Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Out-of-State Scholarships for Freshmen

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Admissions Scholarships for Incoming Out-of-State Freshman (for new students entering Fall 2020):

These scholarships are awarded at the time of admissions and do not require an application.  Admissions scholarships can be stacked within the award. 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!

  • UNI Advantage Award: Available to out-of-state students, new from high school. Must maintain out of state residency for continued eligibility. Students must meet both GPA and ACT (or SAT) requirement for additional awards. 

    • $20,000 ($5,000 per year for four years), awarded automatically upon admission

      • This scholarship is renewable by maintaining continuous, full-time enrollment and good academic standing

    • Additional $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years), with a 3.7+ GPA and a 27+ ACT (SAT 1260)

    • Additional $4,000 ($1,000 per year for four years), with a 3.5+ GPA and a 25+ ACT (SAT 1200)

  • Out-of-State Legacy Scholar Award: This $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years) scholarship is awarded if a parent, grandparent of sibling graduated from UNI or a sibling is currently enrolled at UNI. Can be received in addition to receiving the UNI Advantage Award (stackable). Student must maintain out-of-state residency for continued eligibility.

  • UNI-T.E.D Scholarship (UNIfying through Excellence and Diversity): Available to out-of-state, new high school graduates. Can be in received in addition to receiving the UNI Advantage Award (stackable). Students must meet one of the following criteria and a GPA requirement:

    • From 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 program

    • $12,000 ($3,000 per year for four years), GPA 3.7+

    • $10,000 ($2,500 per year for four years), GPA 3.3-3.69

    • $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years), GPA 3.0-3.29

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.

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.


RaiseMe: Begin earning scholarships at UNI throughout your high school career! RaiseMe is an online platform and app that allows you to earn scholarship dollars based on your achievements throughout high school, such as getting good grades and being involved. Dollars can be awarded as scholarships throughout your academic career at UNI. Follow UNI and start earning today.

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.