The University of Iowa offers several scholarships to outstanding international first-year students entering in fall 2017 academic year. Financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, or need-based aid is not available for international students.

International first-year students who will graduate from a United States high school will be eligible for non-resident scholarships in lieu of the scholarships listed below. These scholarships do not apply to incoming transfer students.

Please see the Scholarship and Grant Policies for information on awarding of the following scholarships.

May 1 is the last date that international scholarships will be awarded.

Old Gold Scholarship (International)

For incoming first-year students

Value:

$20,000 ($5,000 a year up to four years)

Minimum Requirements:

30 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1390*/SAT CR+M score of 1330**) 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 each semester at the University of Iowa and a 3.00 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

Contact: Office of Admissions

University of Iowa International Scholars Award (ISA)

For incoming international first-year students with outstanding high school records. The ISA will be awarded at the time of admission and will be based on a review of your high school record including high school courses, course rigor, and grades earned in those courses.

Value:

 $8,000 ($2,000 a year for up to four years).

Application:

Eligible students are considered automatically 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 each semester at the University of Iowa, a minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average, and continue to pay nonresident tuition.

Contact: Office of Admissions

India Scholars Award

For incoming international first-year students with outstanding high school records whose country of citizenship is India. The India Scholars Award will be awarded at the time of admission and will be based on a review of your high school record including high school courses, course rigor, and grades earned in those courses.

Value:

$6,000 ($1,500 a year for up to four years)

Application:

Eligible students are considered automatically 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, a minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average, and continue to pay nonresident tuition.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Latin America Access Award

For incoming international first-year students with outstanding high school records who are citizens of a Latin American country and applying to Iowa from a Latin American high school.

Value:

$40,000 ($10,000 a year for up to four years)

Minimum Requirements:

Eligible students are considered automatically upon admission. A maximum of 25 awards will be offered.

Deadline:

March 1 for Fall semester; December 1 for Spring semester

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, a minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average, and continue to pay nonresident tuition.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Iowa Sister State Scholarship (Iowa SSS)

For incoming international first-year students with outstanding high school records who are residents of and currently reside in one of Iowa’s sister states in Yamanshi Prefecture, Japan; Yucatan, Mexico; Hebei Province, China; Terengganu, Malaysia; Stavropol Krai, Russia; Taiwan; Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine; Veneto Region, Italy; and Kosovo. The IowaSSS will be awarded after holistic review of the application and submission of the Iowa SSS Application. A maximum of 10 scholarships will be made available each year to residents of each of Iowa’s sister states.

Value:

$16,000 ($4,000 a year for up to four years)

Minimum Requirements:

Recipients will be expected to serve a minimum of one semester as an ambassador for their state/province during their time at Iowa and connect with Iowa Sister States and their events.

Application:

Application will be available at our Iowa Scholarship Portal by October 1. 

Deadline:

March 1 for Fall Semester; December 1 for Spring Semester

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 minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Presidential Scholarship (International)

For incoming first-year students

Value:

$40,000 ($10,000 a year up to four years)

Minimum Requirements:

32 ACT (or SAT EBRW+M score of 1450*/SAT critical reading + math score of 1400**) AND a 3.85 grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale.

Application:

The 2017 Presidential Scholarship application will become available on the Iowa Scholarship Portal September 15, 2016.

Deadline:

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Presidential Scholarship is November 28, 2016.

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

Summer Hawk Tuition Grant (International)

Provides a summer-session scholarship to undergraduate students who first enrolled at Iowa in Summer or Fall 2013 or after.
Summer Hawk Tuition Grant FAQ

Value:
  • International students—up to $10,044, based on Summer 2016 tuition (difference between resident and international tuition for 12 credit hours)
  • Students are responsible for any fees associated with enrollment.
Minimum Requirements:

Students must have enrolled in at least 24 credit hours the previous academic year at the University of Iowa.

Application:

None. First-year, first-time students are eligible to receive the grant during a single summer but must use it within four years of initial enrollment and before receiving an undergraduate degree.

Renewal:

One-time award for up to 12 credit hours during a single summer.

Contact: Office of Admissions

Iowa Heritage Award

For incoming students who have a parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or grandparent who have conferred a University of Iowa degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree)

Value:

$6,000 ($1,500 a year for up to four years)

Application:

Application will be available on our Iowa Scholarship Portal on September 15, 2016.

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 minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Iowa grade-point average.

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.