Iowa students must submit applications to receive a nomination to the U.S. Service Academies for the 2020-2021 school year to the state representative or senator by Oct. 16.

Every student applying to one of the four U.S. service academies — the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy, or U.S. Naval Academy — must receive a nomination. State elected officials such as Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Chuck Grassley have the opportunity to nominate Iowa students to the service academies. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Unlike the other service academies, the Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination.

Students or parents seeking additional information may call Brenda Safranski at (515) 284-4574.