Generally, scholarships are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic, or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, are members of underrepresented groups, live in certain areas of the country or demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

The University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid (UI OSFA) encourages students to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 and preferably by March 1 for the upcoming academic year. The FAFSA can be filed using estimated income information if actual information is not available. After a student is admitted to the University of Iowa and has submitted the Iowa Verification Form and federal tax returns, the FAFSA information is reviewed and the student's financial aid eligibility is determined. Students are considered for grants and scholarships before employment and loans.

Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Although students can apply for financial aid throughout the year, funding for some financial aid programs may be depleted prior to May 1 for the upcoming academic year. Therefore, students are encouraged to submit all forms as soon as possible to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid.

More detailed financial aid application information is available on our Step-by-Step Process web page.

For a listing of scholarships, click on the links to the left.

Scholarships are available from a variety of sources:

  • The University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid (UI OSFA)

Many of the scholarships awarded by OSFA require financial need; therefore, students must file the FAFSA and submit all required documents each year. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. Therefore, students should file their FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 for the upcoming academic year. 

A variety of scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admissions to first-year and transfer students. Students are automatically considered for some scholarships upon admission to the University and others require a separate application.

  • Individual University colleges/departments/programs

The following are links to some colleges and departments at the University of Iowa that provide a listing of available scholarships. If an academic department is not listed, check the departmental website for scholarship information.

  • The University of Iowa Intercollegiate Athletics

Some students may anticipate participating in intercollegiate athletics at the University of Iowa. This participation may impact their ability to receive institutional or private scholarships and grants. To learn more, read the Student-Athlete Financial Aid FAQ (PDF). A financial award given to a student-athlete based upon athletic ability or sport performance is considered an athletic grant.

  • Outside (non-University) businesses/organizations/agencies

    A great way for students to investigate outside scholarships is by using a scholarship search on the web. Also contact businesses, civic, and fraternal organizations, parents' employers, churches, high school guidance offices, and public libraries. The Division of Sponsored Programs at the University of Iowa is also an excellent resource for outside scholarships.

If a student receives a scholarship check from an outside agency, the check must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid so the funds can be credited to the student's University account. Submit the check with our Scholarship Check Submission Form (available on the forms page of our web site).


Impact of Outside Awards/Prizes

Federal financial aid regulations require that all financial aid (loans/grants/scholarships/work-study) and educational resources (i.e. awards, prizes) must fit within a student's financial need and/or cost of attendance.  If the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) becomes aware of additional financial aid or other educational resources, the financial aid that was awarded by OSFA may be reduced or cancelled.

The Controller's Office emailed information regarding Student Awards, Prizes, and Other Similar Forms of Payment (PDF) to all University departments.