Financial Aid That Does Not Have To Be Repaid!

These awards are all pro-rated based on enrollment level.

The Kirkwood Financial Aid Office will automatically award you the Kibbie Grant or Last-Dollar Scholarship if you qualify.

Please note that the Last-Dollar Scholarship is a first-come, first-served scholarship. It will end when the alloted state funds have been awarded.

See more information on these grants and more below! 

Types of Grants Available

The Kibbie Grant, also called the Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant, is for Iowa residents enrolled in specific programs at Iowa community colleges. An application for financial aid must be received by the federal processor prior to the state deadline, and the expected family contribution must be within the parameters set by the state.

Those eligible for the Kibbie Grant could have half their tuition paid for, for up to two years, depending on the financial need of the student. Part-time students may be eligible for prorated amounts.

View the Eligibility Requirements

The Kibbie Grant applies to the following programs for the 2020 – '21 academic year:

Health Care/Biological Sciences

Information Technologies

Industrial/Energy/Mechanical Technologies


Please note, these programs may change for the 2021 – '22 academic year. 

The Last-Dollar Scholarship is intended to cover tuition for Iowa residents in programs that lead to high-demand jobs. If other state and federal programs do not cover the entire cost of tuition for a postsecondary diploma, or associate degree, the Last-Dollar Scholarship will fill the gap.

View the Eligibility Requirements

The Last-Dollar Scholarship applies to the following programs for the 2021 – '22 academic year:

Agricultural Sciences

Allied Health

Business and Information Technology

Industrial Technologies


Grant funding available to Iowa residents in Vocational-Technical programs. An application for financial aid must be received by the federal processor prior to the state deadline, and the expected family contribution must be within the parameters set by the state. Students can receive up to two years of Iowa Vocational-Technical Grant.

A grant awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree and who have demonstrated adequate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Any student who qualifies for a Pell Grant based on their 2020 – '21 FAFSA currently on file is eligible for additional Pell Grant to be used toward their 2021 summer tuition. Summer Pell Grant students must be enrolled at least half-time (5 credits).
  • If you were not eligible for a Pell Grant on your 2020 – '21 FAFSA, you would not be eligible for Pell Grant funds to be applied to your summer tuition. If you have not filed a current FAFSA for 2020 – '21, you may still submit one now until June 30, 2021.
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements for a Pell Grant, it would then be applied to the tuition for your 2021 summer classes.

Priority registration for classes begins April 5. Visit MyHub to register.

Contact the One Stop Office on 2nd floor of Kirkwood Hall for additional information.

An additional campus-based grant awarded to highest-need students. These funds are limited and are awarded based on the date the FAFSA was completed. Based on availability of funds, a second awarding may occur before the beginning of the spring and summer semesters.

Steps to Apply:


  • 2020 – '21 academic year: Pell Grant, submit the FAFSA by September 18, 2021.
  • 2021 – '22 academic year: Kibbie Grant, Vocational Technical Grant, and Last-Dollar Scholarship, submit the FAFSA by July 1, 2021.
Mckenzie Feld

“I chose to attend Kirkwood because of its affordability, the scholarship opportunities, and the friendly environment of people who work with the students each day.”

Mckenzie Feld,
Robins, Iowa

Contact Us 

Reach out to the One Stop Office with any questions.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 319-398-7600 or 1-877-386-9101

Fax: 319-398-4928
Email: Financial Aid -
Email: Enrollment -

FAFSA School Code: 004076

Location: 2nd Floor Kirkwood Hall

Mailing Address
Kirkwood Community College
One Stop Office
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404