Paying for College

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eicc_paying_for_collegeHands down, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) are your best options when looking for an affordable college education. First, our tuition is among the lowest in the state of Iowa – hundreds of dollars less than the state universities AND thousands of dollars less than the private colleges. We also understand that even with our affordable tuition, paying for college is a major issue for many of our students.

Here are some ways to make your EICC education possible.

Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid can give you the tools to turn your dream of a college education into reality. To see if you qualify for financial aid, you need to start by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Completing the FAFSA will determine your eligibility for assistance, what kind, and how much. All students planning on attending college should complete the FAFSA. The application process is free and available online at www.fafsa.gov. The primary types of Federal Student Aid are described below:

Grants – For those with the most financial need, these are grants that do not have to be paid back

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplement Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
  • Iowa Vocational/Technical Grants
  • Iowa Grants and Kibbie Grants
  • EICC Grants

Work Opportunities – work at EICC and get a paycheck

  • Federal College Work Study – awarded on the basis of need and funds available; part time employment for students

Loans – money to be repaid with interest

  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Parent Loan

To learn more about any of these programs, visit www.eicc.edu/finaid

If you attend EICC, we strongly recommend that you complete your FAFSA by June 1st each year.  You can file as early as January!

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For more comparisons, visit eicc.edu/daretocompare

Apply for Scholarships

Each of the college foundations at Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges provides funding for a wide range of scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are not based solely on academic merit; many are based on financial need, geographic location, special talent or enrollment in a specific program. The scholarship application can be found online at www.eicc.edu/scholarships You can apply for ALL scholarships offered at the Eastern Iowa Community College of your choice with just one application submission. Keep in mind that these scholarship applications require a personal Goal Statement and you will need to provide two academic or professional references as well. Deadline for scholarships for Fall is March 1 and deadline for Spring scholarships is November 1. We encourage all students and parents to complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for these scholarship opportunities.

For more information about the many scholarships we have available, as well as deadlines, criteria for awards, and how to apply, go to www.eicc.edu/scholarships

Local organizations and businesses also offer scholarships. Students are encouraged to check with local banks, employers and civic organizations to learn more about scholarship opportunities. If you are a current high school student, touch base with your guidance counselor about available scholarships through your school. You can also conduct a free scholarship search online by accessing FastWeb at www.fastweb.com

Payment Plan

EICC also allows you to pay your tuition and fees through a payment plan known as FACTS. If you want to budget your monthly payments through FACTS, the only cost is $25 per semester non-refundable FACTS enrollment fee. To learn more about FACTS, visit www.eicc.edu/facts

At Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, an investment in a college education can positively change your life AND create more opportunities for your future success!

“College Goal” Events

Join us for a College Goal Event and we’ll go through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 2015-2016 academic year. Co-sponsored by ICAN – the Iowa College Access Network. (For more on ICAN, visit icansucceed.org) Please call the college nearest you or toll-free 1-888-336-3907 to register for one of these events and get a list of materials you’ll need to bring so you can complete the FAFSA.

Monday, February 23
4 to 6 p.m.
Clinton Community College
Computer Lab, Room 129
1000 Lincoln Boulevard in Clinton, IA
563-244-7070

Tuesday, February 24
4 to 6 p.m.
Scott Community College
Kahl Educational Center
Room 402
326 West Third Street in Davenport, IA
563-441-4040

Wednesday, February 25
4 to 6 p.m.
Scott Community College
Belmont Campus, Room 1112
500 Belmont Road in Bettendorf, IA
563-441-4040

Thursday, February 26
4 to 6 p.m.
Muscatine Community College
Gaekle Hall, Room 209
152 Colorado Street in Muscatine, IA
563-288-6060

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