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 associates degree to work in one of Iowa's high-demand careers. NICC has awarded more than $4 million dollars over the last 3 years to 1150 NICC students who qualified for this opportunity. Check out NICC's 32 eligible programs below.

2022-23 Eligibility Criteria

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on or before July 1, 2022 (deadline subject to change per Iowa College Aid)
  • Resident of Iowa
  • Group 1 - 2020, 2021 or 2022 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. *An amendment to the Iowa law is currently pending in the 2022 Iowa Legislative session that may adjust the minimum credit criteria
  • Group 2 - Adult age 20 by July 1, 2022, enrolling in an eligible program at least part-time (6 credits or more)
  • NICC students are notified via college email that a Last-Dollar Scholarship award is available to them once eligibility is confirmed and registration for classes is completed with an NICC Enrollment Advisor.

View eligibility criteria on the Iowa College Aid site.

2022-23 NICC Eligible Programs

Fall 2022, spring 2023 and summer 2023 semesters - Eligible programs are subject to change 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.