About Home Base Iowa Cities
Home Base Iowa cities provide additional resources and discounts for veterans who relocate to these communities. The incentives stand alone or complement those offered by the county and state. All the cities listed have passed a city council resolution supporting the program, provide an incentive/welcome package, ensure 10 percent of eligible businesses are involved with Home Base Iowa and have the option to purchase Home Base Iowa signage.
Click on the other tabs to view veteran resources, higher educational institutions and all county and statewide incentives.
County Veteran Offices
IowaWORKS Centers are committed to providing quality employment services to all military service members and their spouses. All veterans and their spouse may be eligible for priority service. Please let a team member know upon check-in of your veteran status. IowaWORKS Centers provide a full range of job/career assistance. Individual services include:
- Career counseling and job search skills development
- Help locating employment and Registered Apprenticeship opportunities
- Academic skill testing and hands-on computer classes
- Creating resumes/cover letters and interview preparation
Iowa National Guard Services
Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
Non-Profit Statewide Veteran Support Organizations
Eastern Iowa Community College
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges. Stretched along the banks of the Mississippi River, the district covers all of Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Scott Counties, as well as parts of Cedar and Louisa Counties. The mission of Eastern Iowa Community College is to deliver high-quality education and training that prepares a skilled workforce, provides affordable access to higher education and builds and strengthens our communities.
- For more information:
- Contact: email@example.com / 800-462-3255
- Website: EICC Veterans Page
Purdue University Global
Purdue Global is a world-class university within a world-class public university system. When it comes to balancing a career, family, and school, we know that flexibility is key. That's why we put you in control of your education, offering innovative learning options that let you choose what, how, and where you learn. As a CHAMPS institution here in Iowa, our advisors work closely with you to understand your personal learning needs. They also evaluate your academic, professional, or military experiences to give you credit for what you already know.
Campus locations in Mason City, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Davenport and Des Moines.
- For more information:
- Contact: 866-210-5233 / Militaryfinance@purdueglobal.edu
- Website: Purdue Global University Veteran Webpage
St. Ambrose University
We offer more than 60 majors with the flexibility to mix majors, minors, and electives to match your interests. What's more, our spirited community is known for its athletics, special events, and outstanding residence halls. SAU students are inspired by our Catholic intellectual tradition and commitment to social justice. In fact, they volunteer thousands of service hours every year - and more than 150,000 hours in the past year alone! St. Ambrose University is committed to helping students from all financial backgrounds achieve their dreams of gaining a quality education. Many families believe that they will not qualify for financial aid, but almost 90 percent of St. Ambrose undergraduate students receive financial aid assistance.
- For more information:
- HBI CHAMPS Contact: Natalie Woodhurst / firstname.lastname@example.org / 563.333.5721
- Website: St Ambrose Veterans Page
Upper Iowa University
Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world. That rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced study.
From our Fayette Campus to our undergraduate and graduate online programs, to our 25 U.S. Centers, including Centers in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, the Quad Cities, and Waterloo. UIU has the people in place to help you succeed.
- For more information:
- HBI CHAMPS Contact: Dawn Novak / 563.425.5400 / email@example.com
- Website: UIU Veterans Page
An Introduction to CHAMPs
Iowa's Certified Higher Academic Military Partners (CHAMPs) offer higher education incentives to qualified veterans, their spouses and dependents. Benefits include in-state tuition rates, on-campus support, credit for military courses and special financial considerations.
Scott County Veteran Incentives
Veterans who put their boots – and roots – in Scott County now may be eligible for up to $8,250 in relocation incentives after the county’s new designation as a Home Base Iowa (HBI) community.
$1,500 home purchase incentive from Scott County Scott County provides this incentive to qualifying veterans living outside of the county who purchase a home in Scott County. *Closing Date must be on or after 8/1/21.
$1,500 home purchase incentive from the City of Davenport The City provides this incentive to qualifying veterans living outside of Davenport who purchase a home in Davenport. *Closing Date must be on or after 8/1/21.
Interview expenses reimbursement Scott County will reimburse qualifying Veterans living outside the county with up to $250 per visit, up to two times, for hotel and meal costs incurred while interviewing for a job with an employer in Scott County.
$5,000 state tax credit Qualifying Veterans can receive this tax credit, provided through the State of Iowa, when they purchase a home in Iowa through the Iowa Finance Authority’s Military Homeownership Assistance Program. The credit is awarded at the time of closing. To be approved, the Veteran’s lending institution must be affiliated with the Iowa Finance Authority. *To Qualify for State grant: A veteran must have served 90 days active duty between August 2, 1990 and April 6, 1991 or September 11, 2001 to present. Go to iowafinance.com for further details
Home Base Iowa Statewide Veteran Incentives
The Home Base Iowa Act positions Iowa as a leader in respect, support and employment of veterans through a public-private partnership. The Iowa Legislature passed the Act in a broad bi-partisan manner and then Governor Terry E. Branstad signed it into law on Memorial Day, 2014. The Act contains the following incentives:
- Military Pensions exempt from state income tax
- $5,000 grant toward the purchase of a home
- Permissive veteran preference in employment
- Search/view Iowa businesses committed to hiring veterans
- Automatic in-state tuition at state universities and community colleges for qualified veterans and their dependents
- View the complete list state veteran benefits
- 100% disabled veterans can qualify to pay no property tax