Paying for College

Yes, what you have heard is true--college does require a substantial financial commitment. But over a lifetime, it's one of the best investments you can make. UNI is consistently ranked among the country's "best buys" in higher education. We'll be happy to discuss finances with you and your parents. Our Financial Aid Office wants to help you make your education affordable.

  • Cost - Learn more about the cost structure to attend UNI. Details related to tuition and mandatory fees, as well as room and board rates can be found here.
    • To estimate the net price to attend the University of Northern Iowa visit the Net Price Calculator. Here you will be able to view an estimated financial aid award and the average Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for your income level.

  • Types of Aid - A variety of types of financial aid may be available to assist you in funding your education. This page will allow you to learn more about grants, scholarshipsloans, and student employment opportunities.

  • How to Apply for Aid - Nearly 80% of students apply for financial aid at UNI. Discover the how easy the process is from applying for a PIN, all the way through accepting your award.

  • Timeline - View the timeline to become aware of when you should apply for scholarships, file for your FAFSA application, and when your U-Bill is due.

Scholarship Deadlines 
Not sure where or how to begin your scholarship search? For scholarship consideration, complete the UNI Scholarship Application. This one application allows both current and incoming students to apply for scholarships available in specific majors and other University departments. Start your search now, as scholarship deadlines can vary.  The most common deadline for scholarships is January 15.  The UNI Scholarship Directory is also a helpful tool designed to assist students in searching for scholarships.