Iowa high school seniors eligible for a chance at $2,000 while learning
college financing and planning information

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (Feb. 4, 2019) — Registration is ongoing through Feb. 21 for a scholarship that offers Iowa high school seniors a chance to receive one of 30 scholarships worth $2,000 for college while learning important financial literacy skills. In addition, each recipient’s high school will receive a corresponding $250 award.
High school seniors may register for the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SeniorScholarship between now and Feb. 21. Iowa Student Loan® will award $2,000 scholarships to 30 students who complete two online financial literacy tutorials and score highest on a related assessment. Registered students also receive emails highlighting financial literacy tips, such as the importance of early career and college planning and ways to reduce student loan indebtedness.
After registering for the scholarship, students receive emailed instructions for completing the three required online components. The two tutorials — Student Loan Game Plan® and ROCI Reality Check — were developed by Iowa Student Loan to help students understand the consequences of college borrowing and discover how to maximize their return on college investment, or ROCI.
A related multiple choice assessment will check students’ understanding of the concepts in the tutorials. The 30 high school seniors who score highest on the assessment test will each receive a $2,000 scholarship that will be sent directly to their colleges in fall 2020. If top-scoring students tie, those students will be asked to complete a separate component so that 30 final recipients can be determined.
Each scholarship recipient’s high school will also receive a corresponding $250 award to be used toward scholarship and financial literacy programs.
The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship is open to legal U.S. citizens who are seniors at an Iowa high school during the 2019–2020 school year and attend college in fall 2020. It is a no-purchase-required program, and full rules and details are available at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SeniorScholarship.

Additional Resources Available
Iowa Student Loan also has additional resources for families planning for college and for students who intend to pursue advanced degrees. The Parent Handbook consists of valuable tips to help families of students in sixth through 12th grades prepare for success in college and other postsecondary options. The Grad Degree Gauge encourages students to make informed decisions about borrowing levels and their ability to repay new student loan debt when considering the pursuit of an advanced degree. Both tools are available free at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SmartBorrowing.
In addition, Iowa Student Loan provides college planning information for parents of eighth- through 12th-graders through Student Planning Pointers for Parents, a twice-monthly subscription service. Interested parents can learn more and sign up at www.sp3.org.


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