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Upper Iowa University is committed to making college education as affordable as possible. UIU offers a variety of renewable grants for incoming students.  

Iowa Tuition Grant

A state grant available to eligible Iowa residents pursuing a college degree at a private institution.  This grant is awarded to students from low and middle income families who show financial need and are degree seeking.  The Iowa Tuition grant award amount is based on the amount of credit hours per semester a student is enrolled in.  The annual amount is determined by the Iowa Legislature and can be increased or decreased depending on availability of funds.   

All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant

A state grant for eligible Iowa students who have aged out of Iowa’s foster care system or State Training School.   

Gear UP Iowa

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) Iowa is a grant for low-income and underrepresented students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college.  

Education and Training Voucher

This is federally funded program to provide college students education and training opportunities who are currently or who have been in foster care.  Recipients must make satisfactory academic progress to receive awards.   

Future Ready Grant

A state grant available to eligible Iowa residents pursuing a college degree. Student must be a resident of Iowa and have at least half of the credits completed towards a bachelor’s degree in a program of study aligned with a statewide high-demand job. Students must enroll in at least six semester hours (unless they can complete a degree in less than six semester hours) and must not have been enrolled in college for two academic years before receiving the Future Ready Iowa Grant. Students must also apply for all other available state and federal financial aid. In addition, students must attend orientation, meet with an advisor, remain continuously enrolled and make satisfactory academic progress. Students can receive the Future Ready Iowa Grant for up to four full-time semesters as long as they are making progress towards their first bachelor’s degree and will need to reapply each year. The annual amount is determined by the Iowa Legislature and can be increased or decreased depending on availability of funds  

The Future Ready grant can help you to pay for a number of programs offered at Upper Iowa University including: accounting, business administration and management, computer and information sciences, early childhood special education programs, general management information systems and business data, mathematics, teaching of physical education, registered nursing and social science teacher education. 

STEM Grants – Fayette Campus Only

The UIU Department of STEM and the School of Arts and Sciences have developed external grants in which eligible students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics may receive additional financial support.  Information on how to apply for this grant can be found here:  

Special UIU Grant – Fayette Campus Only

This grant is made available to students who show strong academic promise, are capable of doing satisfactory college-level work, and have financial need, as determined by the FAFSA form.  The amount of remaining financial need will determine the amount of the award.  To be eligible, students must be admitted to UIU as a regular, full-time student and apply for financial assistance. 

Corporate Advantage Partnership Grants

Upper Iowa also has a variety of agreements with corporations that offer their employees tuition grants when taking UIU courses online or attending Upper Iowa at one of 20 education centers in seven states. Employees, spouses and their dependents (up to age 26) are eligible for these grants if their employer is a member of the UIU “Corporate Advantage Program.” UIU also waives student application fees for CAP participants.

The tuition grant varies for each CAP employer based on the number of employees enrolled in UIU annually. For more information, talk to your employer’s HR office or your UIU admission counselor.

Your business not on the list? Contact us about joining CAP.

Military Family Freedom Grant

The Military Family Freedom Grant is for all active duty servicemembers spouses and dependents. This grant extends the $250 per credit hour tuition rate for undergraduate course to the spouses and dependents of active duty servicemembers.

Please contact your advisor for more information.

Patriot Grant

Upper Iowa University offers a grant on tuition to all military personnel (guard, reserve, and retired), as well as their family members who are Department of Defense identification card holders.  This grant also applies to veterans who are eligible for VA Educational Benefits.  For servicemembers utilizing military tuition assistance benefits, the undergraduate tuition rate will not exceed the authorized credit hour rate.

The tuition grant applies to all civilian centers as well as courses taken through the online and self-paced degree programs. Grants do not apply to students on the Fayette campus.

In addition, all UIU educational centers located on military bases will offer a reduced rate on tuition (cost per credit hour).

Contact Us

For more information or to see if you might qualify for grants, contact the UIU Financial Aid Office at 1-800-553-4150 or [email protected]