The University of Iowa offers an affordable first-rate education. The Office of Student Financial Aid is here to assist you with the costs of your educational investment. Our committed team of professionals works in partnership with you, providing information on available options and assisting you with the various stages of the financial aid process.
This web site is dedicated to providing you and your family with the necessary tools to make informed decisions concerning financing your education. Our knowledgeable staff is eager to assist you and welcomes your questions.
Financial Literacy Services
Everyone likes to think they won't make mistakes with their money; however, making unwise decisions about managing money now could have a negative impact on future financial situations. UI Financial Literacy Services is a new program offered by the Office of Student Financial Aid for undergraduate students. Information and support is provided to assist undergraduate students in managing finances, reducing student loan borrowing, and understanding loan repayment options.
Applying for 2013 Summer Financial Aid
To be considered for summer financial aid, undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least six hours and graduate students must be enrolled for at least three hours. The summer application and additional information is available on our summer web page.
Fall 2013 Financial Aid Disbursement and the University Bill (U-bill)
U-bills are available on ISIS the first day of each month. Fall tuition is billed on the August 1 U-bill. If a student's fall financial aid is ready for disbursement (see requirements section of our disbursement web page), the University Billing Office will apply the Fall 2013 financial aid (with the exception of work-study) to the August 1 U-bill. Beginning the first day of classes (August 26 for most students), any financial aid funds remaining after contract charges (tuition and fees and on-campus housing and dining) have been paid will be refunded to the student by the University Billing Office. The University Billing Office web site provides answers to frequently asked U-bill questions.
After all required documents have been reviewed and a student is awarded financial aid, the University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid (UI OSFA) will email the student instructions on how to access their award notification on ISIS. Additional information is available on our award notification web page and in our Understanding Your Award (PDF) brochure.
Applying for 2013-2014 Financial Aid
Students must reapply for financial aid each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed using estimated income information if actual information is not available. A Federal School Code (also known as a Title IV Institution Code) is required to complete the FAFSA. The University of Iowa Federal School Code is 001892. Financial aid at the University of Iowa is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, it is important to complete the FAFSA (preferably by March 1, 2013) and submit all required documents as soon as possible after January 1, 2013. View our Step-by-Step Process web page for detailed information.
2013-2014 Financial Aid Application/Award Status
Students are able to check their 2013-2014 application status and award status on ISIS. When in ISIS, be sure to use the drop-down box to select the Fall 2013 session. Students can provide their parents with view only guest access to ISIS.
Effective February, communication from The University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid is by email. Students will no longer receive paper notifications [i.e., postcard regarding the availability of their Iowa Verification Form (IVF), requests for additional information, award notification]. Therefore, it is very important that students frequently check their University email throughout the year.
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Visit Us On Facebook
The Office of Student Financial Aid is on Facebook. Check out our page to find information, helpful financial aid tips, and answers to frequently asked questions.
University of Iowa Budget and Financial Aid
The University Billing Office has compiled a list of questions and answers (PDF) regarding the UI budget, General Education Fund, state appropriations, and more.