The Advantage Iowa Scholarship is for incoming first-year students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who are from historically underrepresented populations (African American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, Multiracial) at the University of Iowa; or who have participated in a federally funded Upward Bound program.

This 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 (only incoming first-year students may apply, and transfer students are not eligible). 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 the financial need to be considered for the increase. Funds are limited, and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible starting October

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.

How to Apply

Eligible students will receive a link to apply for the Advantage Iowa Award via their Admissions Profile in MyUI.

Renewal Criteria

Your Advantage Iowa Scholarship may be discontinued if you do not meet all of the following:

  • Maintain a 2.0 UI cumulative grade-point average and a 2.0 semester GPA each semester.
  • Maintain continuous enrollment each fall and spring semester.
  • Earn at least 24 semester hours each academic year.
  • If enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), meet with your Academic Advising Center advisor twice in the fall semester and twice in the spring semester during your first year. A student enrolled in other colleges should meet with their academic advisor as required by their college.
  • Meet once each semester during your first year with a Center for Diversity & Enrichment Academic Coach or TRIO SSS Success Coach (if you are a TRIO SSS participant).
  • Enroll in and successfully complete any one of the courses during your first semester of enrollment: a First-Year Seminar, CSI:1100 College Transition Seminar. If applicable, the following courses also count: college of enrollment's direct admit seminar, Honors First-Year Seminar, or TRIO SSS Steps to Success for TRIO course.
  • File the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for need-based Advantage Iowa, file the FAFSA by the December 1st priority deadline each year.