Regents Admissions Index (RAI)
Freshman Admission requirements to Iowa Regent Universities
Admission of freshmen who wish to enroll at any of the Iowa Regent universities is based on the Regent Admission Index (RAI) equation described below. In addition, applicants must meet the minimum high school course requirements for the university they wish to enter.
(2 x ACT composite score)
+ (1 x percentile high school rank)
+ (20 x high school GPA)
+ (5 x number of years of high school core courses)
Regent Admission Index
Note: For purposes of calculating the RAI, SAT scores will be converted to ACT composite equivalents, 99% is the top value for class rank, 4.00 is the top value for GPA, and the number of high school core courses completed is expressed in terms of years or fractions of years (e.g., one semester equals 0.5 year). Applicants who do not possess all required factors will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Regent universities to which they apply.
Freshman applicants from Iowa high schools who achieve at least a 245 RAI score and who meet the minimum number of high school courses required by the Regent universities will qualify for automatic admission to any of the three Regent universities. Freshman applicants who achieve less than a 245 RAI score may also be admitted to a specific Regent university; however, each Regent university will review these applications on an individual basis and the admission decision will be specific to each institution.
Click here to access RAI Core Courses as established by the Iowa Board of Regents. Click the document in the below files section to see the courses that count towards RAI at Benton Community.
The RAI calculator can be found here: http://www.regents.iowa.gov/RAI/index.html
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Iowa College Access Network - The Iowa College Access Network (formerly College Planning Center) is a great resource for high school students and parents regarding preparation, applying and paying for college. They provide a variety of FREE services to students and parents.
FastWeb -A search engine for national scholarships. Once you register (free), you will have access to a searchable database for scholarships.
www.scholarships.com - A search engine for national scholarships. Once you register (free), you will have access to a searchable database for scholarships.
FAFSA Website - The Official Government website for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Do not use sites that ask for payment to fill out this FREE federal form. Applications for financial aid should be filled out and submitted as soon AFTER January 1st as possible of the student's senior year. The application is available online (preferred) from this website.
All students planning to pursue education after high school should complete this form. All government loans, grants, and scholarships, as well as, many institutional specific financial aid is distributed based upon the information provided on this form. Financial and tax information for both the student and parents are required to complete this form.
If you would like assistance in completing this form or have specific questions related to your specific circumstances, there is assistance available. One local resource is the Iowa College Access Network (offices in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines). Representatives will assist people with completing the form FREE of charge.
Cedar Rapids Office Phone Number: (877) 272-4692.
We have linked some documents below that are helpful to seniors and their parents. Please click on the document to review it.
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