Advantage Iowa Scholars

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Congratulations on your academic achievements! Based on your your high school GPA and test scores you are eligible to receive the Advantage Iowa Award, which is a merit-based scholarship for students from diverse backgrounds. To complete the application, please apply for the Advantage Iowa award via your Admissions Profile in MyUI. The Office of Admissions, in conjunction with the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, will review your award application. If awarded, you will be eligible for the AI Award for four years or until you receive your bachelor’s degree (whichever comes first), as long as you meet the renewal criteria specified below. The Advantage Iowa Award is granted independently of other academic awards and may be added to other awards you receive.

Advantage Iowa Awards may increase if your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is filed by December 1. You must demonstrate financial need to be considered for the increase. Funds are limited, and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible starting October 1. You must file your FAFSA each year by the December 1 priority filing deadline to be considered for this additional need-based aid. Need-based awards can vary each year if your family’s financial situation changes.

To be considered for the award, apply using the link in your Admissions Profile in MyUI. The application will need to be completed in one sitting since you will be unable to save and return to it later.  Once your application is submitted, the Office of Admissions and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment will review your submission materials and determine your award eligibility, if any.

Renewal Criteria

The Advantage Iowa Award is given to incoming first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who are from historically underrepresented populations (African American, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, Multiracial) at the University of Iowa; or who have participated in a federally funded Upward Bound program. Once awarded, to retain your Advantage Iowa Award, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment at the University of Iowa.
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative and semester University of Iowa grade-point average at the end of each semester.
  • Earn 12 credit hours in the fall and 12 credit hours in the spring. If you drop below 12 credit hours in any fall or spring semester, you will not be eligible for scholarship renewal.
  • Meet once each semester with a staff member from the Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) during your first year.
  • Meet with an academic advisor in accordance with program requirements based on your undergraduate major. Students enrolled in CLAS are expected to meet with their CLAS advisors 3 times in the fall and 2 times in the spring.
  • Enroll in and successfully complete an approved first-year seminar or college transitions course.
  • To be considered for additional need-based Advantage Iowa funding, file your FAFSA no later than the December 1 priority filing deadline each year.