Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Resources and Services

Personal Finance Resources

Live Like a Student: Live Like a Student is a financial literacy course taught by staff in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Students attend 6 sessions to learn information about budgeting, financial goal setting, credit, and much more.

Panther CashCourse: Panther CashCourse is a free, online financial literacy course offered through eLearning and the CashCourse website. It includes articles, learning modules, quizzes, and calculators.

Financial Literacy Month: The month of April is dedicated to a variety of sessions helping you take control of your finances.

Personal Financial Management: Learn more information and gather tools to assist with budgeting, financial goal setting, credit, and others.


Financial Aid Resources

There are many online resources to help you determine the types of financial aid you qualify for, how much you should borrow, and how to become eligible.  Below are a few resources related to the financial aid process.  You can always call or stop at the Office of Student Financial Aid should you have questions about your financial aid at the University of Northern Iowa.

National Student Loan Data System: The National Student Loan Data System is the U.S. Department of Education’s central database for student aid. This database allows students to see any federal loans borrowed or federal grants received. After accessing the website, select Financial Aid Review and prompt the student to enter their identifying information (if the student needs to reset their FSA ID, visit

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): Filing the FAFSA is required of all students who wish to receive federal grants, loans, or work study.  The application guides students through a series of questions about the student’s dependency status, student finances, parent finances, and school selection. Once the information is complete and the FAFSA is filed, the student’s financial need is determined, allowing the Office of Student Financial Aid to award their aid.

Federal Student Aid: The Federal Student Aid website is a student’s source of information from the U.S. Department of Education about how to manage their student loans.  Students can sign into their account to view their Direct Loan documents, complete entrance counseling, sign a master promissory note, or complete the PLUS loan request process.  This website also provides resources for repaying student loans, repayment plans and calculators, deferring loans, and loan forgiveness.

FinAid- The Smart Guide to Financial Aid: FinAid offers a variety of planning tools about scholarships, loans, grants, savings, and military aid.  Students can use this site to learn more about financial aid, calculate their repayment, or decide if consolidation is the right option for them.

Transit Online Tutorials: Free, online financial literacy modules are available at Transit. Modules include savings, investing, credit and credit cards, financing college, insurance, taxes, renting vs. owning, and much more!