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Last-Dollar Scholarships

Students enrolled in qualified programs at Marshalltown Community College and Iowa Valley Grinnell are now eligible to apply for the new Last-Dollar Scholarship program. The Last-Dollar Scholarship will pay for a student’s remaining tuition balance if enrolled in one of many designated career technology programs. That’s right … the State of Iowa will pay the student’s remaining tuition, whatever is left after applying any grants or scholarships received.

For the 2019-20 academic year, the qualifying MCC and IVG programs for Last-Dollar Scholarships are:

  • Marshalltown Community College
    • Associate Degree Nursing
    • Business Administration
    • Computer Networking Management & Technology
    • Dental Assisting
    • Electro-Mechanical Systems Technologist
    • Machine Tool Technology (one-year and two-year programs)
    • Medical Assisting
    • Natural Gas Technician
    • Powerline Technician
    • Practical Nursing
    • Welding
  • Iowa Valley Grinnell
    • Automotive Repair Technology (one-year and two-year programs)
    • Business Administration
    • Gunsmith Technology

Applicants for Last-Dollar Scholarships must be new high school graduates starting college full-time or adult learners (age 20 and older) starting college at least part-time. They must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and applied for all other available aid and plan to earn a credential (certificate, diploma or degree) in one of the programs listed above. The priority application deadline for this fall is Aug. 1, 2019.As the name implies, the Last-Dollar Scholarships are intended to cover any remaining gap between federal and state grants/ scholarships and tuition and qualified fees. Additional scholarship requirements and application forms are on the Iowa College Aid Commission website at

The $13 million Last-Dollar Scholarship program will help more Iowans achieve education or training beyond high school leading to high-demand jobs by helping pay tuition for designated programs of study up to two-year degrees. This will create opportunities for good-paying careers that meet employers’ needs for more skilled workers while growing Iowa’s economy. Both new high school graduates and adults already in the workforce or unemployed, and who want to improve their skills, can participate.

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