Explore Your Financial Options

College is an investment in your future. At the University of Iowa, we want to ensure you're prepared for undergraduate and post-graduate financial success.

There are many ways to pay for your college education and we want to ensure you're familiar with your options. With scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs, our students are able to create a comprehensive package to invest in their education. 


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Receive the Maximum Financial Support you Deserve

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File the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application opens October 1 and allocates funds based on need. The priority deadline is December 1 and aid is distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Send Updated Academic Information

If your GPA increases before your final semester, send us an updated copy of your transcript. If you take the ACT or SAT through the February test date of your senior year, send those scores to us right away. 


Search the Iowa Scholarship Portal

You can apply for additional scholarships through various departments and programs by using the Iowa Scholarship Portal.

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Apply for Local Scholarships

High school counselors are great resources for identifying scholarship opportunities through private donors, foundations, businesses, or churches. 

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Communicate Extenuating Circumstances

If there are any extenuating circumstances that have impacted your academic performance or you family's financial situation, please communicate those with your Iowa admission counselor.

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Complete the Entire Financial Aid Process

Our final financial aid offers become available in late-February, so we encourage you to go through the full financial aid process to maximize your opportunities.

Office of Financial Aid

Our financial aid counselors are here to help you throughout your financial aid journey. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions.

Meet With an Admission Counselor

The Office of Admissions is here to help you understand your available resources.

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