Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • There are several types of financial assistance for post-secondary education, including grants, scholarships, and loans. We strongly recommend that families look into these opportunities for students seeking to continue their education beyond high school. This page provides resources to help you navigate the process of applying for financial aid.

    IMPORTANT! No matter the financial case, whether planning to attend a certification program, technical school, or 2- or 4-year college, every student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for most types of financial assistance. Click on the link below to learn more about the FAFSA. Students should complete this during the fall of their senior year. October 1 is the earliest date you can complete this form.


  • Scholarship opportunities can be found at the local, state, and national levels. Scholarships are posted weekly as they are received in the Counseling Office. All scholarships sent to Liberty will be posted on Xello. Seniors should log into Xello to see these scholarship opportunities.

    At right, you will notice several websites and phone apps to help students explore scholarship opportunities.

    Students should also visit the scholarship page on the website of college/university they plan to attend for specific scholarship opportunities at that school. Several university deadlines are in the fall; pay attention to dates!


  • To be eligible for Federal Student Aid programs, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Federal Student Aid may be received through grants, loans and work-study.

    Before filling out the FAFSA, you will need to set up an FSA account.

    Still Need to File the FAFSA?

    We recognize there are seniors that are still working out their decisions and making plans for next Fall and that's OK. We're here to help. A big To-Do to check off your list is the FAFSA. The FAFSA is a key step to success in the college process. The FAFSA opens doors to not only federal grants and loans, but also state of Iowa scholarships and grants. It's that important.

    And while many college priority dates have passed, there may be institutional and private scholarships you can still apply for that require the FAFSA. 
    So if you haven't filed yet, the time is NOW.

    Schedule a one-on-one appointment with an ICAN Student Success Advisor at We can help you complete the form and outline your next steps so you are ready to go next fall.

    The ICAN Team