Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships


Keep an eye out for exciting changes starting for the Fall of 20 Incoming Student Scholarships!

Scholarships Awarded at UNI 

The University of Northern Iowa offers scholarships each year to deserving students, on the basis of merit and/or achievement.  Applying for scholarships at UNI has never been easier.  

Incoming students will be considered for a variety of scholarships upon admission.  Each of the following scholarships remain available to newly admitted students who meet the criteria: Distinguished Scholars Award, UNI-T.E.D. Scholarship, Out of State Scholars Award, Out of State Legacy Award, and Good Neighbor Award. 

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

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.

Are you participating in any of the following academic programs?  Learn more about how you can earn scholarships through UNI and RaiseMe:

Cedar Falls Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)

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

Iowa STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers)

Waterloo Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways

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.

UNI Scholarship Application

UNI Scholarship Directory

Incoming Freshmen

Transfer Students

Multicultural Students

Off-Campus Scholarships

Current Undergraduate Students

  • For the upcoming year, be sure to complete the UNI Scholarship Application The application is available between July 1 and April 1. Be sure to renew your FAFSA starting October 1 to be considered for need-based scholarships.
  • UNI Sophomores can apply for the Roy J. Carver Scholarship. Deadline April 1.

Graduate Students

  • Graduate students should visit the Graduate College and their department regarding scholarship opportunities

Scholarship Resources for Faculty and Staff

Scholarship FAQ's

General Scholarship Policy Information