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Federal & State Grants
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is considered to be "need-based" gift aid that does not have to be repaid. This grant is the foundation of many students' financial aid packages. The maximum Pell Grant for the 2012-2013 academic year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013) is $5,550. The actual amount of this award is determined by a standard formula and funding established by Congress. To apply, the student must complete a FAFSA.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The Federal SEOG program provides up to $400 per academic year to students with exceptional need. Awards for this program are limited to the funds available. To apply, the student must complete a FAFSA.
Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant
The Federal ACG is awarded to high achieving students who are also eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. This grant is for recent high school graduates enrolled at least half-time in their first or second year of study in a degree program.
Iowa Vocational-Technical Grant
The Iowa Vocational-Technical Grant program provides need-based financial assistance to Iowa residents enrolled in career education (vocational-technical) and career option programs at Iowa community colleges. Grants range from $600 to $1,200, depending on the length of the program, financial need, and available funds. To apply, the student must complete a FAFSA by July 1.
The Iowa Grant is a need-based program to assist high-need Iowa residents. Recipients must demonstrate a high level of financial need to receive awards ranging from $100 to $500. To apply, the student must complete a FAFSA by July 1.
Iowa National Guard Education Assistance Program
This program is for members of the Iowa National Guard. Contact your Guard unit for application procedures.
The Kibbie Grant
The Kibbie Grant Program provides need-based financial assistance to Iowa residents enrolled in career education (career-technical) and career option programs at Iowa community colleges. Grants for full-time students are designed to cover one half of the average tuition and mandatory fees at Iowa community colleges, depending on the student’s financial need and the amount of total funding available.
These scholarships are funded by Marshalltown Community College, Iowa Valley Community College District, the Marshalltown Community College Foundation, or by local sponsoring organizations, businesses and individuals. Selection is based on criteria set forth by the donor or on the basis of financial need and/or academic ability. These scholarships will be applied to your student account. Applications are available online or in the Student Services area.
There are many scholarships available in your communities and by private sources. Check with your high school guidance counselor for the scholarships available in your community. You can also enter national scholarship searches such as Fastweb.com. These free services can provide scholarship information based on your interests, course of study, or other specific information that you provide. Be cautious of any scholarship or grant search that charges a fee for its services!
Federal Direct Student Loan Program
Subsidized Loans: Subsidized Direct loans are low-interest loans where the federal government, on behalf of the student borrower, pays the interest on the loan while the student is enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours) and during the six month grace period after leaving college. This loan will have a fixed rate of 3.4% for the life of the loan for all loans disbursed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.
Unsubsidized Loans: The unsubsidized Stafford program was established to allow students, regardless of income, to receive student loans. This loan is also a low-interest loan from the federal government available to MCC students who do not demonstrate any financial need for a subsidized loan. The key difference is the borrower is responsible for all interest that accrues during any enrollment, grace, or deferment period. This loan will have a fixed rate of 6.8% for the life of the loan for all loans disbursed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.
Dependent students enrolled full time can borrow a maximum of $5,500 in subsidized/unsubsidized during their freshman year and $6,500 during their sophomore year (once they've earned 28 credits). If you are an independent student who is not required to provide parent information on the FAFSA, you may be eligible to borrow an additional $4,000 under the unsubsidized Stafford loan program.
Federal Parent PLUS Loan
This program is a loan made directly to the parents of dependent students to help pay college expenses. It provides a long-term loan from the federal government up to the student's cost of attendance less any financial aid. The interest rate is fixed at 7.9% for all loans disbursed between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. Loan proceeds are distributed to MCC.
Federal & Institutional Work Study
These programs provide part-time employment based on the student's financial need. A variety of work opportunities are available on campus. Work-study students can work approximately 10 hours per week, are paid $7.25 an hour, and earn valuable work experience.