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Center/Online Undergrad Financial Aid

Am I eligible for financial aid for Center and/or Online Undergraduate courses?

Students seeking financial aid must be officially accepted to Upper Iowa University, be degree seeking, be enrolled and determined eligible for Federal Student Aid. Students will be awarded for the academic year assuming full-time. Eligibility will be based on total enrolled hours in each Fall/Spring/Summer enrollment period.

Students must register for two terms at a time:

    • Fall Semester (Terms 1 and 2).
    • Spring Semester (Terms 3 and 4).
    • Summer Semester (Terms 5 and 6).

Minimum enrollment standards for the semester enrollments will be as follows:

    • Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester
    • 3/4-time: 9 credit hours per semester
    • 1/2-time: 6 credit hours per semester
    • Less-than-1/2-time: 5 credit hours or less per semester
      • Students in 5 credits or less are considered to be less than half-time and would only qualify for Pell Grant funds, if eligible.

The chart below explains how the 6 terms (eight weeks) align into semesters.

Fall Semester 

Spring Semester 

Summer Semester

Term 1  |  Term 2  Term 3  |  Term 4 Term 5  |  Term 6

Students who are pursuing a second Bachelor's degree may qualify for student loan funds only depending upon where their first degree was earned and what type of degree (BA or BS) they received. UIU will confer only one degree of a type. For example, if a UIU graduate earned a BA and would like to come back for a BS, the student would be eligible for loan funds. If a graduate earned a BA from UIU and would like to come back to UIU for a second BA due to changing their major, the student would not qualify for loan funds because the degree has already been conferred. However, if a student earned their first Bachelor's at another institution (BA or BS) and would like to come to UIU for a second degree (BA or BS), the student would qualify for loan funds because this is a new UIU degree.

What types of financial aid are available to Center/Online students?

Veterans' Benefits

Upper Iowa University is approved by the Department of Education and the State of Iowa to certify qualifying students to receive veterans' benefits.

For additional information on applying for veterans' benefits, changing the place of training or how courses are certified, contact the Veterans' Administration certifying official at the program office. It is extremely important to indicate at the time of registration that the course needs to be certified for veterans' benefits.

Upper Iowa University will also notify the Veterans Administration of any change in status including an administrative withdrawal or withdrawal from a course. With a change in status, the student may be required to refund benefits. Student reimbursement will be calculated by the VA and is determined separately than any eligible refund under Upper Iowa University's policy.

Iowa National Guard Education Benefits

These benefits are currently available to Guard members. Applications should be submitted on or before July 1 (through the Iowa Financial Aid Application) of the academic year a student is applying for. Applicants are not required to complete the FAFSA.

Important Dates to Remember


January 1

New FAFSA becomes available for the upcoming financial aid year

March 1

Priority Deadline for FAFSA completion

June 30

FAFSA filing deadline for Iowa Tuition Grant


For specific dates for the academic school year, click here

How will I receive my financial aid?

Funding will be credited to student accounts by the end of the fourth week of each semester for students who have accepted an award package two weeks prior to the start of the term/semester for which you are enrolled. Students seeking Federal Direct Loan funding must complete the borrower entrance counseling and/or the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) to be eligible for disbursement. Funding will be used toward tuition and fees. Once the account balance is paid in full, any excess funds will be sent to Higher One for student access by the end of the fifth week of the term.

For students enrolled in one term of the semester, funding will be credited to your student account by the end of the fourth week for the term that you are enrolled.

Do I have to do anything special to receive and keep my financial aid package?

Students must be enrolled at least half-time for the semester to be eligible for student loan funds. Minimum enrollment standards for the semesters will be as follows:

    • Full-time: 12 credit hours per semester
    • 3/4-time: 9 credit hours per semester
    • 1/2-time: 6 credit hours per semester
    • Less-than-1/2-time: 5 credit hours or less per semester
      • Students in 5 credits or less are considered to be less than half-time and would only qualify for Pell Grant funds, if eligible.

Is there assistance for purchasing textbooks?

Book charge IDs are available to students who meet the following criteria:

    • Are registered for courses for the upcoming enrollment period (semester).
    • Students choosing to use the Book charge option should purchase textbooks for the semester.
    • Have a completed financial aid file.
    • Have an accepted award via NetPartner.

Students eligible for a book charge ID will receive up to $750.00 for the semester and will be notified via their peacocks email. Students must purchase textbooks through the UIU Book Store to utilize the book charge ID option. Students who choose to use the book charge ID option will have the textbook charges added to the balance due for the enrollment period (semester). Charges will be deducted from any funds that are applied to their student account before any overpayment of funds is released via the Blue Peacock card process.

 
 
 

Last Updated 7/23/14