STudents On the Rise In Educational Success

The mission of STORIES is to provide guidance, empowerment, and connections to resources for foster, homeless, and other independent students in a supportive environment. The goal of this university-wide program is to increase retention and graduation rates by meeting basic needs so students can focus their time and energy on academic and career interests.

Perks of the program include:

  • Instant community of your peers who can relate to you
  • Deferment of ISU application and acceptance fees
  • Connections to free tutoring options
  • Individualized emotional, academic, and social support from program faculty and staff specializing in advocacy and student empowerment
  • Access to streamlined emergency resources and contacts on campus
  • Assistance connecting to community resources
  • Support in maintaining a close connection with county social service agencies to retain eligible benefits, including the Iowa Aftercare Services Network.

We’d love to support you during your Iowa State journey. If you’re interested in the program, fill out the form below.


Support of the STORIES program comes from donors like you! Small or large, gifts of any size make a difference in the lives of Iowa State students. Consider supporting this program with a donation using the button below.


Each holiday season, we support students through Amazon wish lists and other donations.

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