Grants

Grants

Financial Aid That Does Not Have To Be Repaid!

These awards are all pro-rated based on enrollment level.

The Kirkwood Financial Aid Office will automatically award you the Kibbie Grant or Last-Dollar Scholarship if you qualify.

Please note that the Last-Dollar Scholarship is a first-come, first-served scholarship. It will end when the allotted state funds have been awarded.

See more information on these grants and more below! 

Types of Grants Available

The Kibbie Grant, also called the Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant, is for Iowa residents enrolled in specific programs at Iowa community colleges. An application for financial aid must be received by the federal processor prior to the state deadline, and the expected family contribution must be within the parameters set by the state.

Those eligible for the Kibbie Grant could have half their tuition paid for, for up to two years, depending on the financial need of the student. Part-time students may be eligible for prorated amounts.

View the Eligibility Requirements

The Kibbie Grant applies to the following programs for the 2022 – '23 academic year:

Agricultural Sciences

Allied Health

Business and Information Technology

Hospitality Arts

Industrial Technologies

Nursing

Social Sciences

Please note, these programs may change for the 2023 – '24 academic year. 

The Last-Dollar Scholarship is intended to cover tuition and institution-wide fees for Iowa residents in programs that lead to high-demand jobs. If other state and federal programs do not cover the entire cost of tuition for a postsecondary diploma or associate degree, the Last-Dollar Scholarship will fill the gap. Students must also be accepted into the technical portion of their program.

View Other Eligibility Requirements

The Last-Dollar Scholarship applies to the following programs for the 2022 – '23 academic year:

Agricultural Sciences

Allied Health

Business and Law

Information Technology

Industrial Technologies

Nursing

Social Sciences

Grant funding available to Iowa residents in Vocational-Technical programs. An application for financial aid must be received by the federal processor prior to the state deadline, and the expected family contribution must be within the parameters set by the state. Students can receive up to five semesters of Iowa Vocational-Technical Grant.
View the Eligibility Requirements

A grant awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree and who have demonstrated adequate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Any student who qualifies for a Pell Grant based on their 2022 – '23 FAFSA currently on file is eligible for additional Pell Grant to be used toward their 2023 summer tuition. Summer Pell Grant students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits).
  • If you were not eligible for a Pell Grant on your 2022 – '23 FAFSA, you would not be eligible for Pell Grant funds to be applied to your summer tuition. If you have not filed a current FAFSA for 2022 – '23, you may still submit one now until June 30, 2023.
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements for a Pell Grant, it would then be applied to the tuition for your 2023 summer classes.

Priority registration for classes begins April 5. Visit MyHub to register.

Contact the Financial Aid Office on 3rd floor of Iowa Hall for additional information.

An additional campus-based grant awarded to highest-need students. These funds are limited and are awarded based on the date the FAFSA was completed. Based on availability of funds, a second awarding may occur before the beginning of the spring and summer semesters.

Ad astra per aspera, is a Latin phrase that translates to “to the stars, through difficulty." The need-based Linn County Adastra Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to Linn County residents enrolled in credit programs at Kirkwood Community College. It is designed to help ease the financial burden and give opportunity to help people significantly improve their lives through education.

This $3000 grant is pro-rated based on enrollment level. Students must complete the FAFSA in order to be eligible. Kirkwood will automatically award this grant to eligible students beginning with the 2023 spring semester.

The Cedar Rapids College Career Connection Grant is awarded to Cedar Rapids residents enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. This $6000 grant is reduced based on other grants and scholarships received. It is also a pro-rated award based on the student’s enrollment level.

Students must complete the FAFSA in order to be eligible. Kirkwood will automatically award this grant to eligible students.


Steps to Apply:

Deadlines:

  • 2022 – '23 academic year: Kibbie Grant and Vocational Technical Grant, submit the FAFSA by July 1, 2022.
  • 2022 – '23 academic year: Last-Dollar Scholarship, submit the FAFSA by August 1, 2022.
  • 2022 – '23 academic year: Pell Grant, submit the FAFSA by June 30, 2023.
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“Honestly, the low cost of living and tuition is what brought me here. I realized I could actually afford to be independent and study here, so I went for it and Kirkwood made it happen.”

Halona Poor,
Mount Pleasant, Iowa


Contact Us 

Reach out to the Financial Aid Office with any questions.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 319-398-7600 or 1-877-386-9101

Fax: 319-398-4928
Email: Financial Aid - financialaid@kirkwood.edu

FAFSA School Code: 004076

Location: 3rd Floor Iowa Hall

Mailing Address
Kirkwood Community College
Financial Aid Office
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404