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

Distinguished Scholarship — $4,000

This scholarship is available to all admitted students with a drive to work hard and succeed. Students in this category must meet certain admission criteria to be automatically eligible for a $4,000 scholarship per year.

Simply apply to Central to receive automatic consideration for scholarships.

Presidential Scholarship — $8,000

This scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated their dedication to high academic achievement and who have earned on average a high school cumulative GPA around 3.85 or higher and around 30 on the ACT or 1360 on the SAT.

Students in this category will be awarded an $8,000 scholarship per year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACT and SAT test scores are NOT required if you’re applying for admission to Central for the Fall 2020 semester. We will award this scholarship based on academic achievement.

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.

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Scholar Day

Central’s Prestigious Scholarship Event

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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–$2,000 Scholar Day Awards

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

2020-21 Scholar Day dates to be announced.

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.

$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.

*2019-2020 amount

Federal Grants

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

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2020-21 Price
Tuition: $18,600
Room: $4,892
Board: $5,388
Total Price: $28,880

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?

  • Apply early
  • Participate in all Central College scholarship opportunities
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1.
    Central’s FAFSA school code: 001850
  • Apply for outside scholarships


Contact Wayne Dille, director of financial aid, at or 641-628-5336

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