Scholarship FAQ's

Are scholarships renewable?

Renewal of University scholarships may require maintaining any or all of the following: minimum grade point average, financial need, major, Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)  and or annual completion and submission of the UNI Scholarship Application.  Refer to your scholarship offer letter specific renewal criteria. 

What is an outside or off-campus scholarship?

Scholarships that are awarded from local community, organizations, and other private sources are considered outside or off-campus scholarships. Students receiving scholarships from outside sources must report outside scholarships by logging into MyUNIverse, click on the Go to My Student Center link, and then click on the "Report Other Financial Aid" link.

Why do I notify the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships an off-campus scholarship?

  • Federal regulations require that scholarship(s) be included in your financial aid package. Scholarships may reduce or replace a portion of your financial aid award. Loans are the first item to be adjusted on your financial aid award.

If I receive an off-campus scholarship, what do I do?

  • Report outside scholarships by logging into MyUNIverse, click on the Go to My Student Center link, and then click on the "Report Other Financial Aid" link.

  • Scholarship checks are usually made out to you and to UNI. All scholarship check(s), co-payable or not, should be turned in to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, 105 Gilchrist Hall, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0024.  When submitting scholarship checks to UNI please endorse the check and include your student ID number.  

  • Scholarship amounts will be split evenly between semesters.

  • Submitting scholarship checks to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships by July 31 allows you to receive credit for your scholarship on the first fall university bill. For crediting of scholarships to the first spring semester bill, the checks should be received by December 15.

My donor needs to see my billing history, how do I get it?

  • The University of Northern Iowa does not bill donors. If the donor of your scholarship requires notification of billing, you can go to MyUNIverse and print your billing history.  Navigate to your Student Center by logging into MyUNIverse, click on the Go to my Student Center link, within the Finances section you'll find a dropdown menu that will include Account Activity.

My donor needs proof that I am enrolled, how do I get it?

  • If a donor requires verification of enrollment, contact the Registrar's Office at (319) 273-2241. You may also go to MyUNIverse and print your class schedule if acceptable to the scholarship donor.  Navigate to your Student Center by logging into MyUNIverse, click on the Go to my Student Center link, within the Academic section click on My Academics to view your class schedule.

What procedures are suggested for scholarship donors?

  • Make check payable to the University of Northern Iowa. Include the student's name and UNI ID number on the memo line or with the accompanying letter.

  • If you'd like, you may click here for a donor form to print out and send to our office to accompany your scholarship check.

  • Consider your canceled check your receipt. If you or your organization needs verification of this credit to the student's account, you should ask the student to send you a copy of his/her billing history.

  • For scholarships to credit to the student's first bill for the fall semester, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships should receive checks by July 31. For crediting of scholarships to the first spring semester bill, the checks should be received by December 15.

Why doesn't my scholarship show up on my u-bill?

  • Scholarships post to your bill after the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships receives the check. Scholarships credit your account in two parts - 1/2 to the fall semester and 1/2 to the spring semester.

  • Scholarships automatically credit your account when you're enrolled full time (12 hours if an undergraduate and 9 hours if a graduate student).

  • Make sure you have fulfilled all the requirements asked by your donor when you received the scholarship.

  • While waiting for your scholarship to credit your account, you are responsible for paying the balance due using other sources.

Should I thank my scholarship donor?

  • Absolutely, as soon as you receive notice of your scholarship award, you should write a thank-you note to your scholarship donor.

What happens to my scholarship if I withdraw from UNI?

  • If you withdraw from classes, the unused funds are returned to the donor. You will need to inform the donor of your future plans.