Student Access and Success

For students from across Iowa and beyond, the promise of a UNI education is life-changing.

It’s the chance to be part of a community that feels like family. To find a program that turns their passions into a life of meaningful impact. To work with faculty who say “I see more in you” — and walk with them every step of the way to becoming who they can be.

Our Tomorrow ensures that a UNI education is within reach for the next generation of Panthers.


A UNI education is possible with the support of grants, loans and scholarships. But many students also have jobs and internships alongside their full-time studies. Every dollar makes it possible for students to attend and graduate from UNI.

The Our Tomorrow campaign has already made a lasting impact. 424 new scholarships, 253 new endowments and $12.5 million raised for student-athlete scholarships.

Types of Scholarships

  • Merit Scholarships
  • Need-Based Scholarships
  • Underrepresented Students Scholarships
  • Transfer Students Scholarships
  • Athletic Scholarships
  • Graduate Scholarships
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For over 20 years, Des Moines Area Community College and UNI have partnered together to give Des Moines students a chance to pursue their careers.

This partnership, housed at the DMACC Urban Campus, is the first of its kind in Iowa. It creates a new path for hundreds students to thrive at Iowa’s first campus with a majority of students of color.

Because of the Our Tomorrow campaign, UNI@DMACC now offers 11 online degrees including elementary education, accounting and many others.

Learn more about UNI@DMACC

Immediate student impact

Scholarship support is important, but there are other factors that allow students to graduate from UNI.

With an increase in the cost of living, many students struggle to provide for themselves. Programs like the Panther Pantry, Student Emergency Fund and Panther Completion Grant ensure a safe stay at UNI. These programs help set UNI students up for a successful future.

Areas of Need

  • Panther Pantry
  • Student Emergency Fund
  • Panther Completion Grant

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