MASON CITY | A new scholarship will provide up to four semesters of free tuition for qualifying high school and home school graduates at NIACC, the community college announced Thursday.
The North Iowa Area Community College Promise scholarship will be available to May 2018 Area 2 (NIACC's service area) graduates who meet the eligibility criteria, as well as current NIACC students meeting second-year participation criteria.
The scholarship was made possible through a donation by an unnamed North Iowa couple, NIACC President Steve Schulz said in a news release. More than 300 North Iowa students are expected to benefit from the scholarship each year.
“As the cost of attending college continues to climb, we know the financial burden can impact a student’s ability to enroll or complete their degree," NIACC Director of Institutional Advancement Molly Knoll said in the release. "The NIACC Promise will ease that burden for many North Iowa students."
The college says the scholarship is a last-dollar award; it will be applied to a student’s account after all other federal, state, outside and other NIACC aid/scholarships is applied. It is renewable for up to four semesters.
Eligibility criteria for NIACC Promise includes:
• Graduation from a NIACC district high school or home school within the service area.
• An expected family contribution of $3,000 or less, as determined by FAFSA application.
• Full-time enrollment — minimum 12 credits per semester — at NIACC in fall 2018.
• Completing four hours of community service each semester.
The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.