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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Types of Aid


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. 

Federal, State and Institutional grant descriptions and awarding parameters


The University of Northern Iowa offers scholarships each year to deserving students on the basis of merit and/or achievement. Many scholarships consider financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students can begin searching for scholarships by visiting the UNI Scholarship Directory.  Scholarship selection is competitive and not all applicants will receive a scholarship. Scholarships require full-time enrollment and a minimum grade point average. Renewal of University scholarships may require any or all of the following: minimum grade point average, financial need, major, and annual completion of the UNI Scholarship Application

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Scholarships

Some scholarships at the University of Northern Iowa are awarded at the time of admission.  Visit our comprehensive Scholarship Chart for more details on available scholarships and eligibility criteria.  You will be notified of your selection for these awards by the Office of Student Financial Aid. All other scholarships at UNI require the completion of the UNIScholarship Application.  This allows students to apply for scholarships available in specific majors and University departments. The deadline for most scholarships is February 15, and the application is available from September until April 1. Be sure to check back in September each year so that you can begin the application process early for the upcoming school year.

Hometown Scholarships

Start your scholarship early in your high school career. Search within your high school and community for additional scholarships. Check into opportunities with your high school guidance office, places of employment, civic or religious organizations and businesses in the community. Scholarship searches can also be completed on a national level or Please remember that all scholarship searches should be free of charge. Be wary if fees are requested during the scholarship search process.

If you have been awarded an outside scholarship information must be submitted to our office.  This can be done via your financial aid award (found within the Student Center tab of MyUNIverse) or by email at

Local/hometown scholarship organizations can use donor form when sending checks for students who have been awarded a scholarship.

Current Student Scholarships

The UNI Scholarship Application is your online resource for searching and applying for scholarships at the University of Northern Iowa. Be sure to begin your search and application process early and check carefully for scholarship deadlines. The deadline for most scholarships is January 15, and the application is available between September and April 1. Be sure to check back in September each year so that you can begin the application process early for the upcoming school year.

Graduate students should check with the Graduate College and their academic department to inquire about and apply for graduate scholarship opportunities.


The federal government has a variety of federal loan options available for students and parents, and we encourage you to review the following information carefully before making any decisions about your loans. If you have previously borrowed federal student loans at the University of Northern Iowa or another postsecondary institution, you should begin by reviewing your borrowing history at using your FAFSA PIN. This will give you a better idea of how much you have borrowed to date and what your repayments might look like after graduation. Most importantly, remember that these are loans and they must be repaid, so borrow only what you need.

Federal Perkins Loans

Federal Direct Loans

Federal Direct PLUS Loans

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

Private Education Loans

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

Student Employment

Wanting to earn some extra money or find a job that will provide an opportunity to expand your skill sets? The Online Job Board is your one stop search tool, designed to assist students in their search for student employment opportunities, both on and off-campus. Wage rates are competitive and students are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Visit the UNI Student Employment page to learn more about the exciting opportunities that await.