Grants and Scholarships
UNI Grants. These institutional grants are need-based, non-repayable gifts, ranging from $400 to $1,000. The exact amount of the grant depends upon the student's financial need as indicated by the results of their FAFSA.
Federal Grants. Federal grants are intended to assist students whose FAFSA results indicate a high level of financial need. The amount ranges from $400 to $4,310. The federal government has the Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant, and the SMART Grant available for undergraduate students who complete the FAFSA and demonstrate high financial need.
State Grants. State grants are available for Iowa students who are enrolled at least half-time who complete a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need. The grants are awarded based upon an Iowa undergraduate student's expected family contribution. Iowa grant awards range up to $1000 per year. The IMAGES grant is also available for Iowa minority students enrolled at least half-time. Awards range from $200 to $2,000.
Scholarships. A wide variety of scholarships are available at the University of Northern Iowa for students who are academically qualified. Scholarships are also available to students with outstanding creative or performing talent. Most scholarships for freshmen are awarded to students who rank in the top quarter of their high school class, or from non-ranking high schools and have an ACT composite score of 26 or above. Two-year college transfer students must have a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average. All incoming and current students are encouraged to complete the online Common Scholarship Application found at www.uni.edu/finaid. For a complete listing of scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer students, check the financial aid Web site at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/.
Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships. Several scholarships and awards, including tuition scholarships, are available for graduate students at Northern Iowa. Students should contact the department or academic college in charge of their program for information on eligibility and application procedures. Students may locate the scholarship directory at www.uni.edu/finaid/, which gives a complete listing of all scholarships available for graduate students and currently enrolled UNI students. For further details on requirements related to graduate scholarships and assistantships.
Army G.I. Bill. Undergraduates serving in the Iowa National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserves can qualify for the New G.I. Bill. The New G.I. Bill Educational Assistance Benefits provide up to $2,000 per year in direct payments and a $200 kicker (if qualified), plus the student continues to earn monthly training assembly pay. Many students who qualify for the New G.I. Bill also qualify for the Student Loan Repayment Program. For additional information about the New G.I. Bill write or contact the Veteran=s Certification Officer in the Office of the Registrar at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006, 319-273-6801.
Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships. Several scholarships are available for students interested in ROTC.
- Four-Year Army ROTC Scholarships. High school seniors can apply for a four-year Army ROTC scholarship (before November 15th) of their senior year.
A four-year scholarship will pay full tuition and required educational fees; provide $600 per semester for textbooks, supplies, and equipment; and provide a subsistence allowance of up to $4,000 per year for each of the four years the scholarship is in effect. Winning and accepting a four-year ROTC scholarship does not preclude accepting other scholarships.
- Three-Year Army ROTC Scholarships. College freshmen apply on campus for all three-year Army ROTC scholarships during January. Winners are announced the following May.
A three-year scholarship will pay up to $20,000 per year toward tuition and required educational fees; provide $600 per semester for textbooks, supplies, and equipment; and provide a subsistence allowance of up to $4,000 per year for each of the three years the scholarship is in effect. Winning and accepting a three-year ROTC scholarship does not preclude accepting other scholarships.
- Two-Year Army ROTC Scholarships. College sophomores, juniors, and seniors can attend the Army ROTC Leaders Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
A two-year LTC scholarship will pay up to $20,000 per year toward tuition and required educational fees; provide $600 per semester for textbooks, supplies, and equipment; and provide a subsistence allowance of up to $4,000 per year for each of the two years the scholarship is in effect. Winning and accepting a two-year ROTC scholarship does not preclude accepting other scholarships.
- Two-Year Reserve Forces Duty Scholarships. Prior service applicants may apply on campus; military reservists may apply on campus or through their Army National Guard or Army Reserve unit. If selected, you will be required to enlist in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves. You will fulfill your obligation in the Army National Guard or Reserves only. If already in the Guard or Reserve, you incur a six-year commitment of military service.
A Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship will pay up to $20,000 per year toward tuition and required educational fees; provide $600 per semester for textbooks, supplies, and equipment; and provide a subsistence allowance of up to $4,000 per year for each of the two years the scholarship is in effect. Winning and accepting a two-year Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship does not preclude accepting other scholarships.
- Additional Information. For more information about Army ROTC scholarships, write to the Department of Military Science, ATTN: Scholarship Officer, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0142; come in person to West Gym (Room 203), UNI campus; or call the Scholarship Advisor at 319-273-6178 or 319-273-6337. For further information see http://www.uni.edu/rotc.
Athletic Scholarships are available for incoming student-athletes as well as returning student-athletes. Athletic scholarships are awarded in amounts up to and including the full cost of tuition and fees, room and board, and course-required books. Athletics scholarships are generally awarded for a period of one academic year; and are renewable each subsequent year in accordance with NCAA and Conference rules. Athletic scholarship recipients are subject to institutional admission requirements as well as NCAA, Conference, and Institutional eligibility requirements. Recommendations for athletic scholarships are made by the head coach of each individual sport program, with approval by the Director of Athletics (or her/his designee). Athletic scholarships are provided in part by the Panther Scholarship Club (contributions), gate receipts, friends of the university, and other special accounts.
Department of Art Scholarships are awarded each year to high school seniors interested in majoring in art. The Annual High School Art Competition occurs each fall. After passing a portfolio review, top applicants are invited to visit the UNI campus for a day of activities and interviews. Scholarships are also available to qualified undergraduate Art students already enrolled at UNI. More information is available online at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/scholarship.shtml and http://www.uni.edu/artdept.
College of Business Administration (CBA). Thanks to the generosity of many donors, CBA majors have the opportunity to apply for approximately seventy-five merit-based scholarships in two types of scholarship programs.
The CBA Freshman Scholarship Day program targets current high school seniors interested in majoring in a CBA discipline at UNI. This program's online application can be found at www.uni.edu/finaid. Students selected to compete for these scholarships are invited to UNI for a day of activities designed to enhance their knowledge of UNI and the CBA. This program is a fall initiative. Interested high school seniors should inquire at their school's guidance office early in the fall semester. The application deadline usually is during the last week of October.
An additional CBA scholarship program is intended for current UNI students majoring in a CBA discpline. The common scholarship application for this program also can be found online at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/. This program is a spring initiative and is publicized throughout the CBA via posters in the Curris Business Building and by e-mails sent to all CBA majors. The deadline for this program usually is mid-February.
Additional information regarding these CBA scholarship programs is available at http://www.cba.uni.edu/services/scholarships/ or by contacting the CBA Dean's Office located in Curris Business Building 325 or by calling 319-273-6240.
Various CBA departments administer other scholarships. These scholarships are publicized by the respective departments where applications are available.
Industrial Technology Department Tuition Scholarships are awarded as funding is available to high school seniors who are planning to major in one of the undergraduate programs offered in the Industrial Technology Department. These scholarships are awarded on the following criteria: ACT scores, grade point average, rank in class, and the competitive interviews that are held on campus.
These scholarships provide base tuition exemption for up to eight semesters for students maintaining a major in the Department of Industrial Technology and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Interested students should follow instructions posted on the university's financial aid scholarship directory, College of Natural Sciences website, or the Department of Industrial Technology website. Additional questions should be directed to the Department of Industrial Technology at 319-273-2561.
CNS Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors in the areas of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, earth science, industrial technology, mathematics, and physics. Each department in the College of Natural Sciences has its own criteria for the scholarships it awards, although, in general the scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic ability. The amount of the scholarships varies from $1,000-$5,000.
UNI Parents Association (UNIPA) Scholarship Program
Five scholarships in the form of tuition grants applied directly to the student's account are awarded annually. One $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student from each of the five undergraduate colleges. Selection is completed in spring and the award realized the following fall semester. Presidential and other full tuition-and-board scholarship winners are not eligible.
To be eligible for consideration a student must a) be a full-time student, b) possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better, c) have completed at least one semester of course work at the University of Northern Iowa, d) be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the time the award is realized, and e) complete the Common Scholarship Application.
For further information, contact the UNI Financial Aid Office at 319-273-2700.
Presidential and Provost Scholarships are awarded by the University Honors Program to high school seniors with a history of outstanding academic performance. Top recipients will be those whose strong academic credentials are matched by personal involvement in leadership and service activities.
Presidential and Provost Scholarships are substantial awards that carry recognition for academic excellence as well as financial support.
For complete information, visit http://www.uni.edu/honors/scholarships or contact the University Honors Program, 2401 College Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0355, 319-273-3175.
University of Northern Iowa Foundation
The UNI Foundation is the official channel through which gifts, both large and small, are given for the benefit of the university. The generosity of alumni and friends of the University of Northern Iowa provides scholarships for eligible students. Students should contact the dean of their college or the Financial Aid Office for specific information on scholarships and selection criteria.