High School – presented by University of Northern Iowa)
  • Cedar Rapids (Iowa College Access Network)
  • Centerville (Indian Hills Community College)
  • Clarinda (Iowa Western Community College)
  • Clinton (Clinton Community College)
  • Coralville (Iowa College Access Network)
  • Council Bluffs (Iowa College Access Network)
  • Council Bluffs (Iowa Western Community College)
  • Creston (Southwestern Community College)
  • Davenport (Iowa College Access Network)
  • Davenport (Scott Community College)
  • Davenport (St. Ambrose University)
  • Davenport (West Davenport Center)
  • Denison (Western Iowa Technical College)
  • Des Moines (DMACC Urban Campus)
  • Des Moines (DMACC Southridge Campus)
  • Des Moines (Des Moines Central Library)
  • Des Moines (Forest Avenue Library)
  • Des Moines (Grand View University)
  • Des Moines (East High School)
  • Dubuque (University of Dubuque)
  • Emmetsburg (Iowa Lakes Community College)
  • Fort Dodge (Iowa Central Community College)
  • Grinnell (Grinnell Community Senior High School)
  • Iowa Falls (Ellsworth Community College)
  • Keokuk (Southeastern Community College)
  • Lamoni (Graceland University)
  • Marshalltown (Marshalltown Community College)
  • Mason City (Mason City High School)
  • Muscatine (Muscatine Community College)
  • Ottumwa (Indian Hills Community College)
  • Peosta (Northeast Iowa Community College)
  • Perry (Perry High School)
  • Sheldon (Northwest Iowa Community College)
  • Sioux City (Iowa College Access Network)
  • Sioux City (Morningside College)
  • Sioux City (Western Iowa Technical College)
  • Spirit Lake (Spirit Lake High School)
  • Waterloo (Iowa College Access Network)
  • West Burlington (Southeastern Community College)


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