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FAFSA Ready Iowa

The Initiative

FAFSA Ready Iowa Spring/Summer 2021 aims to increase FAFSA completion in Iowa to the pre-pandemic level of 60%


COVID-19 has caused students to pause or delay the planning process and left many students in the high school classes of 2020 and 2021 without a next step. Through a national grant, ICAN through its FAFSA Ready Iowa Initiative is collaborating with partners across Iowa to bring a second wave of FAFSA completion strategies to assist students with accessing financial aid and taking the next steps toward post-secondary attainment.

Data shows that students have an 85% chance of being awarded financial aid by simply completing the FAFSA form, and are more likely to complete additional steps towards post-high school education and training.. Students are being called to seek additional education and training beyond high school, but for many, paying for college is a barrier. To increase the number of Iowans with education and training beyond high school, we have to help them pay for it.


ICAN is collaborating with state and community partners to host events for students and parents. 26 high schools have volunteers to participate in the program to help their Class of 2021 reach 60% completion. Events are being scheduled for both statewide and school or community-based participation. Click here to view currently scheduled events.

Program Participants

  • ICAN
  • Iowa College Aid
  • Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA)
  • Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (IASFAA)
  • Carroll Regional College Access Network
  • Mason City College Access Network
  • Black Hawk County Local College Access Network
  • Dubuque College Access Network
  • Aligned Impact Muscatine County (AIM)
  • Bettendorf High School
  • Boone High School
  • Carlisle High School
  • Cedar Falls High School
  • Centerville High School
  • Davenport Central High School
  • Davenport North High School
  • Davenport Mid-City High School
  • Des Moines East High School
  • Fremont Mills High School
  • Johnston High School
  • Lewis Central High School
  • Linn-Mar High School
  • Lisbon High School
  • Logan-Magnolia High School
  • Marshalltown High School
  • Mason City High School
  • Midland High School
  • Mid-Prairie High School
  • Mount Pleasant High School
  • Oskaloosa High School
  • Southeast Polk High School
  • South Hardin High School
  • Urbandale High School
  • West Branch High School
  • West Monona High School
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