Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Out-of-State Scholarships for Freshmen

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Admissions Scholarships for Incoming Out-of-State Freshman:

These scholarships are awarded at the time of admissions and do not require an application.  Admissions scholarships can be stacked within the award (unless noted otherwise). For example, a student could receive multiple Admissions Based Scholarships if they are eligible for each of them.

All scholarships require continuous, full-time enrollment for renewal, along with a college cumulative GPA of 2.5 unless otherwise noted.

All incoming out-of-state freshman are eligible for a $5,000 automatic scholarship upon their admission to UNI! Read below for more information on our UNI Advantage Award!

Applicants applying directly from high school for Fall 2021 will be automatically considered for scholarships listed below. Scholarships are renewable with a 2.5 GPA and continuous full-time enrollment. Must maintain out of state residence for continued eligibility.

Incoming Freshmen - Out of State Residents







UNI Advantage Award for Out of State Residents

$20,000 ($5,000/year for 4 years) No ACT/SAT/GPA requirements
Advantage Scholars Award Add up to $8,000 if you meet requirements below
+ $8,000 ($2,000/year for 4 years) 3.7 - 4.0+ GPA AND 27+ ACT (1260+ SAT)
+ $4,000 ($1,000/year for 4 years) >3.5 - 3.69 GPA AND 25+ ACT (1200+ SAT)

Panther Success Award^

$6,000 ($1,500/year for 4 years) 3.9 - 4.0+ GPA -
$5,000 ($1,250/year for 4 years) 3.75 - 3.89 GPA -
$4,000 ($1,000/year for 4 years) 3.6 - 3.74 GPA –
Eligible students may also receive:

UNI-T.E.D Scholarship for Out of State Residents*

$12,000 ($3,000/year for 4 years) 3.7 - 4.0+ GPA
$10,000 ($2,500/year for 4 years) 3.3 - 3.69 GPA
$8,000 ($2,000/year for 4 years) 3.0 - 3.29 GPA

Out of State Legacy Scholar Award

$8,000 ($2,000/year for 4 years) For students whose parent, grandparent, or sibling graduated from UNI or sibling is currently enrolled at UNI.

*To qualify for the UNI-T.E.D. Scholarship students must identify as being part of a traditionally underrepresented population (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or Multiracial) OR have participated in a TRIO or AVID program.

^ Panther Success and the additional Advantage Scholars Award ($1,000-2,000/year) are not stackable.

The UNI Scholarship Application is yet another way for students to be considered for scholarships.  This streamlined application allows students to apply for hundreds of scholarships within one application. The UNI Scholarship Application is open every July 1st and has a priority of January 15th ever year. View the chart for awarding additional scholarships that require completion of the UNI Scholarship Application: Path to Financial Aid (PDF). 

Important Notes:

  • Students can still complete the application following the priority deadline.  Consideration of late applications would be done in the event that scholarships are still available.  

  • Scholarship selection is competitive; not all applicants will receive a scholarship. 

  • Scholarships require full-time enrollment and maintaining specific grade point requirements. 

  • The UNI Scholarship Application allows both current and incoming students to apply for scholarships available in specific majors and other University departments. Incoming students must apply to UNI before they are eligible to apply for scholarships. Many additional scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. 

  • The UNI Scholarship Directory is also a helpful tool designed to assist students in searching for scholarships.

CAPS Program

Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) for out of state students 

Outside Scholarships:

You may also be eligible for need-based and non-need-based scholarships from other sources. Begin your search while in high school and apply for any scholarship which you are eligible for. Ask your counselor about any hometown scholarships. Also, ask any organizations you belong to if they offer scholarships.


We participated with RaiseMe through June 2021. Although we are no longer awarding new students micro-scholarships, we are honoring all previously awarded RaiseMe recipients their four year scholarships.