The University of Iowa offers various scholarships each year to outstanding undergraduate students based on financial need, academic merit, or both. Merit-based scholarships from the Office of Admissions do not stack. If a student meets the minimum requirements for multiple awards, they will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest dollar value. Receiving a merit scholarship may not disqualify students from also receiving need-based grants or loans offered through the UI Office of Student Financial Aid, depending upon the amount of demonstrated financial need. Please see the Scholarship and Grant Policies for information on awarding of the scholarships at the University of Iowa.
First year students who do not meet the May 1 application deadline will not be considered for merit-based scholarships.
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, view the Student-Athlete Financial Aid FAQ (PDF).
Featured UI Scholarships
Some scholarship applications are due well in advance of our deadlines to apply for admission, so apply for scholarships early!
- Scholarships for First-Year Students
For students enrolling at the university directly from high school.
- Scholarships for Transfer Students
For students transferring to Iowa from another college or university.
- Scholarships for International Students
For students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Additional UI Scholarship Opportunities
Also search these other University of Iowa websites for more information about scholarships offered by individual departments and colleges within the university.
- UI Office of Student Financial Aid
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- College of Nursing
- College of Pharmacy
- College of Public Health
- Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Externally Funded Scholarships
Don't limit your scholarship search to University of Iowa-sponsored assistance. Search online for more scholarships provided by corporate and nonprofit organizations. For example, the College Board and FastWeb websites can be great resources.