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Scholarships, Loans, and Grant Opportunities

State and Federal Resources

  • Iowa Student Loan
    This site contains information and guidelines about different types of financial aid for a post-secondary education. It explains how to create a budget and calculate loan payments.
  • Iowa College Student Aid Commission
    This site provides comprehensive information about student scholarships and loans in Iowa. It contains information about grants, scholarships and loans for students who want to pursue a career in Iowa.
  • Iowa Carver Scholars Program
    Eligible applicants are sophomore students currently enrolled in one of the Iowa's universities or private four-year private institutions, or sophomore students currently attending one of Iowa's community colleges who intend to transfer to one of the participating four-year institutions as a junior in the fall semester of the award year.
  • Primary Care Recruitment and Retention Endeavor (PRIMECARRE)
    This site provides information about the Iowa Loan Repayment Program for selected categories of health care professionals who commit to practice for two years in a public or non-profit hospital or clinic located in a health professional shortage area (HPSA).
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    This site provides a variety of financial resources and links for high school, college and graduate students who are seeking scholarships and internships in rural areas.
  • U.S. Department of Education
    This site of U.S. Department of Education contains comprehensive information about student financial aid, including grants, loans and work-study. It allows the user to apply for federal student aid.
    A copy of the "The Student Guide" (English/ Spanish) is available in this site.
  • Federal Student Aid
    This site provides information about federal grants, scholarships and loans to students interested in post-secondary education.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    This site permits users to apply federal student aid. In addition, the user can check the status of an application, make corrections, and print a student aid report.
  • FinAid
    FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This site has a comprehensive collection of information about student financial aid.

Financial Aid for Nursing

  • Iowa Education Loan Forgiveness Program
    Nursing Educators and Registered Nurses (RN) may be eligible to receive annual forgivable education loans in exchange for an agreement to practice or teach in Iowa after earning a degree from an Iowa program.
  • Iowa Nurses Association Foundation Scholarships
    This site provides scholarship information to support nursing education for practicing Registered Nurses (RNs) who are members of the Iowa Nurses Association.
  • Iowa Health Care Association Foundation Scholarship
    This site provides information about scholarship opportunities for practicing nurses and administrators who wish to pursue a career in long-term care.
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)
    This website provides useful financial aid resources to nursing students and educators, including links to additional funding resources.
  • National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Foundation
    The NSNA website provides information scholarship and grants offered to undergraduate nursing students nationwide.
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing
    This site is dedicated exclusively to nursing resources. It provides information about grant opportunities, application deadlines and links to grants, loan repayments, scholarships, and others. HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact Information

Iowa Health Workforce Center
Iowa Dept of Public Health
321 East 12th St., 4th fl. Lucas Bldg
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 954-5674
FAX (515) 242-6384