UI Office of Student Financial Aid Tuition Scholarships

The following University of Iowa Tuition Scholarships are awarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Scholarship recipients must demonstrate financial need, determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and academic excellence. The scholarship amount ranges from $200 up to resident tuition, depending on the amount of the student's financial need.

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.

Students are automatically considered for this scholarship once the Office of Student Financial Aid receives the FAFSA information and other required documents. A combination of any of the University of Iowa Tuition Scholarships may be received for a maximum of eight semesters.

Once a student has been awarded a UI Tuition Scholarship, they must maintain both full-time enrollment (12 hours per semester) and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 based on classes taken at The University of Iowa. These scholarships are not guaranteed for subsequent years. They are awarded on financial need, grade point, and on a first-come first served basis each year for a maximum of eight semesters. Students must file the FAFSA and submit the required documents each year.

If you are an upperclass student and are awarded a UI Tuition Scholarship before the end of the spring semester prior to the academic year for which the award was made, spring semester grades were not yet available. Therefore, the UI OSFA will review your scholarship eligibility after spring grades are available and, if your University of Iowa cumulative grade-point average is below 3.0 or if you failed to complete at least 24 semester hours during the academic year in which you received the scholarship, your scholarship for the upcoming year will be canceled. After the semester begins, if you are enrolled for fewer than 12 semester hours after the Registrar's last day to drop classes in order to affect tuition and fee assessment, your scholarship will be canceled for that semester.

If you were not awarded the UI Tuition Scholarship because you did not have a 3.0 UI GPA, but obtained at least a 3.0 UI GPA after the spring semester, contact the UI OSFA as soon as possible.

UI Tuition Scholarship for Freshmen

  • entering first-year students
  • an ACT composite of 29 (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1290) or above or
  • an ACT composite of 26 (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1170) or above and a cumulative high school grade-point average of 3.6 or above on a 4.0 scale

 UI Tuition Scholarship for Upperclass Students

  • undergraduate students beyond their first year
  • maintain a 3.00 UI cumulative grade-point average

UI Tuition Scholarship for Transfer Students

  • transfer a minimum of 24 earned hours from another educational institution
  • a minimum 3.00 transfer grade-point average
  • for subsequent years, see above requirements for UI Tuition Scholarship for Upperclass Students

UI Tuition Scholarship for Iowa Community College Transfer (ICCT) Students

  • graduated from an Iowa community college with an associate of arts (AA) degree
  • no prior bachelor's degree
  • a cumulative 3.00 transfer grade-point average
  • for subsequent years, see above requirements for UI Tuition Scholarship for Upperclass Students

 

If you have questions, email financial-aid@uiowa.edu.