Tools & resources
These tools, plan updates and helpful websites can help you plan and save for higher education.
Vanguard’s college planning tools
Find out about changes to the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan and learn about plan events, contests and other news.
College Savings Plans Network
Compare 529 plans by state or feature, or check out a guide on getting started.
Find out more about Ascensus and the 529 plans that it administers. You can also take "Learn 529," an online learning experience.
See performance rankings for a range of 529 portfolios, and browse college savings articles and tools.
More than 1.8 million high school graduates take the ACT college admissions test each year. ACT programs are designed to boost lifelong learning and potential for success in schools and workplaces around the country.
The College Board
Get help preparing for higher education, with information on admissions, assessments, financial aid and enrollment.
Educate yourself about financial aid. This site also includes application information, frequently asked questions, calculators and more.
Federal Student Aid/U.S. Department of Education
Learn about the federal financial aid process and find the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed in order to qualify for federal financial aid.
Federal school code search
Find the colleges and universities that are eligible schools under 529 plan rules.
Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)
Iowa students and their families can learn about choosing a college, applying for financial aid and managing debt. All services provided by ICAN are free to Iowa students.
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
Find out about scholarships, grants, loans and other programs available at Iowa colleges and universities.