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SPECIAL FUNDING IS AVAILABLE FOR TEENS IN FOSTER CARE

 

IFAPA has received special money from Chaffee Funds for teens (age 16 and older) in foster care that can 

only be requested through June 30, 2015. This special grant can be accessed through IFAPA's Friends of 

Children in Foster Care Program. These grants will be available for up to $300 per youth for items such as: 

extra-curricular activities, educational tutoring, senior photos, prom attire, class rings, camps, etc. This 

funding is for all teens (16 years and older) in a foster care placement including shelter, foster family homes, group care, & supervised apartment living. 

 

To apply for this special funding, please complete a FRIENDS APPLICATION (LINK BELOW) and submit to IFAPA for consideration. 

 

http://www.ifapa.org/pdf_docs/FriendsChaffeeGrantRequestApplication.pdf

New Transition Videos!

Posted on 12/11/2018 at 2:31 PM

Break out the popcorn...time to watch the new transition videos featuring AMP Youth!!

 

These videos are sponsored by Juvenile Justice and Iowa Department of Public Health.

 

Attached is a flyer contains the links to all six videos.

 

Please note that we are continuing to work on the Youth Resources page and will be incorporating some of the links we originally received as we were making the videos.  Feel free to send us more as we get started.

 

VIDEO FLYER

Guardian Scholars Foundation

Posted on 11/30/2018 at 4:50 PM

The Guardian Scholars Foundation seeks high school graduates who have shown a desire to continue onto an undergraduate program; young adults who have proven academic merit and drive; those who have exercised a motivation to succeed inside and outside of the classroom shown through leadership and good decision-making.  After meeting the minimum requirements set by the individual colleges, a potential Guardian Scholar must:

  • have graduated in good standing with a minimum of a 2.3 GPA from high school or have shown considerable improvement while attending secondary education and spent time in Iowa foster care between the ages of 14-18. Scholarships are for students from Iowa going to school in the state of Iowa.
  • gain admission to the chosen college(s) and receive their financial aid package.
  • submit a Guardian Scholars application and Release and Consent Form as soon as possible after gaining admission to college.

Applications are due March 1st for the upcoming Fall semester.  Submitting your application package as soon as possible after applying to your chosen colleges is encouraged.  Applications may be found at GuardianScholarsFoundation.org 

 

Thomas Wolff | Executive Director

GUARDIAN SCHOLARS FOUNDATION

Empowering Foster Care Youth Through Education

phone: 515.528.4238 

GuardianScholarsFoundation.org

LIKE US ON FACE BOOK:

www.facebook.com/guardianscholarsfoundation

Registration is open for 2019 Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy courses

Posted on 11/21/2018 at 12:50 PM

Registration is open for 2019 Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy courses
 

Registration is now open for 2019 sessions of the Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy. These facilitated online courses are perfect for administrators, school counselors and other college access professionals. Participants can earn professional certification as well as license renewal or graduate credit. Courses are listed below. Find detailed descriptions and prerequisite information here.

  • 101: FOUNDATIONS OF COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS IN IOWA

Dates: January 7-March 10
Registration deadline: January 1
Sign up here.

  • 201: CREATING IOWA’S COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS CULTURE

Prerequisite: 101
Dates: January 7-March 10
Registration deadline: January 1
Sign up here.

  • 301: SYSTEMS AND OPTIMIZATION

Sign up here to receive notification when registration opens.

  • 401: PLANNING AND THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR’S ROLE IN ICAP ADVISING

Dates: March 11-May 5
Sign up here.

  • 501: PLANNING, ACCESSING AND FINANCING POSTSECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES

Dates: January 7-March 10
Registration deadline: January 1
Sign up here.

Iowa College Aid offers this continuing education program in partnership with AEA Iowa, the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa School Counselor Association.

Applying for College & Financial Aid October 2018

Posted on 10/03/2018 at 6:49 PM

Iowa College Aid Insider: Applying for College & Financial Aid (October 2018)

FAFSA issues? Try these tips

Monday was the first day to file the 2019-20 FAFSA form. Unfortunately, FAFSA.gov experienced technical difficulties on opening day. If you experience issues, Federal Student Aid recommends you try the following: 

  • Browser issues: Clear your browser cache, and if that doesn’t work, try a different browser.
     
  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool not working on mobile app: To minimize the chance of being selected for verification, use the Data Retrieval Tool on the website (fafsa.gov) instead of entering tax data manually through the app.
     
  • Can’t find the 2019-20 paper application: Click these links to the English and Spanish PDFs. Both can also be found in the Forms & Worksheets section on FSA’s Resources page (studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources).
     
  • Make sure you have the latest version of the myStudentAid app: For iOS users: https://apple.co/2DMjUMa. For Android users: http://bit.ly/2RgVqNB.

College Savings Iowa is giving away savings accounts

College Savings Iowa is celebrating its 20th anniversary by giving away nine 529 College Savings Iowa accounts. This giveaway is open until October 31 at Iowa529Contest.com

College Savings Iowa will give away four $5,000 accounts and five $529 accounts and will notify the winners in early November. The giveaway is open to all residents who have a child or grandchild under 18 years old, even if they already have a College Savings Iowa account.

A 529 college savings plan is a tax-advantaged investment account sponsored by the State of Iowa that you can use to save for qualified education expenses. Learn more at CollegeSavingsIowa.com.

Pros and cons of income-share agreements

A few universities are beginning to offer “income-share agreements” as a way to pay for college. Students who sign these contracts pay nothing up-front but agree to pay a percentage of their earnings for a fixed period after graduation. Among the schools that have announced such plans are Purdue University, Colorado Mountain College and Clarkson University.

Students who enter these agreements might be able to pay less money overall. The programs could also lower the risk of default. Because these programs are relatively new and largely unregulated, however, questions remain about whether they are a good deal for students. Among the concerns:

  • Non-accredited academic institutions don’t have to adhere to external standards, so some are nervous that these businesses might take advantage of students.
  • There’s little consensus about how much is fair to reap from program graduates and for how long.
  • There isn’t much data about how people do once they through the programs, which makes it difficult for prospective students to evaluate them.

AMP Facilitator needed in Davenport Iowa

Posted on 09/17/2018 at 3:26 PM

We are looking for an AMP facilitator in the Davenport area. If anyone knows someone who might be interested in the job, please have them go to: https://www.yss.org/careers/#open-positions to apply.

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