Financial Aid / Scholarships

You want a college that will invest in your future

Not only is Central committed to a rigorous education, we also are committed to affordability and value. We recognize top students for academic achievement and talent with hundreds of prestigious scholarships that include full tuition.

First-Year Transfer International Other Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

For first-year students starting classes in Fall 2021, calculating your initial scholarship amount is easy!

First, find the scholarship that matches your GPA. Then find the scholarship that matches your test score range. Subtract both of those scholarship amounts from your total costs of $29,802. Then, apply for additional scholarships mentioned on this page. Central College scholarships are renewable each year for four years.

Cumulative GPA Based Scholarships

Cumulative GPA Scholarship Amount
4.0 and above $5,000
3.75 – 3.99 $4,500
3.5 – 3.74 $4,000
3.0 – 3.49 $3,500
2.99 and below $2,500

Test Score Based Scholarships*

ACT Score Amount
28 – 36 $3,000
23 – 27 $1,500
22 and below $500

OR

SAT Score Amount
1300 – 1600 $3,000
1130 – 1290 $1,500
1120 and below $500

*Students are eligible for either an ACT score scholarship OR SAT score scholarship, but not both.

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Scholar Day

November 7, November 14, January 30 or February 6

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The Central experience creates connections and opens doors to a future filled with relationships you can lean into time and time again. It starts with a conversation with faculty during Scholar Day, where you and other accomplished students have the opportunity to earn top academic scholarships up to full tuition. Not only will you have the chance to make friends and meet professors, you’ll also participate in an open-ended group challenge designed to showcase collaboration, creativity and communication. This event is open to all admitted students.

Scholar Day is a great opportunity to visit campus and meet future classmates. Students attending this event will be eligible for various scholarships and likely form friendships for a lifetime. Scholar Day gives students the opportunity to compete for scholarships beyond what is awarded at the time of admittance.

These include the following scholarships and awards:

Full-Tuition Kuyper Scholarships & Rolscreen Scholarships

These scholarships are the most prestigious awards granted at Central. Recipients will be chosen after all the Scholar Days are completed.

$500–$1,500 Scholar Day Awards

These are available to students who participate in a Scholar Day.

Additional Financial Aid Sources

$1,000 Heritage Awards

Awards are available to students who are the child of a Central College alum OR have a sibling who is a Central alum, current student or are members of the Reformed Church in America.

$500 Endowed Music Scholarships

These scholarships are for students interested in performing in one or more of Central's music ensembles. View more information and schedule your audition here.

Diversity Awards

These $500 annual scholarships are selected from applicants whose ethnic background is underrepresented at Central.

$6,000 Iowa Tuition Grant

Must reside in the state of Iowa, attend a private college or university and demonstrate financial need as specified by the state of Iowa. Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) due to processor by July 1. Renewal is determined each year by filing the FAFSA.

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2021-22 Price
Tuition: $19,250
Room: $4,892
Board: $5,660
Total Price: $29,802

Remember, you can subtract Central-awarded scholarships and federal and state awards from this total for an incredibly affordable experience.

Federal Grants

You may be eligible for additional federal grants. Apply using the FAFSA at studentaid.gov.

Work Study

Central College awards work study to nearly 85% of our students. Many campus jobs enable students to gain applicable work experience. Students are paid an hourly wage and may use their monthly paychecks to meet personal expenses.

Student Loans

Numerous types of loans are available for college students. Central College is a direct lending school, which means all loan questions can be processed through us. Many students successfully utilize student loans to finance their education.

Parent Loan

Parents may borrow using the Federal PLUS Loan for the remaining cost of students’ balance. We can help you through the process.

Early Estimator

The Early Estimator is an easy way for you and your family to determine the potential scholarships or grants available from Central. You will work closely with our financial aid office to complete the estimator.

Interested in the Maximum Amount of Financial Aid?

If you’re not sure which scholarship category you fit into, don’t worry! We will consider your academic background and unique situation to prepare your individual financial aid award.

Make sure to complete these additional steps to maximize your financial aid.

  1. Apply early for admission.
  2. Take the ACT or SAT.
  3. Participate in all Central College scholarship opportunities
  4. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1. Central’s FAFSA school code: 001850
  5. Apply for outside scholarships

Questions?

Contact Wayne Dille, director of financial aid, at dillew@central.edu or 641-628-5336


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