Paying for College

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Paying for College

One Stop for Financial Aid 

Paying for college can be a challenge, but at Kirkwood Community College, we strive to make education affordable. From financial aid options and scholarships to work study, loans, and grants, attending school is within your reach.

We help eliminate the stress of college payments by offering you a variety of options for paying tuition bills, whether it's online, in person, or by mail.

Tuition & Costs Ways to Pay

One easy online application!

More than 1,400 scholarship awards ranging from $500 to $5,500 are given to students just like you.

All About Scholarships

Financial aid that does not have to be repaid!

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

All About Grants

Get the facts before you sign!

One Stop advisors can help you learn about the terms of your loan, including interest rates and repayment.

All About Student Loans

Are you ready to get to work?

Kirkwood employs approximately 400 students during the academic year.

All About Work Study

Get All the Details

Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at these answers to commonly asked questions about financial aid and how to apply for FAFSA.

See the FAQs

Accepting Your Award

Everything you need to know about signing your award letter, setting up your direct deposit, and more.

Accept Your Award

Academic Progress

Federal regulations require students make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) to continue receiving financial aid.

All About SAP

Kirkwood Student Katelyn Kucera

“I love all the expected aspects of community college – cost, location, smaller classes – but at Kirkwood, all of that comes with a really direct connection to the 4-year school I’m transferring to. I’m in contact with advisors and people from the Agriculture department at Iowa State who make sure I can easily transition over there. It gives me a lot of peace of mind and feels like I’m already a part of my ISU program in a lot of ways.”

Katelyn Kucera,
Traer, Iowa

Financial Aid Help

FAFSA Help Days

Financial aid can be confusing! Get help for your federal financial aid questions from our experienced professionals.

Get FAFSA Help

Checklist & Forms

Determine where you stand in the financial aid process with downloadable forms and progress tracking resources.

Check Your Progress

Financial Aid Verification

You might be asked by Kirkwood or the U.S. Department of Education to verify your FAFSA information.

All About Verification

Get Your Tax Credit

The American Opportunity Tax Credit is available to eligible students during their first four years of college or postsecondary education.

This provides tax relief for qualified higher education expenses, including tuition, fees, books and course materials. It covers 100 percent of the first $2,000 and 25 percent of the second $2,000 during the qualified period.

Learn More


If you have any questions, contact the One Stop Office:

Phone: 319-398-7600 or 1-877-386-9101

Fax: 319-398-4928

Email Financial Aid Email Enrollment

Location & Hours:

2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mailing Address:

Kirkwood Community College
One Stop Office
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404