Office of Admissions Scholarships for Transfer Students

Iowa State University offers special scholarship awards to transfer students. These awards are provided to qualified students who are offered admission by March 1. Awards may also be made after this date, contingent on the availability of funds.

Important: While these awards may be offered on preliminary information, all awards are contingent upon receipt of your of official, final college transcript(s) verifying all requirements have been met. If your final transcript(s) show all requirements have not been fulfilled, your award will be withdrawn. A student who has attempted college coursework after the summer immediately following high school graduation is considered a transfer student, and, therefore, is eligible for transfer scholarships.

Iowa State Community College Transfer Scholarship:

$500-2,000 (varies based on financial need)

The Iowa State Community College Transfer Scholarship gives preference to transfer students who are offered admission to Iowa State for the fall semester only. This competitive scholarship requires 45 completed transferable academic semester college credits with at least a 3.00 cumulative academic grade point average, and demonstrated financial need. (Remedial or career/technical credit does not contribute to the academic GPA).

Requirements:

  • Complete 45 transferable semester credits
  • Attain at least a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale
  • Enroll full-time at Iowa State immediately following a two-year community college
  • Submit FAFSA by December 1, and demonstrate financial need
  • Submit OneApp application and be offered admission by March 1

Nonresident Scholarships

Return to Iowa-Generations Scholarship:

$1,500 (non-resident only) renewable for up to 3 years*

The Return to Iowa-Generations Scholarship is awarded to students who have been offered admission to Iowa State as a transfer student for the fall or spring semesters and who are nonresident children or grandchildren of Iowa State graduates. A graduate is defined as any person who has been awarded a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from Iowa State. The Generations Scholarship requires an application. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must provide information so the graduation of the parent, step-parent, legal guardian, or grandparent may be varied. Student must complete the scholarship application form available online at www.admissions.iastate.edu/generations. Priority given to students who apply by March 1.

Transfer Achievement Award (TAA):

$3,500 (non-resident only) renewable for up to 3 years*

The Transfer Achievement Award is automatically awarded to all nonresidents who have been offered admission to Iowa State for the fall or spring semester and who have completed 30 transferable academic college semester credits with at least a 3.25 transferable academic grade point average. (Remedial or career/technical credit does not contribute to the academic GPA.)

Requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 transferable academic semester credits
  • Attain a 3.25 transfer GPA or better on a 4.00 scale
  • Enroll full-time at Iowa State immediately following a previous higher education institution
  • Preference is given to students who apply by March 1
  • Must be classified as a non-resident

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships

PTK Scholarship (Base Scholarship):

$1,000 renewable for up to 2 years**

The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship is a competitive award offered to 50 PTK scholarship applicants who are offered admission to Iowa State University as a transfer student in the fall semester.

Requirements:

  • Must be a current member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
  • Complete 45 transferable semester hours at a community college
  • Attain a 3.50 transferable GPA on a 4.00 scale
  • Enroll full-time at Iowa State immediately following a two-year community college
  • Submit OneApp application, and be offered admission, by March 1

PTK All-State Academic Team Award:

$2,000 renewable for up to 2 years**

The PTK All-State Academic Team Award is awarded in the fall or spring to transfer students who have successfully completed the outlined requirements

Requirements:

  • Must be a member of PTK
  • Must be named to the current year's All-State Academic Team by PTK organization
  • Enroll full-time at Iowa State immediately following a two-year community college
  • Provide proof of All-State academic standing

PTK All-USA Academic Team Award:

Value of In-State Tuition renewable for up to 2 years**

The PTK All-USA Academic Team Award is awarded in the fall or spring to transfer students who have successfully completed the outlined requirements.

Requirements:

  • Must be a member of PTK
  • Must be named to the current year's All-USA Academic Team or the Coca-Cola All-State Team by PTK
  • Enroll full-time at Iowa State immediately following a two-year community college
  • Submit proof of All-USA/Coca-Cola standing

Undergraduate Scholarship Resources

Iowa State OneApp Scholarship Portal

https://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/scholarships/

OneApp opens October 1, 2018, for the awarding of 2019-2020 scholarships. Deadlines will vary depending upon the scholarship or opportunity, so we encourage students to log in to OneApp early and often to ensure deadlines are met. Once submitted, students can still access and revise their applications until the scholarship close date. Scholarship selection committees will use the information available in the system (e.g., data from student records and/or information provided on the General Application, Conditional Application, and any Recommended Opportunities) as of when the committee begins their review of applications.

Additional Scholarship Criteria

* To renew this award, the student must remain continuously enrolled at Iowa State University on a full-time basis as an out-of-state resident in good academic standing with a minimum of 12 credits per semester, be assessed nonresident tuition, and maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average. This award is not available for the summer term.

** To renew this award, the student must remain continuously enrolled at Iowa State University on a full-time basis and in good academic standing with a minimum of 12 credits per semester and maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average. These awards are not available for the summer term.