Select merit-based scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions do not stack. This is noted in the descriptions below. If a student meets the minimum requirements for multiple awards, they will automatically be awarded the scholarship with the highest dollar value. These scholarships do not apply to incoming transfer students. Please see the Scholarship and Grant Policies for information on awarding of the following scholarships.

Determination of merit-based scholarship eligibility will only consider test scores administered through February 2021 of the senior year and 7th semester (or 2nd trimester) grade point average. March 1, 2021 is the deadline for students to apply for admission in order to be considered for these scholarships. April 1, 2021 is the deadline to submit an updated transcript and/or official test score for scholarship reconsideration. Scholarships are subject to change each year for incoming new students.

All admitted first-year students entering Fall 2021 with or without an ACT or SAT score on file will be considered for merit scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions. Scholarship awarding decisions for students who do not provide test scores will be made following a review of a student's credentials. Students who are able to take the SAT or ACT after application or admission are encouraged to self-report or send official test scores prior to April 1, 2021 to be considered for additional scholarship opportunities. Subsequent receipt of test scores will never negatively impact a previous admission or scholarship decision.

Iowa Flagship Award

For incoming first-year students who are Iowa residents (non-stackable)

Value:

$8,500 a year for up to four years

Minimum Requirements:

33 ACT (SAT 1450) AND a 3.80 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale.

Application:

None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

Renewal:

Up to four years, or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first). You must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa (fall and spring terms), and a minimum 3.00 cumulative UI GPA for renewal. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each semester.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Old Gold Scholarship

For incoming first-year students who are Iowa residents. (non-stackable)

Value:

$5,000 a year for up to four years

Minimum Requirements:

30 ACT (SAT 1360) AND a 3.80 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale

Application:

None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

Renewal:

Up to four years, or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first). You must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa (fall and spring terms), and a minimum 3.00 cumulative UI GPA for renewal. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each semester.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Iowa Scholars Award

For incoming first-year students who are Iowa residents (non-stackable)

Value:

$2,500 a year for up to four years

Minimum Requirements:

27 ACT (SAT 1260) AND a 3.80 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale
OR
30 ACT (SAT 1360) AND a 3.70 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale.

Application:

None. Scholarship is awarded automatically to eligible students upon admission.

Renewal:

Up to four years, or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first). You must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa (fall and spring terms), and a minimum 2.75 cumulative UI GPA for renewal. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each semester.

Advantage Iowa Award

For incoming first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Value:

$2,000 - $8,000 annually (amount may increase based on merit and demonstrated financial need)

Minimum Requirements:

The award is based on merit, contributing criteria also includes students that are from historically underrepresented populations (African American, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Multiracial) at the University of Iowa or participation in a federally funded Upward Bound program.

Application:

No application required for Iowa residents. Students are considered automatically upon admission. Submission of the FAFSA by November 15 of the year prior to enrollment is recommended to maximize the available benefits of the Advantage Iowa program.

Renewal:

Up to four years, or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first). You must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa and maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative UI GPA, and meet all additional requirements listed at admissions.uiowa.edu/ai for renewal. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each semester.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Provost Scholarship

For National Merit finalists who designate the University of Iowa as their first-choice institution.
For National Hispanic Scholars who enroll at Iowa.

Value:

$3,000 a year for up to four years

Renewal:

Up to four years, or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa (fall and spring terms), and meet the scholarships standards for renewal. National Merit Scholars must meet the National Merit Corporation standards for renewal. National Hispanic scholars must maintain a 3.00 cumulative UI GPA. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each semester.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Collegiate and Departmental Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships above that are awarded by the Office of Admissions, there are a variety of scholarships administered by University of Iowa colleges and departments for the incoming new student as well as the continuing University of Iowa student. Expand your search using the links below.