Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Incoming Freshmen

Attending college is one of the biggest investments you will make during your lifetime. UNI is committed to providing the finest education attainable at the lowest cost possible. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships prides itself on assisting families in understanding the financial aid process. View a breakdown of tuition and fees and other costs associated with attending UNI.

Unsure of how to start? View this timeline to help you get started on the path to financial aid.

Want to learn more? Check out the Path to Financial Aid, which contains information regarding timelines, scholarships, and costs associated with attending UNI.  

Applying for Financial Aid

To ensure you receive financial aid to help with the cost of attending UNI, make sure to complete the FAFSA each year you will be attending college. Be sure to list the UNI School Code 001890. 

A tutorial on completing the FAFSA is available online.

Award notifications for new freshmen and transfers go out by mid-January, if you have submitted your FAFSA and provided any necessary documentation. Students must be admitted to the university prior to the creation of an award letter. The financial aid award outlines the various types of aid for which you are eligible, such as grants, scholarships, loans, and/or work-study.

Students can access their financial aid award via MyUNIverse within the Student Center tab. 


Types of Financial Aid

More than 90% of UNI students receive some form of financial aid. Students can receive aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Continue reading for more information about the different types of aid, or check out our webpage on Types of Aid to learn more.

Scholarships

Some scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. You will be notified of your selection for these awards by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. All other scholarships at UNI require the completion of the UNI Scholarship Application.  The application is available starting July 1s every year. Incoming students must apply to UNI before they are eligible to apply for scholarships.

High School Students: Start earning scholarships at UNI throughout your high school career at any time through RaiseMe! 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.

Visit our Scholarships page for more information about all scholarship opportunities at UNI!

Grants

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. Learn more about the different grants available to UNI students.

Loans

The federal government has a variety of federal loan options available for students and parents. We encourage you to review the information about the loans carefully before making any decisions about your loans. Learn more about the different loan options availablePlease remember that loans must be repaid, so only borrow what you need.

Work-study/Student Employment

Many students finance their education though part-time jobs. The University of Northern Iowa offers a variety of employment options. Over 4,100 students work on-campus throughout the year. On-campus employment allows students to quickly become part of the UNI community, in addition to networking with faculty and staff. Hours of employment are extremely flexible, with students typically working 10 – 15 hours per week on campus.

Students do not have to be work-study eligible to work on campus. Students can start searching for jobs by viewing the Online Job Board. Learn more about the different types of employment opportunities.