Scholarship Information

Scholarships are usually merit-based, recognizing outstanding academic achievement and other accomplishments. Some may require financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Scholarships are available from many sources:

The University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid

You should file the FAFSA after October 1st each year to be considered for need-based scholarships. The 2020-2021 FAFSA filing priority deadline is December 1, 2019. You'll automatically be considered for scholarships if you qualify. Scholarships may be renewed each year if you meet renewal requirements.

The University of Iowa Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions has scholarships available for first-year, transfer, and international students. You'll automatically be considered for some scholarships and others require a separate application.

Other University of Iowa Sources

Visit the Iowa Scholarship Portal to start your search. You will need your HawkID and password to sign in. Application deadlines vary, so log in early and often. Most applications become available in the fall.

You can also check with your College or department for other scholarship opportunities.

The University of Iowa Intercollegiate Athletics

Your eligibility for scholarships may be impacted if you are a student-athlete. To learn more, read the Student-Athlete Financial Aid FAQ.

Non-University of Iowa Scholarships

You can search for other scholarships through private donors, foundations, businesses, churches, or with your high school guidance office. Online searches and applications should always be free.

FinAid offers tips for your scholarship search. College Board and FastWeb are common national search sites.