New scholarship programs may be created each year and award amounts for existing scholarship programs are subject to change. Currently enrolled students cannot become eligible for a new scholarship or a new award amount that did not exist when they first enrolled at the University of Iowa.
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.
National Scholars Award (NSA)
For incoming first-year nonresident students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents or international students who graduate from a U.S. high school.Value:
$2,000–$12,000 a year for up to four yearsMinimum Requirements:
Nonresident undergraduate first-year students who submit a complete application by March 1, 2021 are automatically considered for the National Scholars Award. Scholarship awarding and amounts are based on outstanding academic merit (standardized test scores and GPA) and exceptional promise at the University of Iowa.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), a minimum 2.75 cumulative UI GPA, and continue to pay nonresident tuition for renewal. Renewal reviews are done at the end of each semester.Contact: Office of Admissions
Advantage Iowa Award
For incoming first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.Value:
Up to $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:
Eligible nonresident students must apply for additional aid through the Advantage Iowa Award via their Admissions Profile in MyUI. Submission of the FAFSA by December 1 of the year prior to enrollment is recommended to maximize the available benefits of the Advantage Iowa program.Deadline:
Students are encouraged to apply before the priority deadline of February 1.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.
$3,000 a year for up to four yearsRenewal:
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.