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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Resources and Services

There are many online resources to help you determine the types of financial aid you qualify for, how much you should borrow, and how to become eligible.  Below are a few resources related to the financial aid process.  You can always call or stop at the Office of Student Financial Aid should you have questions about your financial aid at the University of Northern Iowa.

National Student Loan Data System

The National Student Loan Data System is the U.S. Department of Education’s central database for student aid. This database allows students to see any federal loans borrowed or federal grants received. After accessing the website, select Financial Aid Review and prompt the student to enter their identifying information (if the student needs a duplicate pin, visit www.pin.ed.gov).

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Filing the FAFSA is required of all students who wish to receive federal grants, loans, or work study.  The application guides students through a series of questions about the student’s dependency status, student finances, parent finances, and school selection. Once the information is complete and the FAFSA is filed, the student’s financial need is determined, allowing the Office of Student Financial Aid to award their aid.

Federal Student Aid

The Federal Student Aid website is a student’s source of information from the U.S. Department of Education about how to manage their student loans.  Students can sign into their account to view their Direct Loan documents, complete entrance counseling, sign a master promissory note, or complete the PLUS loan request process.  This website also provides resources for repaying student loans, repayment plans and calculators, deferring loans, and loan forgiveness.

FinAid- The Smart Guide to Financial Aid

FinAid offers a variety of planning tools about scholarships, loans, grants, savings, and military aid.  Students can use this site to learn more about financial aid, calculate their repayment, or decide if consolidation is the right option for them. 

What does it mean to "live like a student?"

Living like a student means that you must make responsible decisions regarding money…

$ Budget and have financial goals.
Budgeting is one of the fundamental principles of money management, and while it seems simple, it must be a conscious decision that guides you on a daily basis.

$ Live within your means.
Don't spend more money than you have. Purchases with credit are similar to taking a loan in that they must be repaid with interest.

$ Understand how actions today will affect your financial future.
Act responsibly regarding student loans, bill paying and the use of credit cards. Your choices today could impact your ability to live the lifestyle you desire upon graduation.

Need help determining how you can "live like a student?"

A variety of services and programs are available to assist you in starting your financial future. Visit www.uni.edu/finaid to register for non- credit classes. Call 319-273-2700 to schedule a program or an individual counseling appointment.

$ Live Like A Student Courses:
Three- week courses (non- credit) are offered throughout the semester at a variety of times. Attendees will explore the concepts of personal budgeting, credit and credit cards, student loans, and identity protection. Students attending a "Live Like a Student" course will have the opportunity to enter their name in a drawing during each class they attend (maximum of six entries). Three $500 scholarships will be awarded each semester. Notification of the award will be included within the student's award package.

$ One-on-One Money Management Counseling:
Obtain personalized budgeting assistance, information about your award notification and bill, and much more.  Appointments can be made by emailing fin-aid@uni.edu.

$ Group/Organizational Workshops:
Looking for a great informational session for students? Programs can be designed for the specific needs of the group.  Presentations such as Holidays on a Budget, Scholarships, Budgeting, and much more are available upon request. 

What other students are saying…

"I gained useful knowledge about creating a better budget for myself, how to choose the right credit cards, and what to do if my identity is stolen."

"I feel more conscious of what I buy and I think I might continue journaling my spending."

"I actually expected it to be a bit on the boring side, but it wasn't at all. I loved how we all got to ask ANY questions we had and they were answered."

"This class should be mandatory. We could open a lot of people's eyes because a lot of students believe they know a lot, but they don't and they just don't understand if they mess up now it'll effect their future."

"I came into this course expecting my parents to take care of everything for me, but I now understand how I can financially take care of myself."

Transit Online Tutorials 

Free, online financial literacy modules are available at Transit. Modules include savings, investing, credit and credit cards, financing college, insurance, taxes, renting vs. owning, and much more!

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