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    Top 44 Iowa Scholarships in May 2024

    Written by Qiyam Stewart

    Qiyam Stewart a former Scholarships360 writer who focuses on scholarships and financial aid. As an Admissions Fellow at Kenyon College, Qiyam has worked in the admissions office and interviewed prospective high school students applying to Kenyon. Qiyam currently attends Kenyon College as a Philosophy major and double concentration in Law & Society and African Diaspora Studies.

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    Updated: May 4th, 2024

    Do you want your college experience to be the best thing since sliced bread? Iowa is the birthplace of sliced bread, and our list of Iowa scholarships could help earn you some college dough! Listed below are some excellent scholarship opportunities for your academic journey in Iowa!

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    Iowa Tuition Grant

    Offered by Iowa College Aid

    Multiple awards worth up to $6,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Iowa College Aid

    Are you a current undergraduate student from Iowa attending an in-state, private college or university? If so, you may be eligible for the Iowa Tuition…Show More

    Are you a current undergraduate student from Iowa attending an in-state, private college or university? If so, you may be eligible for the Iowa Tuition…Show More

    Are you a current undergraduate student from Iowa attending an in-state, private college or university? If so, you may be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $6,000 to current Iowa undergraduates who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by July 1. If you're an Iowa resident attending a private university in your home state, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $6,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest

    Offered by Regions Bank

    4 awards worth $8,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Regions Bank

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year?…Show More

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year?…Show More

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year? If so, you may be eligible for the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest! Each quarter, the contest awards $8,000 to the top four (4) applicants who submit an essay (500 words or less) or a video (3 minutes or less) about how someone they know has (1) inspired them and (2) given them the confidence to achieve their goals. The scholarship is offered four times a year, with deadlines every March, June, September, and December. Bear in mind that applicants must also reside in a state with Regions Bank full-service branches to apply. To find out whether or not your state is eligible, keep on reading. If it is, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    4 awards worth $8,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Iowa Merit Awards for Dramatic Performance

    Offered by The Donna Reed Foundation

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

    Offered by The Donna Reed Foundation

    Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior from Iowa with a passion for the performing arts? If so, consider applying for the Iowa…Show More

    Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior from Iowa with a passion for the performing arts? If so, consider applying for the Iowa…Show More

    Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior from Iowa with a passion for the performing arts? If so, consider applying for the Iowa Merit Awards for Dramatic Performance! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $1,000 to multiple aspiring actors from Iowa high schools who are (1) studying acting and (2) have acted in official school productions sometime in the past two years. If you're eligible, we encourage you to apply and let your talent take center stage! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
    Get Started

    Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    SFM Foundation Scholarship

    Offered by SFM Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $15,000
    Deadline Mar 31, 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by SFM Foundation

    Are you a college student whose parent(s) were left disabled or killed while working for Minnesota or Iowa employers? If so, consider applying for the…Show More

    Are you a college student whose parent(s) were left disabled or killed while working for Minnesota or Iowa employers? If so, consider applying for the…Show More

    Are you a college student whose parent(s) were left disabled or killed while working for Minnesota or Iowa employers? If so, consider applying for the SFM Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship is open to the dependents of workers left injured or killed in work-related accidents in Iowa and Minnesota. Applicants should also be high school graduates (or GED holders) and be pursuing a postsecondary degree or certificate. Every year, the scholarship awards between $1,000 and $15,000 to multiple applicants for use toward tuition, books, and fees. If you're a post-secondary student whose parent was left disabled or fatally injured while working for Minnesota or Iowa employers, and you're looking for help funding your education, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $15,000
    Deadline Mar 31, 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the legacy of Elaine Chapin by providing financial support to students impacted by multiple sclerosis, whether directly or…Show More

    The Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the legacy of Elaine Chapin by providing financial support to students impacted by multiple sclerosis, whether directly or…Show More

    The Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the legacy of Elaine Chapin by providing financial support to students impacted by multiple sclerosis, whether directly or as a family member. Applications are accepted from November 1st to April 30th, with scholarships up to $1,000 awarded to deserving students. To be eligible, applicants must be US citizens who are currently or will soon be enrolled in an accredited college, university, vocational, or technical school within 300 miles of Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund's St. Louis (Missouri) offices. Recipients will be chosen based on financial need, academic standing, and the impact of multiple sclerosis on their lives. If you're an eligible incoming or current post-secondary student whose life has been impacted by multiple sclerosis, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Iowa Scholarships for the Arts

    Offered by Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

    Multiple awards worth $3,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

    Are you an Iowa high school senior with a passion for the arts? Furthermore, do you intend on attending an in-state (Iowa) college or university…Show More

    Are you an Iowa high school senior with a passion for the arts? Furthermore, do you intend on attending an in-state (Iowa) college or university…Show More

    Are you an Iowa high school senior with a passion for the arts? Furthermore, do you intend on attending an in-state (Iowa) college or university to pursue an arts-related major? If so, look no further! The Iowa Scholarships for the Arts are annual scholarships awarding $3,000 to multiple students. To apply, submit 3-5 artistic work samples which best represent the artwork you intend on studying in college. This program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, an organization dedicated to empowering Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define Iowa.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $3,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award

    Offered by Hoover Presidential Foundation

    15 awards worth $1,500 - $11,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by Hoover Presidential Foundation

    Are you a community-minded and highly motivated Iowa high school junior? If so, consider applying for the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award! The Herbert Hoover…Show More

    Are you a community-minded and highly motivated Iowa high school junior? If so, consider applying for the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award! The Herbert Hoover…Show More

    Are you a community-minded and highly motivated Iowa high school junior? If so, consider applying for the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award! The Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award is open to Iowa high school juniors who design community service projects that exemplify the values of Herbert Hoover, an Iowa native and the 31st President of the United States. The scholarship is funded by the Hoover Presidential Foundation and awards between $1,500 and $11,500 to fifteen (15) Iowa high school juniors who propose and accomplish community projects of their own design that demonstrate the values that Herbert Hoover exemplified in his life of public service. While each of the 15 finalists will receive a $1,500 cash award at the completion of the program, four of the finalists can potentially earn an additional $10,000 each, for a total of an $11,500 scholarship. If you’re an Iowa high school junior passionate about community service, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    15 awards worth $1,500 - $11,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    PEIF Teacher of Tomorrow Scholarship

    Offered by Professional Educators of Iowa

    1 award worth $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Professional Educators of Iowa

    Are you a college-bound, Iowa high school senior who aspires to become an educator? If so, consider applying for the PEIF Teacher of Tomorrow Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you a college-bound, Iowa high school senior who aspires to become an educator? If so, consider applying for the PEIF Teacher of Tomorrow Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you a college-bound, Iowa high school senior who aspires to become an educator? If so, consider applying for the PEIF Teacher of Tomorrow Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to one aspiring teacher from Iowa who submits an essay on why they want to become a teacher. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the student’s career goal as an educator, academic record, accomplishments, and community involvement. If you're a high school senior of Iowa with wishes to become a professional educator, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by The Iowa Games

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Juniors & Seniors

    Offered by The Iowa Games

    Are you a college-bound, Iowa high school junior or senior who has previously participated in any Iowa Games events (Summer Iowa Games, Winter Iowa Games,…Show More

    Are you a college-bound, Iowa high school junior or senior who has previously participated in any Iowa Games events (Summer Iowa Games, Winter Iowa Games,…Show More

    Are you a college-bound, Iowa high school junior or senior who has previously participated in any Iowa Games events (Summer Iowa Games, Winter Iowa Games, Iowa Games Net Fest, Iowa Games NASP, etc.)? If so, consider applying for the Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 each to one male and one female Iowan who are former Iowa Games participants. The scholarship will be awarded based upon citizenship, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, perseverance and sportsmanship, as well as other factors. If you're a former Iowa Games participant and incoming college student from Iowa, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Juniors & Seniors
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
    Apply

    LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF)

    Offered by LULAC National Educational Services Centers, Inc.

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $2,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by LULAC National Educational Services Centers, Inc.

    Are you a current or incoming full-time university student in the U.S.? Further, are you of a Latine background and live near a participating LULAC…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming full-time university student in the U.S.? Further, are you of a Latine background and live near a participating LULAC…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming full-time university student in the U.S.? Further, are you of a Latine background and live near a participating LULAC council? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF)! Each year, the fund awards between $250 and $2,000 to multiple applicants who submit a transcript, proof of enrollment, an essay, and complete an online application. The scholarship is funded by LNESC (LULAC National Education Service Center), “a financial aid and college admissions outreach program designed to assist low-income, high school student’s admission to college.” To find out whether you live in an eligible state, keep on reading. If you fit the criteria, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $2,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    MAC Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students in Archival Administration

    Offered by Midwest Archives Conference

    1 award worth $1,500
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by Midwest Archives Conference

    Are you a resident or full-time graduate student in the MAC region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South…Show More

    Are you a resident or full-time graduate student in the MAC region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South…Show More

    Are you a resident or full-time graduate student in the MAC region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) who is pursuing a degree in archival administration? If so, the MAC Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students in Archival Administration may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,500 to one individual in the MAC region who is pursuing graduate studies in archival administration. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the most recent academic year. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $1,500
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Herman Sani Scholarship

    Offered by Iowa Golf Association Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Iowa Golf Association Foundation

    Are you a college-bound, Iowa high school senior with experience or a background in golf? If so, consider applying for the Herman Sani Scholarship! Each…Show More

    Are you a college-bound, Iowa high school senior with experience or a background in golf? If so, consider applying for the Herman Sani Scholarship! Each…Show More

    Are you a college-bound, Iowa high school senior with experience or a background in golf? If so, consider applying for the Herman Sani Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,000, renewable scholarships to multiple applicants which can be received over a consecutive four-year period as long as the student continues to make reasonable academic progress. The Herman Sani Scholarship Program was established in 1958 in memory of Herman Sani who had a passion for golf and for young people. If you wish to honor Herman's legacy and potentially receive some money toward your post-secondary education, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
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    How to win Iowa scholarships

    From the beautiful sunsets to the bountiful cornfields, Iowa is the perfect place to continue your educational journey! In order to win Iowa scholarships, you should begin by searching for scholarships that align with your passions and career goals. Once you find these scholarships, you should then respond to scholarship essay questions by detailing how the state of Iowa ignited your passion. 
    For example, if you grew up on a farm in Iowa, it may come as no surprise that you want to pursue agriculture in college or university. Therefore, make it known in your scholarship application that your firsthand experiences growing up in Iowa allowed you to realize your agricultural passion. Make sure to emphasize that you would not be who you are today without Iowa!  Doing so may just help you win Iowa scholarships and live out your career goals and dreams in the Hawkeye state! 

    Writing resources for acing Iowa scholarships

    In order to write a strong Iowa scholarship essay, you will need to review how to start a scholarship essay and how to end a scholarship essay. Additionally, looking over some Scholarships360 guides on common scholarship essay prompts and how to write an essay about yourself can ensure that you are prepared for any essay an Iowa scholarship may require you to write. Lastly, review the ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships to make sure you are prepared to win Iowa scholarships! 

    Iowa student debt snapshot

    According to the Department of Education, Iowa residents owe $13.2 billion in federal student loan debt, with student borrowers owing $30,848 on average (those numbers do not include private loans). Of these loan borrowers, 55.4% are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many as you qualify for! Keep on reading to learn more about eligibility for merit scholarships from top Iowa colleges!

    Merit scholarships at Iowa colleges and universities

    University of Iowa

    • Eligibility: In-state and out-of-state first-years incoming to University of Iowa based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores
    • Amount: $500 up to $12,000 
    • Deadline: March 1 

    Iowa State University

    • Eligibility: Incoming first-years to Iowa State University who have a 3.6+ GPA or 28+ ACT score / 1300+ SAT score
    • Amount: $8,000 up to $12,000
    • Deadline: Admission to Iowa State University

    Drake University

    • Eligibility: First-year students to Drake University who demonstrate high academic achievement
    • Amount: $24,000 up to $27,000
    • Deadline: March 1

    Grinnell College

    • Eligibility: Merit scholarships awarded to incoming first-years whose applications demonstrated academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership, and/or special talents
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to Grinnell College

    Cornell College

    • Eligibility: Incoming first-years to Cornell College made based on admission application
    • Amount: $23,000 up to $35,000
    • Deadline: Admission to Cornell College

    Luther College

    • Eligibility: Based on the student’s cumulative grade point average, a personal essay, and an educator’s reference 
    • Amount: $18,000 up to full cost of tuition
    • Deadline: Admission to Luther College

    Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity 

    In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

    Here are a few well-known Iowa universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

    University of Iowa

    • In-state tuition: $10,964
    • Out-of-state tuition: $32,927

    Iowa State University

    • In-state tuition: $8,982
    • Out-of-state tuition: $16,168

    How do you get in-state tuition? 

    Being an Iowa resident can significantly reduce the price tag of Iowa colleges and universities. In order to become an Iowa resident for tuition purposes, you will need to physically live in Iowa for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the semester. During these 12 months you will need to meet the following criteria: 

    • Be employed in Iowa for at least 30 hours per week
    • File Iowa resident income taxes
    • Obtain an Iowa driver’s license
    • Register to vote in the state of Iowa
    • Register your vehicle in Iowa

    Does Iowa offer tuition reciprocity? 

    No, Iowa does not have any tuition reciprocity agreements with any states. 

    Iowa scholarship spotlight

    Conservation Districts of Iowa scholarships

    • Eligibility:  Graduates from an Iowa high school or homeschool who will major in conservation and agriculture fields
    • Amount: $500 up to $3,000
    • Deadline: Mid-February 

    Guardian Scholars Foundation 

    • Eligibility: Students who have spent time in foster care in Iowa between the ages of 14 – 18. Other students who live in special circumstances without the support of parents or close family may also be considered. Must have graduated high school with a 2.3+ GPA
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: March 1 

    Hoover Presidential Foundation Uncommon Student Award

    • Eligibility: Iowa residents who are high school juniors. Must complete project proposal and application
    • Amount: $1,500 up to $11,500
    • Deadline: March 15 

    Home Builders Association Iowa Educational Corporation scholarship program

    • Eligibility: Students aged 18 – 25 attending college and pursuing a career in the home building industry and related trades including immediate family members of the HBA of Iowa (builder or associate members)
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Deadline: March 31 

    Iowa Golf Association Foundation scholarships

    • Eligibility: Iowa high school seniors with background or experience in golf. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, and leadership qualities (not on golf accomplishments or ability)
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: April 1 

    Professional Educators of Iowa Foundation scholarships

    • Eligibility: Iowa high school seniors who are pursuing a degree and career in education. Specific requirements vary based on scholarship
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: April 1 

    Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

    • Eligibility: Iowa high school seniors who excel and demonstrate a commitment to pursuing an education at an Iowa institution and a career in the arts
    • Amount: $2,500
    • Deadline: Early April 

    Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship

    • Eligibility: Awarded to two outstanding Iowan athletes (one female, one male). Decision made based on athlete’s character and participation in Iowa sports
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Deadline: Early April 

    All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship 

    • Eligibility: Iowa residents attending an Iowa college or university and graduated from an Iowa high school. Must complete FAFSA by March 1 and must have an eligible expected family contribution 
    • Amount: Average $4,983
    • Deadline: May 1

    Iowa Tuition Grant

    • Eligibility: Iowa residents attending an eligible private college or university in the state
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: July 1 

    Keep Iowa Beautiful scholarships

    • Eligibility: Iowa high school seniors who show respect for their home, neighborhood, community, and state
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Deadline: End of January 

    Additional Iowa resources

    ICAN Scholarship Database

    ICAN provides resources to Iowa students to succeed in their education and career. Browse their scholarship database for a variety of local Iowa scholarships!

    Iowa Financial Aid Application

    The Iowa Financial Aid Application provides Iowans with an opportunity to apply for scholarships, grants, and loan repayment programs.

    Iowa College Aid

    Iowa College Aid is a “one-stop shopping” website for Iowa students. This state-run agency strives to make college accessible for all Iowans. Bookmark this one!

    The Bright Foundation

    The Bright Foundation focuses on help­ing Iowa stu­dents go to col­lege and graduate debt free. They offer merit-based scholarships to high school seniors, who must apply through their high school counseling office or directly through the Iowa public community college or university they have been accepted to.

    FAFSA Guide

    The FAFSA deadline in Iowa is July 1 of each year (it opens October 1). For help with the FAFSA, check out our FAFSA guide for step-by-step assistance.

    Frequently asked questions about Iowa scholarships

    Does Iowa offer free college?

    There is not a state-sponsored scholarship program in Iowa that offers completely tuition-free college. However, there are several state-sponsored programs, such as the All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship and Iowa Tuition Grant that can help reduce the cost of tuition for Iowa college students.

    Do I need to be an Iowa resident to receive Iowa scholarships?

    While many Iowa scholarships do require applicants to be residents, there are also some open to non-Iowa residents. Start your scholarship search early for the best results!

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