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How to Apply for Financial Aid

General Information

The first step in determining your eligibility for financial aid funds is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an information gathering tool used by all colleges and universities when determining a student's eligibility for federal and/or state financial aid funds. The FAFSA can be completed free of charge at In order for Upper Iowa to receive access to your FAFSA, you must include UIU's school code (001893) on your FAFSA application.

Before your eligibility for financial aid funds can be determined, you must be accepted to UIU as a degree-seeking student. If you have not done so already, the application for admission can be completed online.

Additional Resources

To help you budget properly, the Department of Education provides several calculators for budgeting and repayment options.


Below is a playlist of videos produced by the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid. Watch one or all of them for helpful information and tips on applying for assistance for your college career.

Overview of the
Financial Aid Process

Overview of the financial aid process

FAFSA Overview

FAFSA overview

Determining Your
Dependency Status

FAFSA: Determining your dependency status

Federal Student
Aid -- Myths About
Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid - Myths about financial aid 

How to Fill
out the FAFSA

 How to fill out the FAFSA

 About the FAFSA

 About the FAFSA

Tips for a Smooth Application Process

  1. Apply early, read the information sent to you, and respond quickly to requests for additional documents. Some sources of funding are limited, so completing your financial aid file early will provide you with the best opportunity to receive funding from these sources.
  2. Keep copies of your application and materials in a file with other important papers.
  3. UIU sends all important information via email, so read and respond to emails regularly. If you have been assigned a UIU email address ( you will need to check this email as well.
  4. The Financial Aid Office uses NetPartner to provide students with information regarding their financial aid status. This is not to be confused with myUIU, which is used by all other UIU offices. When your completed FAFSA information has been received by the Financial Aid Office, you will receive information on how to access NetPartner.


If you have questions, send us an email, call, or visit the UIU location that you plan to attend (Fayette Campus, Academic Extension (including Center/Online) or Self-Paced Degree Program). 


Last Updated 4/17/15