Attending university does require a financial commitment. But over a lifetime, it's one of the best investments you can make. UNI's tuition is below the national average for both public and private institutions and is consistently ranked among the country's "best buys" in higher education. However, the scholarships below are available to give additional support to international students to ensure that UNI is even more affordable.  

Students must follow the directions to apply (for awards that are not automatic) and can earn more than one scholarship.

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International Excel Award

Freshman and transfer applicants with strong academic backgrounds may qualify for this scholarship with awards ranging from $1,000-$6,000 per year.


  1. Equivalent grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale
  2. Proof of English proficiency
  3. Examples of leadership and service
  4. Submission of Application for Admission and supporting documents
  5. Scholarship Application or completion of the UNI Common Scholarship Application

International Scholars Award

This award is automatically awarded to freshman applicants based on SAT or ACT exam results OR GPA and is renewable for up to four years. 

Two Tiers:

  • $5,000 - 1130 or higher (SAT) or 3.7 GPA
  • $3,000 - 1020-1120 (SAT) or 3.5 GPA

UNIBusiness Scholar Award

Available to new high school graduates majoring in a business program. Students must meet both SAT/ACT and GPA requirements. This award can be received in addition to other scholarships. Students admitted to UNI by January 15 will automatically receive full consideration. No application is needed. 

  • Up to $1000 per year 


UNI Transfer Scholar Award

Automatically awarded to transfer students who enter UNI with a transfer GPA of 3.25 or higher - $1,000 for one year. 

UNI Sister States Scholarship

The value is in the amount of $4,000 per year and is available to all new incoming degree-seeking students including freshman and transfer. Students will be automatically eligible upon proving resident status in one of the sister state regions and by meeting the UNI international admission requirements.

The Iowa Sister States include: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan; Yucatan, Mexico; Hebei Province, China; Terengganu, Malaysia; Stavropol Krai, Russia; Taiwan; Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine; Veneto Region, Italy; and Kosovo.

Information about the Iowa Sister States award can be found here.

Presidential Scholar Award

Award value is $4,000 per year for students in the top 10% of their class, a score of 1340 or above on the new SAT (waived for fall 2021 applicants), and extracurricular activities.

Visit to learn more.

Deadline January 15.


Additional University Scholarships

Enrolled students may apply for scholarships through their academic departments, although many awards are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are for comparatively small amounts. An online scholarship board can be viewed at

Graduate Assistantships & Graduate College Tuition Scholarships

Graduate assistantships and scholarships are offered by some departments on a competitive basis. Graduate students applying for funding must submit an application before the February 1 deadline. Click here to learn more information and access application forms.


There are many job opportunities on the UNI campus for students with student (F) visas or exchange visitor (J) visas to work. The average pay for a student job is $9.20 per hour.  F and J visa holders are not authorized to work off campus as a means of support except under extraordinary circumstances. Potential positions can be seen at the UNI Online Job Board.