Chase your dreams with the financial aid to catch them.

Ninety percent of new UNI students receive some form of financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and/or work-study. While the amount given to each student depends on their unique situation, there’s comfort in knowing students have the support to kickstart a successful future. What’s more, we have financial aid counselors ⁠ready to assist you through the process. So, let’s check out your options and help you chase – and catch – those dreams.

Types of Financial Aid

23.5+ million
awarded in scholarships
each year.
5,600+ students
work on campus at UNI.
UNI students
carry among the lowest student loan debt for Iowa four-year colleges.

By now, you may have heard of something called FAFSA — the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. By filing a FAFSA, you’ll be applying for funding for your education, based on your financial need. 

Students must apply for financial aid each year through the FAFSA. The FAFSA becomes available at studentaid.gov on October 1 for the following academic year. The UNI priority FAFSA date is January 15 each year, and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Although students can apply for financial aid throughout the year, funding for some programs may be depleted before a student is awarded.

Complete the FAFSA online at studentaid.gov

To file you will need:

  • Student FSAID*
  • Parent FSAID*
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s license
  • Current bank statements
  • Investment records, etc.
  • Your 2019 Federal tax return
  • Parents’ 2019 Federal tax return (or spouse, if married)
  • W-2 forms and other records of money earned in 2019

*Before the FAFSA can be completed electronically, all students and parents need a FSA ID (a username and password). Apply for your FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. 

Once you have submitted your FAFSA, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will receive the results within 5 to 7 business days. Initial Financial Aid Awards are available via MyUNIverse (in the Student Center) for students with complete records in early spring. When reviewing your award, evaluate how much financial aid needs to be accepted. Accept, reduce or decline the financial aid offered within the Financial Aid Award.

If your current financial situation has changed since the tax year required for the FAFSA, we encourage you to review our information on Special Circumstances.

Helpful FAFSA Information

From The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)


Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid

Application Help for Applicants in Unique Situations 
(Single Parents, Foster Youth, Temporary Assistance for Needy Family Recipients, Wards of the Court, etc.)