UNI is consistently ranked among the country's "best buys" in higher education. Kiplinger's Personal Finances ranked UNI among the nation's "Top 100 Values in Public Schools," and as No. 7 in their list of Top 25 Universities and Colleges Under $30,000. In addition, the cost of living in Iowa is well below the national average (

 Expenses for Students With No Dependents Academic year - August 2020 to May 2021
  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition & Fees $19,480 $20,906
Books & Supplies $500 $500
Mandatory Health Insurance $2,750 $2,750
On-campus Housing & Meals $9,160 $9,160
Personal & Recreational Expenses $1,500 $1,500
Total cost for 2 Semesters $33,390 $34,816
 Summer Session (May to July) - 6 Academic Hours
  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition & Fees $4,937.50 $6,929.50
Books & Supplies $300 $300
Mandatory Health Insurance $550 $550
On-campus Housing & Meals $2,200 $2,200
Personal & Recreational Expenses $500 $500
Total cost for summer $8,487.50 $10,479.50


Immigration rules do not require foreign students to attend summer school after 9 months of continuous enrollment.

The College of Business Administration has a differential tuition for students who are a declared major in the College of Business Administration and are classified as a junior, senior or graduate student. More information can be found at

Student friends in a dorm.
Student outside next to the campanile.
Student in front of Maucker Union.


International Excel Award

Applicants with strong academic backgrounds may qualify for this scholarship with awards ranging from $1000-$6000 per year.


  • Equivalent grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Examples of leadership and service
  • Application for Admission
  • Scholarship Application

Enrolled students may apply for scholarships through their academic departments, although many awards are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are for comparatively small amounts. An online scholarship board can be viewed at


International Scholars Award

Award is automatically awarded based on SAT or ACT exam results. No application is needed. 

Two Tiers:

  • $5,000 - 1130 or higher (SAT) or 23 or higher (ACT)
  • $3,000 - 1020-1120 (SAT) or 19 - 22 (ACT)

UNIBusiness Scholarship

Available to new high school graduates majoring in a business program. Students must meet both SAT/ACT and GPA requirements. This award can be received in addition to other automatic scholarships. Students admitted to UNI by January 15th will receive full consideration. No application is needed. 

Two Tiers:

$1,000 - 3.8 GPA and 1330 or higher (SAT) or 29 or higher (ACT)
$750 - 3.5 GPA and 1200 - 1320 (SAT) or 25 - 28 (ACT)


UNI Sister States Scholarship

The value is in the amount of $4000 per year and is available to all new incoming degree-seeking students including freshman and transfer. Students will be eligible upon proving resident status in one of the sister state regions and by meeting the UNI international admission requirements.

The Iowa Sister States include:  Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan; Yucatan, Mexico; Hebei Province, China; Terengganu, Malaysia; Stavropol Krai, Russia; Taiwan; Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine; Veneto Region, Italy; and Kosovo.

Information about Iowa Sister States award

Presidential Scholar Award

Award value is $4,000 per year for students in the top 10% of their class, a score of 1340 or above on the SAT examination (29 on ACT), and extra-curricular activities. Visit to learn more. Deadline January 15th.



Graduate Assistantships & Graduate College Tuition Scholarships

Graduate assistantships and scholarships are offered by some departments on a competitive basis. Graduate students applying for funding must submit an application before the February 1st deadline.  Click here to learn more information and access application forms.



There are many job opportunities on the UNI campus for students with student (F) visas or exchange visitor (J) visas to work. The average wages range from $8.00 - $8.50 per hour. F and J visa holders are not authorized to work off-campus as a means of support except under extraordinary circumstances.  Potential positions can be seen at the UNI Online Job Board.