The following scholarships are available to full-time first-year students who are entering the university for the first time in fall 2018. These scholarships do not apply to incoming transfer students.

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 2018 of the senior year and 7th semester (or 2nd trimester) grade point average. March 1, 2018 is the deadline for students to apply for admission in order to be considered for these scholarships. April 1, 2018 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.

Presidential Scholarship

For incoming first-year students (non-stackable)

Value:

Iowa residents: Up to $74,000 (up to $18,500 a year up to four years)
Nonresidents: Up to $80,000 (up to $20,000 a year up to four years)

Minimum Requirements:

To apply for the Presidential Scholarship, individuals must be admitted to the University of Iowa; have earned at least a 3.8 high school grade-point average and achieved an ACT composite score of 33 (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1490).

Application:

The 2018 Presidential Scholarship application will be available on the Iowa Scholarship Portal on September 15, 2017. This scholarship program is administered by Honors at Iowa. Additional details are available on their website.

Deadline:

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Presidential Scholarship will be November 28, 2017. Scholarship offers are extended by March 1, 2018.

Renewal:

Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment each semester at the University of Iowa and a 3.33 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

Contact: Honors Program

Iowa Flagship Award

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

Value:

$34,000 ($8,500 a year for up to four years)

Minimum Requirements:

33 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1490) AND a 3.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale.

Application:

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

Renewal:

Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa and a 3.00 cumulative UI GPA, reviewed each semester.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Old Gold Scholarship

For incoming first-year students (non-stackable)

Value:

Iowa Residents: $20,000 ($5,000 a year for up to four years)
Nonresidents: $40,000 ($10,000 a year for up to four years)

Minimum Requirements:

30 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1390) AND a 3.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale

Application:

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

Renewal:

Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa and a 3.00 cumulative UI GPA, reviewed each semester.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Iowa Scholars Award

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

Value:

$10,000 ($2,500 a year for up to four years)

Minimum Requirements:

27 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1280) AND a 3.80 GPA on a 4.00 scale
OR
30 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1390) AND a 3.70 GPA on a 4.00 scale.

Application:

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

Renewal:

Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa and a 2.75 cumulative UI GPA, reviewed each semester.

National Scholars Award (NSA)

For incoming first-year nonresident students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (non-stackable)

Value:

$28,000 ($7,000 a year for up to four years)

Minimum Requirements:

26 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1240) AND a 3.60 GPA on a 4.00 scale.

Application:

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

Renewal:

Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa, continue to pay nonresident tuition, and maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative UI GPA, reviewed each semester.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Advantage Iowa Award

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

Value:

$2,000 to $8,000 (amount may increase based on merits and demonstrated financial need)

Minimum Requirements:

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

Application:

None. 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:

Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), provided you:

  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment each semester at the University of Iowa
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average at the end of each semester.
  • Earn at least 24 credit hours each academic year.
  • Meet each semester with a staff member from the Center for Diversity Enrichment (CDE) during your first year.
  • Meet with an academic adviser in accordance with program requirements based on your undergraduate major.
  • Enroll in and successfully complete an approved freshman seminar or college transitions course.
  • Attend three Advantage Iowa approved events each academic year.

Full scholarship criteria available at: admissions.uiowa.edu/ai

Contact: Office of Admissions

Provost Scholarship

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

Value:

$12,000 ($3,000 a year for up to four years)

Renewal:

National Merit Finalist: Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa each semester and continue to meet the academic renewal standards set by the National Merit Corporation.

National Hispanic Scholar: Renewable for an additional three years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first) provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa and a 3.0 University of Iowa cumulative grade-point average 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.