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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Distance and Off-Campus Education

Thinking about continuing your UNI education outside of Cedar Falls, but wondering about financial aid availability?  UNI offers a variety of academic opportunities through distance education and off-campus coursework. Options include online and desktop video conferencing courses, Study Abroad, National Student Exchange, consortiums with other colleges and more. For a complete list of options please visit Continuing Education and Study Abroad for more details.

Below you will find a list of distance education options through UNI. In order to receive financial aid for distance education coursework students must:

Financial assistance is NOT available for guided independent study courses, Camp Adventure, or audited coursework.

Online classes: Financial aid is available for online (semester-based) courses, provided that the courses are scheduled to be completed within the standard semester (August-December, January-May, summer sessions). Registration for online courses can be completed as normal class registration is done, unless otherwise noted in the schedule of classes. Online courses offered through UNI's Guided Independent Study  (GIS) Program are not eligible for financial aid.

2+2 programs: If you're thinking about changing jobs or careers, you can make a change AND stay in your home community. The UNI 2+2 program is for students who have family priorities and fixed job schedules. 2+2 students take two years of classes at their local community college and the equivalent of two years of UNI courses taught by UNI faculty at the community college or via distance education classes. 2+2 students earn a UNI bachelors degree. UNI partners with community colleges across Iowa to help educate students where they live.

Students who have completed an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree are eligible for the UNI 2+2 program. If this describes you, the first step is to apply for Admission to UNI, indicating that you will be entering a 2+2 program.  You can also check with your community college advisor for the on-location programs offered. 

Students are allowed to receive financial aid from one institution at a time, with your aid being administered by the college that you will ultimately receive your degree from.  If you continue to enroll in community college coursework once you have been admitted into a 2+2 program you may need to complete a consortium agreement through UNI to ensure proper disbursement of financial aid.  The consortium agreement will allow UNI to account for credit hours taken simultaneously at another college.  

The need for a consortium would be determined by the types of financial aid offered.  If offered any amount of grants or scholarships, you would likely want to complete a consortium agreement to ensure full disbursement of those funds.  If you are only awarded loans you would simply need to be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) in order to qualify for the full amount of the loans.  Please contact Colleen Sullivan (, 319-273-7394) in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to determine if a consortium agreement is necessary.  You may also schedule an appointment to complete a consortium by contacting our office at 319-273-2700. Review the following tips to assist in planning your 2+2 program: 2+2 Tips

Study AbroadA world awaits you outside of UNI, the Study Abroad Office can provide you with all of the tools and information you need to get started. Financial aid for studying abroad is available but you'll want to begin planning as early as possible.

Once you have selected your destination you will be provided with a "budget sheet" outlining your estimated expenses for your trip. Bringing the budget sheet to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is your first step to ensuring that you'll have the necessary funding available. Our staff will be able to explain your funding resources and will assist with any other questions you may have.  Review the following tips to assist in planning your exchange: Study Abroad Tips

National Student Exchange:This program allows students the opportunity to attend participating universities throughout the country while paying UNI tuition rates. Financial Aid is available.  Review the following tips to assist in planning your exchange: National Student Exchange Tips.