Many students who are considering attending the University of Iowa wonder how to fund their studies. One of the easiest ways to make your college experience more affordable is to obtain a scholarship to defray or cover the cost of your college education. As a first step, consider filling out the FAFSA application. This form will quickly tell you whether you have qualified for any federal or state funding that can help you afford college. A wonderful second step is to explore the scholarships that are offered through the University of Iowa. Below is a list of some of the scholarships that University of Iowa offers to incoming and current students:
Provost Scholarship: This award is one of the top awards offered at University of Iowa. It is awarded to students who have been designated as National Hispanic Scholars or National Merit finalists who pick Iowa as their top choice school. The scholarship provides each recipient with a total award of $12,000, which is dispersed in $3,000 increments over a four-year period.
Iowa Advantage Award: This scholarship is open to students who are residents or citizens of the United States and who will be entering college for the first time. In order to be considered, the applicant must come from a minority background or must have taken part in an Upward Bound program. Students are judged based on academic merit. Each student who is admitted to Iowa is automatically considered for this scholarship and as such, you do not need to require a separate application form. However, you do need to submit your FAFSA results. The exact amount of the award ranges from $2,000 to $8,000. Additional information about the Advantage Award and the Provost Scholarship can be found here.
Presidential Scholarship (International): Students who are planning to attend the University of Iowa who are not residents of the U.S. face unique challenges with affording their education. As a result, the university offers the Presidential Scholarship to assist academically talented students afford a college degree. This scholarship provides recipients with $40,000, which is broken up into four awards of $10,000 per year. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must be planning to enroll in Iowa for the first semester of college. Additionally, students must hold at least a 3.85 grade point average and have achieved at least a 32 or higher on their ACT. In order to renew this award, students must have at least a 3.33 college grade point average. A separate application is required and students should submit their materials prior to November 28th. Additional information about this award, and other scholarships for international students, is available at this link.
Transfer students can also find a number of scholarships to help them afford the cost of their new school. Transfer students should check out the options on this website, which include awards that range from $2,000 to $3,000. Additional funding opportunities are available through individual departments and colleges at Iowa.