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.

File the 2019-2020 FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2018.  The filing deadline for priority consideration was December 1, 2018.  A student's financial aid award is created after a student is admitted to the University of Iowa and has submitted the FAFSA.  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 before a student is awarded. In the event there are reductions in state funding for the University of Iowa, support for institutional scholarships and grants may be impacted. If that happens, academic awards may be reduced within the academic year.

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

For a listing of available 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 UI OSFA require financial need; therefore, students must file the FAFSA each year. UI Tuition and Academic Success Scholarships are not automatically renewed. 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 October 1 for the upcoming academic year. The 2019-2020 FAFSA filing deadline for priority consideration was December 1, 2018.

  • The University of Iowa Office of Admissions

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

Visit the Iowa Scholarship Portal for additional scholarship opportunities that may be available to you. If you are an admitted student, you will need your HawkID and password to sign in to the portal.

  • 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.

If a student receives a scholarship check from an outside agency, the check must be submitted to the University Billing Office so the funds can be credited to the student's University account. Additional information is available on the University Billing Office Submitting Scholarship Checks webpage.

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.

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