Diversity & Financial Aid

In addition to the opportunities listed below, the best resource for information about financial aid is the Office of Student Financial Aid. Some types of aid, such as loans and work-study, are available to all students who qualify based on completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Also available to qualifying students is the Iowa First Nations In-State Tuition Program. Members of tribes and nations historic to the state of Iowa may attend the University of Iowa at resident tuition rates, regardless of where they live. 

Opportunities for Undergraduate Students (Including Pre-Pharmacy Students)

  • Grants are a type of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Federal grant programs available to eligible students include the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).
  • The Iowa Minority Academic Grants for Economic Success (IMAGES) is a state funded grant. Eligible students must be an Iowa resident and must meet specified minority status.
  • The Advantage Iowa Award is for first-year undergraduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents and whose enrollment will contribute to a diverse learning environment. Selection criteria include race/ethnic background, socioeconomic factors, whether the student is a first-generation college student (parents have not graduated from college), and participation in a federal TRIO program. Awards are based on academic achievement. Eligible students are considered automatically upon admission. Value of the award ranges from $2,000 to full tuition. Advantage Iowa Award may increase if the student demonstrates need through the financial aid process. 

Opportunities for Professional Students 

  • The College of Pharmacy Opportunity Scholarship is awarded to first through fourth year PharmD students, with a maximum award of $5,000. The scholarship is awarded based on an essay written by the student which addresses how their background contributes to diversity, an experience they have had that has lead them to value diversity, economic or social barriers they have overcome to obtain their education, how they would enrich the academic environment of the College of Pharmacy, their service and contribution to the community, or their leadership activities. 

Opportunities for Graduate Students

  • Most doctoral students are admitted with some type of financial support in the form of a teaching or research assistantship. Teaching assistantships require English proficiency. Research assistantships are funded by college funds and individual professors' grants. Students who hold an assistantship qualify for in-state tuition and waivers. Please contact the Office of Research and Graduate Affairs for more information.