Scholarships offered by the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) and the Office of Admissions require continuous full-time enrollment (12+ hours for each semester) and a specific UI cumulative GPA (not overall cumulative). Students are reviewed each semester according to these renewal requirements. NOTE: First-year and transfer students must have a minimum UI GPA of 2.0 after their first semester of enrollment to keep their scholarship for the next semester.
Scholarship renewal requirements can be viewed on MyUI. If you are not meeting the scholarship renewal requirements, your scholarship will be canceled for all future semesters.
Some OSFA scholarships also require you to file your FAFSA by December 1 and demonstrate financial need each year to be renewed.
Impact of Dropping Classes or Withdrawals
If you are considering dropping below full-time enrollment or withdrawing from the semester, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss how it may affect future scholarship eligibility. Semester withdrawals will result in the cancelation of future scholarships.
Appeals are generally not accepted if the reason for dropping below full time is due to the move from in person to online instruction.
You may experience extenuating circumstances that affect your ability to meet the renewal requirements and may submit an appeal if these circumstances occurred within the semester or academic year. Approving an additional appeal is generally not an option if a previous appeal was already approved.
This appeal submission is not for Advantage Iowa. You will receive a separate email about the Advantage Iowa appeal process from the Center for Diversity and Enrichment.
Reasons for an appeal may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Serious medical condition (illness, surgery, hospitalization, mental health issue, accident) or of an immediate family member
- Death of a family member or close friend
- Other circumstances that are beyond your control
Submitting your appeal
If you were notified that your scholarship was canceled and you have experienced any of the above circumstances, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your appeal, please provide:
- Full Name
- UI ID
- Current cell number
- Details on why you were not able to meet the renewal criteria. If the appeal is for a medical condition or health issue, please include information about the onset of the condition/issue and steps that you have taken/are taking for treatment
- Your projected plan that will lead you to meeting renewal requirements in the future
Timelines for submitting an appeal
For the fall and spring semesters, scholarship appeals must be submitted by the first Friday of classes.
Office of Student Financial Aid Reporting Obligations
The Office of Student Financial Aid has reporting obligations when students disclose information about sexual misconduct, stalking, or dating/domestic violence. The Office of Student Financial Aid shares information with the Office of Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator. The Office of Sexual Misconduct Coordinator works to ensure that individuals who have had these types of experiences, have access to information about confidential support resources, options for resolution, and the potential for accommodations that might be needed. You are welcome to contact the Office of Sexual Misconduct Coordinator directly at 319-335-6200.