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FAFSA Reday Iowa- a new initiative to increase FAFSA completion among Iowa students

The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) has started a new initiative called FAFSA Ready Iowa. This initiative encourages Iowans to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can offer many grants and scholarships to college individuals. In fact, students have an 85 percent chance of receiving financial aid just by filling out the form.

Currently, there is only a 41 percent completion rate for the FAFSA in the state of Iowa. With the help of ICAN, the goal is to increase the completion rate to 70 percent by 2025.

ICAN has nine student success centers in the state of Iowa and helps with the completion of more than 6,000 FAFSA’s each year. However, ICAN wants to increase this number and help educate individuals about financial aid and the importance of filing the FAFSA.

The FAFSA Ready Iowa initiative has partnered with school districts, nonprofit organizations, colleges and businesses to help educate more Iowans about affording post-high school education and training. To learn more about FAFSA Ready Iowa, visit ICAN’s website or contact your high school counselor to schedule an appointment with an ICAN student success advisor.

February 17, 2017 at 10:39 am

Teens teaching teens to save

Are you looking for a fun way to teach your teenage students about saving? How about letting other teens do the job? Check out this year’s Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest finalists for a fun way to get your teens talking about the importance of saving.

Each year, Discover Debit sponsors the Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest to encourage teens to make short videos to help educate themselves and their peers about the advantages of saving money. Videos, like the ones below, are produced from teens all over the states. The videos may be short and sometimes funny, but they can truly get the conversation started with your students.

Currently, voting is open for this year’s Savers’ Choice award. Take a moment out of your day to let these teens teach your students! To view the top five videos and vote for your favorite, you must visit the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) official Facebook page, like the page and submit your vote.

Not only will your teenage students learn about saving from students their own age, they will also help the winner’s build up their savings account. The top three winners in the nation are awarded a prize of $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 to help towards their savings goal.

To watch more Lights, Camera, Save! videos and get the conversation started with your students, visit the ABA’s YouTube channel.

February 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

Junior Achievement offers resource for students transitioning into adulthood

By the ripe age of 18, students are expected to know what they want to do in life, which college or job they would like to pursue and begin paying their own bills- if they don’t already do so. But, how are students supposed to know all this at such a young age?

Junior Achievement is, “designed to help teens find careers that are best for them, learn about saving and budgeting, and find out how they can start their own businesses.” Junior Achievement does all this by providing a variety of free resources for students and educators to use.

To access these educational resources, interactive games and assessment tools, visit the Junior Achievement website.

February 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Registration for Iowa Financial Know-How scholarships now open

The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship, developed by Iowa Student Loan, is now open for registration to all Iowa high school seniors. The scholarship program gives students the opportunity to earn a $2,000 college scholarship while also learning financial literacy skills.

Thirty scholarships will be awarded to students who complete two online financial literacy tutorials and score highest on the related assessment. Each winner’s school will also receive a $500 award. To register, visit the Iowa Student Loan website.

January 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

We’re back, Facebook!

We have exciting news Facebook friends! The Jump$tart Blog is back.

Well, we actually never went away but we have had some trouble connecting with our Facebook page. But, we are happy to share we resolved the issue and will now be sharing our posts with you all!

Enjoy!

January 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm

Money Smart Kid Essay application now available

Each year, during Money Smart Week, the Iowa Bankers Association sponsors the Money Smart Week essay contest in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Through the contest, students are asked to answer a financial question and relate it back to their life. This year’s question is:

“Do you think there is a connection between financial health and physical health? Please explain your answer. What can you do to become more financially healthy?”

One student will be named this year’s Money Smart Kid and will receive a $1,000 College Savings account. Participants must reside in the Money Smart Week Iowa or Quad Cities region and must be in grade 7-11. The deadline to submit an essay is Friday, March 24, 2017, and the winner will be notified by April 19.

Download the MSW Essay application at http://www.moneysmartweek.org/kids_competition. To stay up-to-date on contest information, “like” MSW Iowa on Facebook.

January 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Jump$tart launches new Clearinghouse

Jump$tart has recently updated the Jump$tart Clearinghouse, a premier online library of financial education resources. The new Clearinghouse not only has a new interface but also has improved functionality, more search capabilities, and added ways to rate and comment on resources.

Jump$tart is encouraging partners to review the resources their organization may have previously listed. To search and review resources click here. If changes need to be made, contact the Clearinghouse Director “Ask Anne.”

If you are not a Jump$tart partner, you can still search and utilize the resources Clearinghouse has to offer. However, if you’d like favorite, update or submit resources, you must create a profile. Click the “Create a Profile” link in the top right corner of the page.

For additional information or questions, contact “Ask Anne.”

January 11, 2017 at 3:46 pm

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