Central’s academic scholarships are awarded to students with outstanding academic profiles who demonstrate potential for future success. 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

Academic CredentialsScholarship Base
30 ACT and 3.85 GPA Up to $22,000 per year
28 ACT and 3.5 GPA Up to $18,000 per year
23 ACT and 3.25 GPA Up to $16,000 per year
20 ACT and 3.0 GPA Up to $14,000 per year

Foundation awards

Award amounts vary and are granted to students who demonstrate potential for college success, yet do not qualify for other academic scholarships.

$3,000-$5,000 Music major scholarships

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

$1,500 Heritage awards

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

$1,000 National Merit Finalist award

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

$500-$2,000 Central Awards

If you have a passion for:

Central Award days are Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13.

Learn more about Central awards Criteria.

Academic Scholar Days

If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 OR composite ACT of 23/1070 SAT (with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and ACT of 20/950 SAT) you are invited to participate in Central’s Academic Scholar Days Jan.30, Feb. 6 or Feb.13. Application and pertinent documents for admittance must be postmarked by Jan.15, 2016. You will receive an invitation in mid-November.

Full-tuition Kuyper scholarships and $25,000 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.

$1,000-$2,500 trustee scholarships

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

Additional opportunities

$5,000 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 due to processor by July 1, 2016. Renewal is determined each year by annual application of the FAFSA.

Federal grants

You may be eligible for additional federal grants/financial aid. See the financial aid homepage for more information.

Work study

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

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 Jan. 1
  4. Apply for outside scholarships