University of Iowa scholarship updates

The University of Iowa is announcing several changes to scholarships effective in fall 2018. Note: scholarships are subject to change each admission cycle.

The changes include the addition of a new Iowa resident scholarship, monetary adjustments for resident and non-resident scholarships, and updates to University of Iowa scholarship policy. Starting in fall 2018, the University of Iowa Office of Admissions will offer the following scholarships:

Iowa Flagship Award 

This award is intended for incoming first year Iowa resident students who have demonstrated an outstanding record of achievement in high school. The award is worth $34,000 (or $8,500 a year for up to four years) provided a student maintains renewal requirements each semester.

Presidential Scholarship 

Extremely high-achieving resident or nonresident students may be invited to apply for our Presidential Scholarship, the University of Iowa’s most prestigious award. Each year, up to twenty of the most promising scholars in our state and country are selected to receive the Presidential Scholarship, which is worth up to $20,000 annually in tuition and fees ($18,500 for Iowa residents).

Old Gold Scholarship 

The Iowa resident Old Gold Scholarship is worth $20,000 ($5,000 a year for up to four years). The non-resident Old Gold Scholarship is worth $40,000 ($10,000 a year for up to four years). The scholarship will be awarded upon admission to students who meet the requirements.

National Scholars Award 

This award has been increased from $5,000 a year to $7,000 a year for up to four years.

Iowa Scholars Award 

This award is now worth $2,500 a year for up to four years.

Additional Scholarships The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal ( The portal has many useful online features and benefits. Students can easily search, review requirements, apply, and accept awards for available scholarship opportunities.

Admitted students should log into the Iowa Scholarship Portal using their HawkID and password. Students not yet admitted can still browse through hundreds of scholarships offered by the UI in our general scholarship listing.

Questions about using the Iowa Scholarship Portal can be referred to

March 1 is the deadline for students to apply for admission in order to be considered for merit-based scholarships. If a student meets requirements for multiple merit-based awards they will be awarded the scholarship with the highest value. Students must meet renewal criteria each semester for their awarded scholarship to continue receiving their award. A full list of scholarships, scholarship and grant policies, and renewal criteria is available on our website at

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