Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship

The Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship is an excellent funding opportunity that may pay a portion or even all of your tuition at NICC. This Future Ready Iowa scholarship is a state-funded grant program for students who earn a diploma or an associate's degree to work in one of Iowa's high-demand careers. NICC has awarded over $2.5 million dollars over the last 5 semesters to NICC students who qualified for this opportunity.

2021-22 Eligibility Criteria

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on or prior to August 1, 2021 (deadline subject to change per Iowa College Aid)
  • Resident of Iowa
  • 2020 or 2021 Iowa High School graduate, enrolling in an eligible program full-time (12 credits or more) fall or spring semesters and at least half time (6 credits or more) summer semester
  • Adult age 20 by July 1, 2021, enrolling in an eligible program at least part-time (6 credits or more)
  • Once eligibility is confirmed and registered for classes, students are notified via email that a Last-Dollar Scholarship award is on their account

View eligibility criteria on the Iowa College Aid site.

2021-22 Eligible NICC Programs

Eligible programs are subject to change without notice based on the Iowa Legislature.

Students who receive a Last-Dollar Scholarship are eligible to participate in the Future Ready Iowa Texting Program, which allows students to send messages to Future Ready Iowa Representatives for support and receive important reminders such as upcoming FAFSA deadlines.

In addition, the Future Ready Iowa Mentoring Program pairs students with a career mentor with experience in the field of interest, allowing students to enhance their career network and receive timely advice and support as they continue their education.