Counselor’s Corner

 When planning for college and beyond, it can be hard for students and families to find trustworthy resources on the internet. This page contains resources offered by Iowa College Aid and our partners which students can trust when planning the next phase of their life. 

Gear up for college with Tippie's Gateway Program
It is a free, on-campus summer experience designed to increase understanding of business majors for high school juniors from backgrounds underrepresented in business. Applications accepted through April 2, 2018 

National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp)!

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday the opportunity for two Iowa high school seniors to receive full scholarships to attend the 2018 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) this summer in West Virginia. The students will exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic, corporate and government worlds during the nearly month-long experience.

The camp includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight camping trips into the Monongahela National Forest; and a visit to Washington, D.C. The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.

The NYSCamp experience is offered at no cost to participants. Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation allow delegates to participate in this educational experience. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging and round-trip airfare are provided.

Delegates arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday, June 27 and depart on Saturday, July 21, 2018. The NYSCamp is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia.

Application forms are available online. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Cornell College's One Course Summer Institute

Do you know an outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior who wants to get a jump-start on earning college credit? Cornell College's One Course Summer Institute is designed for highly motivated students who are ready for college-level work. Students can choose from one of our five hands-on courses (each worth three college credit hours!)

  • Theatre and Dance Performance Intensive
  • The Fiction Laboratory
  • Virtual Reality Tools & Design
  • DNA: It’s in Your Genes
  • Peak Performance: Applied Sport and Performance Psychology

By participating in the One Course Summer Institute, students can experience college life, One Course At A Time—meeting and working with faculty, learning college success strategies, and acclimating to campus social and academic life. Students who participate will also qualify for a $4,000 scholarship, should they attend Cornell College.

Start Here, Go Places
This student site is packed with information about what it takes to be a CPA and what students can do now to start on their path to becoming one.  There are articles, games, interviews with real CPA's, videos -- even a magazine.

FAFSA Ready Iowa Events

The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) is a helpful resource for parents and students.  ICAN addresses everything from college and career planning to preparing the FAFSA.  Please, take a look at the Countdown Calendars for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  Additional information is on display on the bulletin board outside my office.  For a more detailed look at the information as services provided by ICAN, please visit their website:  

Guidelines for Students From ICAN

  • The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be completed using 2016 tax information. You DO NOT have to wait until 2017 taxes are done. You can start right away on October 1.
  • The 2017-2018 FAFSA needs to be completed BEFORE the school's financial aid priority date. Each school has their own deadline!! Find your school's deadline by clicking here. Many schools have changed their priority dates so it's important to check.
  • The University of Iowa and Iowa State University have a December 1 priority date. The University of Northern Iowa has a January 15 priority date.
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