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State program gets over 500 Kirkwood students free tuition

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – Over 500 Kirkwood community college students are going to school for free this fall on the Last-Dollar scholarship.

Governor Kim Reynolds endorsed the scholarship earlier this year as part of the Future Ready Iowa Program. The scholarship covers remaining costs for students pursuing certain two-year degrees who’ve already filled out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Reynolds identified business, healthcare, industrial technology and agricultural sciences as careers in high demand. Kirkwood has 29 programs that fit the bill.

“I was trying to figure out what my budget was going to be for the year and then I heard about this and I was like, ‘Oh, wow,'” recipient Zach Behrensmeyer said.

Staff at Kirkwood are happy students can focus on their future and not debt.

“We certainly appreciate anytime something like this comes out to where we can help our students reach their goals. And if we can help them reach their goals with absolutely no debt when they graduate, it’s really a good thing,” Kirkwood Communications Director Justin Hoehn said.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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