CFHS Counseling Department Update

December, 2021

A Guide to Career and College Planning

Monday, Jan. 31st 2022 at 5:30-6:30pm

1015 South Division Street

Cedar Falls, IA

  • This meeting is for Juniors and Sophomores and Parents/Guardians

  • Please join us on MONDAY, January 31st at 5:00 P.M. to visit with Elective Departments (CAPS, FCS, IT, Art, PLTW, Computer Science, Business, Music) to explore options for what classes to take next year.

  • At 5:30 P.M. John Holland from the Iowa College Access Network will share an informative presentation on Career and College Planning.

  • The CFHS counselors will also share information about 2022-23 Registration/Scheduling of classes for next year.

There are many post-high school options available to students through education and training programs. This program engages students and parents in a discussion of the planning process for selecting career pathways and education and training programs, as well as a review of the steps to the financial aid process.

This program covers:

  • Career Exploration & Assessment

  • Academic Preparation & Requirements

  • Admission Process & Requirements

  • College/Training Program Selection

  • Financial Aid Process

  • Understanding Costs - Cost of Attendance

  • Scholarships Process

  • Where to Go For Help

Senior Updates

  • In September and October, all seniors were invited to sessions that gave them more information about what they should be doing to prepare for next year. We had college admissions folks from Hawkeye Community College, Wartburg College, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and Iowa State University. We also had a session on how to fill out the Common Application.
  • This year we added a Career Fair for opportunities in the Skilled Trades. We had representatives from Young Plumbing and Heating, CFU (Cedar Falls Utilities), McDonald Construction, Story Construction, Cedar Valley Steel, and Built by Pros. The representatives shared information and then students were encouraged to visit with them. These jobs are in very high demand right now and there are so many opportunities available.
FAFSA Information and Support

If you still need help completing your FAFSA, please check out how to make a virtual or in-person appointment. We can also help in the CFHS Counseling Office.

Scholarship Presentation

Please check out this presentation on where to find scholarships on the Cedar Falls HS Counseling Department website. Our Americorps volunteers, Josh, Anisia, and Paige share tips and specific scholarships that you can complete. The Cedar Falls Community Schools Foundation Scholarships and the Community Foundation of NE Iowa Scholarships will be open soon.
scholarships galore

Last Dollar Scholarship-College for FREE!!

Iowa Community Colleges offer the Last Dollar Scholarship for high-demand careers in our state. Please check out this information about what community colleges offer programs that are FREE to students who apply and fill out the FAFSA.

We're excited that the 2022-23 financial aid application process is well underway and want to draw your attention to one of the state's newest and most popular financial aid programs, the Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship.

The Last-Dollar Scholarship saw more growth than any other state aid program in the last year. We encourage you to share the following message with seniors (and juniors who are planning ahead) at your school who may be interested in pursuing training and a career in one of Iowa's fast-growing, high-demand professions.

Do you plan to earn a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree to work in one of Iowa's high-demand jobs after completing high school? The Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship may cover your tuition. If all other available state and federal financial aid falls short of paying for your tuition, the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship is there to fill the gap.

To apply for the Last-Dollar Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year, you have to enroll full-time in an eligible program of study and complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA deadline for the 2022-23 academic year has not yet been set; complete the FAFSA ASAP to qualify! Details can be found here:

Eligible High Demand Hawkeye Community College Programs

Proposed 2022–2023 Programs

Pre-programs are not eligible for the Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship.

Additional programs may be added to this list at a later date. The eligible programs list is based on job demand and is subject to change year to year. Students in programs removed from this list who previously received Last-Dollar Scholarship funds for that program will still be eligible for the Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship until they complete their credentials or leave the college, as long as they continue to meet all other eligibility criteria.

Junior Class of 2023

The school counselors met with the juniors in the month of December to share important information about what students need to prepare for their senior year. We talked about options and resources for exploring and shared information about ACT and ACT preparation. Please check out the video or the PowerPoint presentation below.
Junior Year Class of 2023 Presentation

Junior Year Scholarship Opportunity

Uncommon Students are Tomorrow's Leaders

Are you an uncommon high school junior who would like the opportunity to earn $11,500 to further their education?

The goal of the Uncommon Student Award (USA) is to challenge young Iowans to be uncommon as it relates to Herbert Hoover’s values and ideals, then reward them with money for college.

Applicants are evaluated on standards other than grades, test scores, and financial need. The students propose and complete civic-minded projects of their own choosing and should be something in which they are passionate about. We'll choose 15 students from all over Iowa based on the merits of their proposal - and each will earn $1,500 upon completion of the program!

The 15 finalists will spend the summer working on their projects and will present their results in October, and four of them will earn a $10,000 scholarship to the school of their choice!

For even more detail about this outstanding program, visit

Tiffany Frederick, MS

Academic Programs Manager & Event Coordinator



Hoover Presidential Foundation

Sophomore Class of 2024

The school counselors met with our sophomores in small groups in November. We shared important information about how to know what is going on at the high school. We also shared unofficial transcripts and credit check sheets. We also talked about Xello tasks and how they help in the career and college exploration journey. Please check out the video or PowerPoint presentation below.
Class of 2024 Sophhomore Presentation Dec/2021

NCAA Eligibility Center Webinar for Student-Athletes

Encourage your student-athletes to join the NCAA Eligibility Center on Tuesday, January 11, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time for our webinar for college-bound student-athletes and their families. Students will learn about the latest initial-eligibility news, requirements they must meet to be ready when they get to campus, and the best resources for them as they pursue their dreams of studying and competing at an NCAA Division I or II school. Please share this link with your student-athletes and encourage them to attend this important event.

How to Pay for College

Monday, Feb. 7th 2022 at 6pm

1015 South Division Street

Cedar Falls, IA


The high school counseling office has invited a representative from the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) to provide a free presentation on financial aid for Juniors and their parents on Monday, February 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the CFHS Auditorium. We would also welcome Sophomores and their parents to attend. It is never too early to start planning for how to pay for college.

Topics will include:

  • Financial Aid Process
  • FAFSA Application Review
  • Understanding FAFSA Results
  • Understanding Costs – College Comparisons
  • Financial Aid Options
  • Scholarships Process
  • Where to Go for Help

About ICAN

The Iowa College Access Network is a nonprofit, educational organization. ICAN is the College Access Network for Iowa, and a member of the National College Access Network (NCAN). ICAN has 10 Student Success Centers in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Orange City, Sioux City, and Waterloo, which provide information and support to students and their families as they plan their postsecondary education and apply for financial aid. All ICAN programs and services are provided without charge. For more information about ICAN, call (877) 272-4692 or visit