Last-Dollar free tuition for SCC programs

WEST BURLINGTON – Iowa residents entering one of 20 programs at SCC could earn a degree without paying for tuition, thanks to the Last-Dollar Scholarship program.

“All you have to do is submit the FAFSA to have tuition covered for the eligible programs,” Dana Chrisman, admissions director, says. “It sounds too good to be true, but it has helped hundreds of students in the state complete their degrees and move on to high-paying jobs.”

Through the State of Iowa’s Future Ready Iowa initiative, the program is designed to cover the cost of tuition that is not already paid for by scholarships or federal and state grants. The goal is to build Iowa’s talent pipeline by boosting education beyond a high school diploma to give students the skills that employers are seeking.

The Last-Dollar Scholarship will cover tuition for the following programs at SCC: Accounting, Advanced Automation & Robotics Technology; Automotive Technology; Automotive Technology – Management; Business Administration; Computer-Aided Design Technology (CAD); Construction Technology; Construction Management; Entrepreneurship; Industrial Maintenance Technology; Healthcare Technology Management; IT Management; Medical Assistant; Medical Coding and Billing; Modern Food Production, Agriculture, and the Environment; Network Administration & Cyber Security; Nursing – LPN or ADN; Precision Machining and CNC Technology; Respiratory Care; and Welding Technology

Chrisman adds that the scholarship has helped hundreds of students across the state since its onset in 2019.

“This is an outstanding plan to help students,” Chrisman adds. “With the Last-Dollar Scholarship covering that financial gap, the state is making it possible for students to achieve their career goals.”

The scholarship is open to Iowa residents who are 2022 high school graduates or adult learners age 20 and up who enroll full- or part-time.

Those interested in the program must complete their SCC application for admission and the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) by July 1. Both applications are available at

“We’re going into the third year of this program, and word is getting out that Iowa residents really can earn the degree they need for in-demand jobs without paying for tuition,” she said. “There’s no fine print.”

The scholarship is renewable. Qualified students will need to reapply each year.

For assistance with the FAFSA, contact Mack Turner, educational outreach advisor, at (319) 208-5026 or
Eligible programs are listed at Contact SCC’s financial aid office with questions at (319) 208-5000.

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