Applying for Aid

A college education will be one of the most important investments a student and their family will make. Financial aid can help bridge the gap between the student's resources and the cost of education. We emphasize bridging the gap because the student and their family are primarily responsible for college expenses. The University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid (UI OSFA) makes every effort to assist students and their family in obtaining the financial aid funds needed to meet expenses if family resources are not adequate.

Students must apply for financial aid each year by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid awarded by the UI OSFA is not automatically renewed. 

The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available to complete on October 1, 2016.

  • Priority consideration for need-based scholarships and grants awarded by the UI OSFA will be given to students whose FAFSA record has been received by the University of Iowa on or before December 1, 2016. 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. The student may meet the qualifications for certain types of aid, but not be awarded that aid because the funding has run out.
  • You will again provide 2015 tax information on the 2017-2018 FAFSA (as you did if you filed a 2016-2017 FAFSA).
  • When completing the FAFSA, the UI OSFA recommends that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your 2015 tax information directly from the IRS onto your FAFSA.

After a student is admitted to the University of Iowa and has submitted the FAFSA, the student's financial aid eligibility is determined.

View our Step-by-Step Process web page for information on required forms and detailed instructions on applying for financial aid at The University of Iowa. Our Frequently Asked Questions web page provides answers to common questions.

Students must be admitted to a degree program at The University of Iowa before their financial aid application will be reviewed. Students can submit the FAFSA before they are admitted to the University; however, they will not be awarded until after they are admitted.

Incarcerated students are not eligible for financial aid. They are identified during the University of Iowa review process and are coded as not eligible for financial aid.

For tips on applying for financial aid, refer to our Helpful Hints web page.

Frequently Asked Questions

For financial aid purposes, the summer session is considered the final term of the academic year. To apply for summer financial aid, you must have the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a separate summer application on file in the Office of Student Financial Aid. The ...

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Awarding for the 2017-2018 academic year began in mid-January 2017.  You can view your application status  and award notification on MyUI.