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Education and Vocational Resources

General ACT information - ACT testing information site for high school students, job seekers, employers, K-12 educational professionals.

ACT waiver information - If you can't afford the registration fee for the ACT you may be eligible for an ACT Fee Waiver.

TRiO Programs in Iowa are designed to support low income high school students, first generation college students, and students with disabilities in their pursuit to higher education. Check out the website to locate a TRiO program near you.

The High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) has replaced the General Education Development (GED)® test as Iowa's assessment required to earn a state-issued high school equivalency diploma in January 2014.

FAFSA - Need help paying for college? Fill out the free application for federal student aid.

FAFSA Codes (PDF) - Need to find the FAFSA code for the educational institution you are planning on attending. Here’s a list of FAFSA codes for Iowa colleges and universities.

FAFSA tips (PDF) - related to foster care youth and ward of court documentation.

Military ASVAB - The ASVAB is an on-line aptitude assessment that measures abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

CareerShip is an online career exploration tool.

College application fee waiver - Students who have limited financial resources and meet certain requirements may use the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form when applying for college. The form helps ensure that access to college is possible for all students.

Iowa College Aid - Educational Training Voucher (ETV) and All Iowa Opportunities Scholarship and Grant, and other scholarship information for former foster youth.

Iowa Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

Student Loan Comparison Chart Worksheet (PDF) - Cash Course: Your real-life money guide website has a great checklist to help you compare student loan options.

My Next Move is a career interest survey to help you identify possible careers.

Reality Check by Iowa Student Loan is an online tutorial that allows students to compare various types of jobs, their associated starting salaries and the future demand and probability they'll get the job. It features quizzes and provides tips for improving students' marketability in the workforce. By pulling together this important career information into an easy-to-use format, it allows students to set realistic expectations for how much they might earn after college and how much they should borrow for college.

Affordable Colleges Online is an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools for current and future college students and their families

Iowa College Aid releases the first video in the "Education Empowers" series, that contains interviews with youth on issues facing students who are making the transition to college from high school. 

Foster Care to Success - Offers students one-on-one mentoring, care packages, internship opportunities and academic coaching.

Resources for Youth

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