View the Scholarship and Grant Policies web page for important information regarding the offering of scholarships at the University of Iowa.

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Students are considered for grants and scholarships before employment and loans. The following scholarships are offered by the University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA).  A student's eligibility is determined after they are admitted to the University of Iowa and the OSFA has received the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results.

Offers are made on a first-come, first-served basis. OSFA encourages students to file the 2021-2022 FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2020.  The filing deadline for maximum aid consideration is December 1, 2020.  Although students can apply for financial aid throughout the year, funding for institutional need-based scholarships and grants are limited; therefore, not all qualifying students will receive these funds.

Students are automatically considered for these scholarships. There are no separate applications other than filing the FAFSA.  The scholarship amounts vary depending on the amount of the students' financial need and scholarship funding levels. 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 offers may be reduced within the academic year.

Upperclass students are offered the 2020-2021 UI Academic Success Scholarship before the end of the Spring 2020 semester.  The OSFA will review each student's 2020-2021 scholarship eligibility after Spring 2020 grades are available and, if their University of Iowa cumulative grade-point average is below 2.75 and/or if they failed to complete at least 24 semester hours during the 2019-2020 academic year, their 2020-2021 scholarship may be canceled. After the Fall 2020 semester begins, if a student is enrolled for fewer than 12 semester hours after the Registrar's last day to drop classes in order to affect tuition and fee assessment, their scholarship will be canceled for that semester and for future semesters.

Iowa Need-Based Academic Award (formerly known as UI Academic Success Scholarship)

  • entering first-year students
    • an official ACT composite of 29 (or a combined SAT evidence based writing & reading and math score of 1350) or above or
    • an official ACT composite of 26 (or a combined SAT evidence based writing & reading and math score of 1240) or above and a cumulative high school grade-point average of 3.6 or above on a 4.0 scale
    • maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade-point average for courses taken at the University of Iowa (grades will be reviewed at the end of every semester)
  • demonstrate financial need, determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (For the 2021-2022 academic year, the filing deadline for priority consideration is December 1, 2020.)
  • continuous full-time enrollment (at least 12 hours each semester)
  • students may receive this scholarship for up to eight semesters of undergraduate enrollment or until a bachelor's degree is received (whichever comes first) by meeting all requirements listed below.  If a student does not meet all of the following requirements, they will not be eligible to receive the scholarship for any future semester.
    • demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitting other required documents each year (For the 2021-2022 academic year, the filing deadline for priority aid consideration is December 1, 2020.)
    • maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 hours) each semester (if a student withdraws during a semester, they are not maintaining continuous full-time enrollment)
    • maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade-point average for courses taken at the University of Iowa (grades will be reviewed at the end of every semester)

Iowa Need-Based Academic Award for Iowa Community College Transfers (formerly known as UI Academic Success Scholarship for Iowa Community College Transfer Students)

  • transfer a minimum of 24 earned hours from an Iowa community college
  • no prior bachelor's degree
  • a cumulative 2.75 transfer grade-point average
  • maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade-point average for courses taken at the University of Iowa (grades will be reviewed at the end of every semester)
  • students may receive this scholarship for up to four semesters of undergraduate enrollment or until a bachelor's degree is received (whichever comes first) by meeting all requirements listed below.  If a student does not meet all of the following requirements, they will not be eligible to receive the scholarship for any future semester.
    • demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitting other required documents each year (For the 2021-2022 academic year, the filing deadline for priority aid consideration is December 1, 2020.)
    • maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 hours) each semester (if a student withdraws during a semester, they are not maintaining continuous full-time enrollment)
    • maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade-point average for courses taken at the University of Iowa (grades will be reviewed at the end of every semester)

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