While the COVID-19 crisis affects individuals and communities across the globe, financial uncertainties loom. Below are important questions and answers to help your students ensure they are ready for their college careers and to be fully prepared when it comes time to head back to school.
Q: WHAT IF I’VE SUBMITTED MY FAFSA, BUT MY FAMILY’S ESTIMATED INCOME IS NOW GOING TO CHANGE?
A: You do not need to edit or submit a new application. Simply contact the financial aid office of the school you plan to attend and let them know about your personal situation. They can answer your questions and help you or your student identify the financial aid and resources available to them. See below for contact information for each of our member school’s financial aid departments.
Phone Directory – Financial Aid Offices
Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
|Briar Cliff University||Sioux City||712-279-5477|
|Buena Vista University||Storm Lake||800-383-2821|
|Coe College||Cedar Rapids||319-399-8540|
|Cornell College||Mount Vernon||319-895-4216|
|Dordt University||Sioux Center||712-722-6082|
|Drake University||Des Moines||515-271-2905|
|Grand View University||Des Moines||515-263-2853|
|Iowa Wesleyan University||Mount Pleasant||319-385-6241|
|Mercy College of Health Sciences||Des Moines||515-643-6715|
|Morningside College||Sioux City||712-274-5272|
|Mount Mercy University||Cedar Rapids||319-363-1545|
|Northwestern College||Orange City||712-707-1732|
|St. Ambrose University||Davenport||563-333-6318|
|St. Luke’s College||Sioux City||712-279-3377|
|University of Dubuque||Dubuque||563-589-3125|
|William Penn University||Oskaloosa||641-673-1040|
Q: HAS THE FAFSA DEADLINE BEEN EXTENDED?
A: As of today, FAFSA deadlines have not changed. Make sure you or your student completes the FAFSA and applies for the Iowa Tuition Grant.
The Iowa Tuition Grant offers qualifying Iowa families up to $6,000 per year for four years of attendance at an Iowa private college or university. Recently, eligibility requirements have changed – so if you did not receive the grant in the past, you may be eligible now.
Here is the general application process and what students and their families can expect:
- ONE: Prepare your financial information and your parents’ information as well if you are a dependent
- TWO:Create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov to log into the FAFSA portal and electronically sign your application – if you are a dependent, your parents will need to set up one as well
- THREE: Complete your FAFSA application at fafsa.gov and be sure to notate your top schools
- FOUR: You will receive your Student Aid Report within 3–5 days which will summarize the information you submitted and outline your EFC
- FIVE: A financial aid award letter will be provided by your top schools once your school application has been accepted – this will outline the loans, grants and scholarships available to you from their institution, including the Iowa Tuition Grant.
See more information on our FAFSA page