Grants are considered "gift aid" and do not have to be repaid. Eligibility for grants is determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as calculated on the FAFSA. Visit the information below to learn more about the various federal, state, and institutional grants available to UIU students.

Iowa Tuition Grant

Iowa Tuition Grants are awarded to Iowa residents enrolled at one of Iowa's eligible private colleges and universities. Priority is given to applicants with the greatest financial need. The statutory maximum award is set at $6,000, although the maximum award for an academic year may be less depending on the funding available and number of projected recipients. Recipients can receive grants for up to four years of full-time, undergraduate study. Part-time students may be eligible for adjusted amounts.

Pell Grant

The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to determine a student’s financial eligibility, otherwise known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your SAR contains this number, in the upper right portion of page 1. This number will determine if you are eligible for a Pell Grant and for how much. Awards are prorated for students enrolling less than full time.

Generally, Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. (A professional degree is usually earned after earning a bachelor's degree in a field such as medicine, law, or dentistry.) In some cases, you might receive a Pell Grant for attending a post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Federal need-based grant for families with EFC's between 0-1000. The maximum award is $1,000. (Funds are limited.)


Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a high need field in a low income school. Due to federal sequestration, the maximum TEACH Grant is currently $3,708 for the academic year.

Emergency Funding Grant (Fayette students)

Upper Iowa University received a grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to assist residential Campus students with emergency funding. Eligible students may receive a one-time grant for up to $1000 to help cover emergency expenses that arise.