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You want a college that will invest in your future.

Not only is Central committed to a rigorous education, we are also committed to affordability and value. We recognize top students for academic achievement and talent with hundreds of prestigious scholarships that range from $500 to full-tuition. You will automatically be considered for awards once you apply.

All Central College scholarships are based solely upon merit, regardless of need. All are renewable each year, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Our goal is to recognize students for their academic performance to ensure you have the resources necessary for an affordable four years at Central.

Academic Scholarships

We are committed to making your Central education affordable by offering all admitted students $24,000 or more in academic scholarships. Additional scholarships may be available based on your financial need and interests.

Academic CredentialsScholarship
30 ACT / 1390 SAT and 3.85 GPA Up to $28,000 per year
28 ACT / 1310 SAT and 3.5 GPA Up to $24,000 per year
23 ACT / 1130 SAT and 3.25 GPA Up to $24,000 per year
20 ACT / 1030 SAT and 3.0 GPA Up to $24,000 per year

Don't see your ACT/SAT and GPA on the chart above? Don't worry, we will consider your academic background and unique situation to prepare your individual financial aid award.

Academic Scholar Days

Central's Academic Scholar Days are Jan. 26 & Feb. 2, 2019. Criteria: 3.4 cumulative GPA OR 23 ACT / 1130 SAT (minimum GPA of 3.0 and 20 ACT / 1030 SAT). Must be admitted prior to attending.

Full-tuition Kuyper Scholarships and $30,000 Rolscreen Scholarships

These scholarships are the most prestigious awards granted at Central. Scholarship recipients will be selected from among those participating in Central's Academic Scholar Days.

$500 - $2,000 Trustee Scholarships

Available to students who participate in Central's Academic Scholar Days. Scholarships will be awarded to students who reflect academic curiosity and potential.

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Additional Scholarships

Central Awards $500 - $1,500

All admitted students are eligible to earn Central Awards, regardless of cumulative GPA or test scores.

  • Art
  • Community Service
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • French
  • German
  • Ministry and Mission
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre

Learn more about Central awards Criteria

Music Major Scholarships $3,000 - $5,000

Scholarships are available to students majoring in instrumental and/or vocal music degree programs and are renewable yearly for up to four years.

Learn more about Music Major Scholarships

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 or current student OR are members of the Reformed Church in America.

$1,000 National Merit Finalist

Awarded to students qualifying as a National Merit Finalist. Documentation may be required. Scholarship renewable for four years.

Diversity Awards

Diversity Awards range from $1,000 - $3,000 annually and are given to students who bring diversity to campus. Ethnicity is one of several factors considered but is not an exclusive condition of eligibility. Preference given to those with financial need.

$5,650* 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 due to processor by July 1. Renewal is determined each year by filing the FAFSA.

*2017-18 estimated amount

Federal Grants

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

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 and actual financial aid process.


Contact Wayne Dille, Director of Financial Aid, at 641-628-5336.

Interested in the maximum amount of financial aid?
  1. Apply early.
  2. Participate in all Central College scholarship opportunities.
  3. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Oct. 1 using Central's school code, 001850.
  4. Apply for outside scholarships.
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