Eighteen new Iowa high school graduates and three younger students recently received monetary awards to help cover educational expenses after they or their families completed a free online tool to estimate the total cost of a four-year undergraduate degree.
Iowa high school students, and their parents or guardians, were able to enter their information for the drawings after completing the College Funding Forecaster between March 5 and May 11, 2018. This free consumer education tool provided by Iowa Student Loan® uses information from students’ freshman year financial aid award packets, as well as outside scholarships and grants and family savings and earnings, to project estimated costs, funding gaps and potential student loan debt over four years.
“We really feel this tool is vital to help families plan for a complete undergraduate education,” said Christine Hensley, chair of the Iowa Student Loan board of directors. “We use the Giveaway contest to draw attention and expose families to the tool’s features, which help them estimate total costs over four years as part of an overall plan to minimize student loan debt. We are pleased to see so many families entering after going through the module this year.”
More than 900 qualifying entries were received from all over the state, representing nearly 280 Iowa high schools.
Sixteen 2018 Iowa high school graduates met the requirements to each claim an award of $250 for education expenses after having their names randomly chosen in weekly drawings. They are:
Student Name
High School
Everett Willson
Burlington High School
Jordan Larson
Gehlen Catholic High School
Sadie Brockett
Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School
Nathan Butler
Highland High School
Madison Sommers
Indianola High School
Rachel Strang
Iowa City High School
Aaron Howe
MOC-Floyd Valley High School
Owen Meyer
North Cedar High School
Erin Goraczkowski
North Union High School
Erech Hazen
Norwalk High School
Abby Crowner
Notre Dame High School
Andraya Sowers
Pleasantville High School
Reece Suter
Rock Valley High School
Nicholas Resch
Spirit Lake High School
Madeline Moen
Vinton-Shellsburg High School
Renee Kerr
Wilton High School
Three younger students also fulfilled the requirements to claim one of the weekly drawing awards.
Student Name
High School
Bethany Kallio (high school class of 2021)
Ballard High School
Grace Reekers (high school class of 2021)
Belle Plaine High School
Dahlyn Ott (high school class of 2019)
South Winneshiek High School
In addition, two high school seniors’ names were randomly drawn by an independent third party to each receive a $1,500 scholarship award to the colleges they will attend this fall.
Student Name
High School
Marissa Tunning
Carroll High School
Drake Beller
Sioux City North High School
The College Funding Forecaster is available online at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Forecaster. The tool allows families to customize both expenses and available funding to adjust results for changes in students’ situations over the four years. The results show yearly and total estimated costs of attendance, available funding and projected funding gaps. The tool also provides informational tips on how to reduce costs and potential debt.