Transfer Student Information
Want to transfer to UNI but are unsure of the steps necessary to receive your financial aid? The following information will allow you to better understand financial opportunities for transfer students.
The first step to ensuring that you will receive financial aid is to complete the FAFSA each year that you will be attending college. To complete an online FAFSA you will need to have your Federal Student Aid PIN number (4 digits). If you are unaware of your PIN number you can request a duplicate copy at www.pin.ed.gov. The FAFSA for the upcoming academic year is available January 1. Students should enter the UNI School Code: 001890 to allow your FAFSA results to be submitted to UNI.
NOTE: Students considering a mid-year transfer would want to also complete or update the current year FAFSA. The electronic transfer of FAFSA results can be completed online by logging into an already submitted FAFSA and adding or deleting your School Code.
Transfer students are eligible for grants, scholarships, loans and student employment opportunities based on the results of their FAFSA. Please visit our Types of Aid link to learn more about all forms of financial aid. Financial aid information specific to transfer students is outlined below:
Grants are considered "gift aid" and do not have to be repaid. Eligibility for grants is determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as calculated on the FAFSA. Visit the Grants section (scroll to page 2) to learn more about the various federal, state, and institutional grants available to UNI students.
All students are encouraged to complete the UNIversity Scholarship Application to apply for scholarships offered through UNI. Transfer scholarships to note include:
UNI Roy J. Carver Scholarship: The Roy J. Carver Scholarship is awarded every year to twenty selected UNI students who have pursued their educational goals despite difficult circumstances or obstacles. The scholarship pays $5,200 per year for up to two years of study, provided the student continues to meet all requirements at the University of Northern Iowa. Deadline April 1.
Community College Scholar Awards (awarded upon admission): This is a non-renewable, $1,000 scholarship awarded to students that have 30 transferable hours with a minimum 3.25 GPA or above. The scholarship is awarded on a first come, first served basis, with preference given to students participating in an Admission Partnership Program.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: The PTK Scholarship is renewable for one year with a college GPA of 3.0 or above. 10 awards ($1500) are given to students that have a community college GPA of 3.5 or above, member of or will be inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at the community college, the completion of the PTK Scholarship section on UNIversity Scholarship Application or a paper application from the Office of Admissions, and demonstrated leadership, campus or community involvement.
Phi Theta Kappa All-Iowa Academic: This scholarship is renewable for 1 year with a college GPA of 3.0 or above. $2,000 can be awarded to students named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Iowa Academic Team.
If you are wanting to borrow loans at UNI you will need to accept them on your Financial Aid Award on MyUNIverse. You will also need to complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov. If you have borrowed Direct Loans at your previous college you will not have to complete another Direct Loan Master Promissory Note. If a student is a first-time borrower, they will need to complete Direct Loan promissory notes and entrance counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
Direct Loans that have been borrowed at previous institutions will be automatically deferred once you are officially enrolled at UNI. Be sure to contact all other lenders to inform them that you have transferred and they will provide you with information regarding how your loan can be deferred.
As a transfer student, there exist a number of benefits to student employment at UNI. An on-campus work experience would allow you to quickly become integrated within the UNI community, in addition to networking with faculty and staff. Hours of employment are extremely flexible, with student typically working 10-15 hours per week on campus.
Student employment opportunities can be found at the Online Job Board, where you’ll be able to view both on and off campus, work-study and non-work study opportunities.