Summer Hawk Tuition Grant II

Please note that the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant rules have changed, effective January 1, 2017. These changes apply to all students.


First-year, first-time students entering the university as of Summer 2013 may be eligible for the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant II, which can offset tuition costs for up to 6 semester hours during one summer at Iowa. Transfer students are not eligible for the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant II.

The grant awards Iowa residents a scholarship to cover tuition charges for up to 6 semester hours (s.h.) of summer courses. Non-residents registered for more than 4 s.h. receive the difference between resident and nonresident tuition. (Non-residents are already charged the resident tuition rate if taking 4 or fewer s.h.)

The value of the scholarship depends on the actual number of hours for which a student enrolls during a single summer. It must be used within four years of admission and includes the summer after the fourth year. The grant must be used before you graduate, even if you graduate prior to the summer after your fourth year of enrollment.

These rules apply to the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant II for summer 2017.  In the event there are reductions in state funding for the University, support for institutional scholarships and grants, including the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant II, may be impacted.  Rules for this Grant will be revisited and possibly modified on an annual basis.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Are there any rules I need to be aware of to be eligible for the grant?

You should be aware of the following rules:

  • You must have entered the University Summer 2013 or later as a first year student (transfer student are not eligible for this grant).
  • You must have enrolled and paid full-time tuition to the University of Iowa as an undergraduate student for each of the previous two semesters (fall and spring).
  • You must have committed to use the Grant in 2017 by March 1.  Appeals for permission to commit after this deadline were accepted only through April 1.
  • Effective for 2017, if you change your mind after committing to the Grant, you must rescind your commitment in MyUI (Financial Aid & Billing tab) by May 1 (11:59 p.m.), or you will lose the ability to use the Grant in a future summer.

What does the grant cover?

  • For resident students, the grant covers up to 6 s.h. of tuition.
  • For non-resident students enrolled in 5-6 s.h., the grant covers the difference between non-resident and resident tuition. (Non-residents are already charged the resident tuition rate if taking 4 or fewer s.h.)

This includes differential tuition for the Colleges of Business, Engineering, and Nursing. Financial need is not required to make use of this grant.

Students who have compelling reasons to enroll in more than 6 s.h. were allowed to file an appeal requesting that the Grant cover up to 9 s.h.  The deadline to submit this appeal was April 1.

What is not covered by the grant?

Students are still responsible for all mandatory fees, course fees, and miscellaneous fees associated with enrollment.

The grant does not cover study abroad, internships, or other programs IF a fee is paid to an outside entity, even if that fee is billed as tuition.

How will I know if my study abroad program qualifies?

Typically, programs that are reciprocal exchange programs will qualify for the grant. Students in reciprocal exchange programs enroll in a foreign university while paying Iowa tuition and fees. The following link will allow you to search for this type of program:

You can use this as a starting point. However, it's very important that you work closely with an advisor in the Study Abroad office well in advance of the summer you plan to use the grant, so you can be sure the program you are considering qualifies. Also, it's important to remember that for qualifying programs, the grant covers up to 6 s.h. of tuition only and not the fees associated with these programs.

Because the number of study abroad programs that qualify for the grant is limited, students might want to consider using the grant to take academic courses at Iowa during a summer in order to free up a fall or spring semester or academic year for study abroad.

How will I know if my internship or practicum qualifies?

There are many different internship and practicum courses. Some have their administrative home in academic departments or colleges. Others are offered through the Pomerantz Career Center.

  • Through the Pomerantz Career Center:

    If you are doing an internship or practicum, it is covered by the Hawk Grant if you register it for course credit and it is not through a fee-based program (example: the Washington Center). To see if your internship is eligible for course credit through the Pomerantz Career Center and thus, covered by the grant, you can look at internship course stipulations here and/or contact
  • Through your Academic Department/College:

    You can consult with your academic department to determine whether the experience is eligible for course credit through that department. You can consult with the Billing Office to see if your internship will be covered. For contact information go to

When should I use my grant?

This is a question that you should explore with your academic advisor. Few students take summer classes at the University after their first year; that summer often is a good time to work, relax, or reconnect with family and friends. In most cases, the grant is typically best used once you have decided on your major and have a definite plan for graduation.

Some things to consider in deciding which summer session to use the grant:

  • What courses are offered during the summer and how would they best fit into a four-year graduation plan?
  • How can you maximize the use of the grant? Which summer would be a good one to get into high demand courses or allow you to catch up or get ahead on required courses?
  • How can you use the tuition grant without having to pay for extra housing?
  • Most off-campus leases in Iowa City are for 12 month periods, so you end up paying for the summer months even if you won't be in town. If you plan to live off-campus at some point in the future, it might make sense to wait to use your grant until you have an off-campus residence.
  • If you need to return home each summer, you may choose on-line, web based courses through our Division of Continuing Education. The choices for courses through this program will be more limited so you will need to plan carefully with your academic advisor.

Of course, every student's needs are different; your academic advisor is in the best position to help you plan for when you should use the grant.

If I participate in a study abroad program during the fall or spring semester, prior to the summer that I want to use the grant, does that semester count as being enrolled in order to qualify for the grant the following summer?

Yes, participating in a study abroad program during fall or spring semester will count as being enrolled in order to qualify for the grant the following summer.

If I want to attend summer school part-time for two years, can I use the grant that way?

For most students, the grant can only be used during one summer, for up to six credit hours.

However, students who are formally enrolled in the Degree in Three program may enroll in up to six credit hours total spread over two summers.

What are the maximum number of hours I can take during the summer? How many hours will the grant cover?

While you may enroll in up to 12 semester hours during the summer, the maximum number of hours the grant will cover is 6 s.h. You'll want to discuss your plan with your academic advisor. Remember that summer courses are more intensive and the work is compressed into a much tighter time frame.

Here are some things to consider when determining how many hours in which to enroll:

  • Which courses you will be taking. It's important to be realistic about how much homework you will have. Will there be a heavy reading and writing load? You also need to be realistic about how quickly material may be covered and how much studying you will need to do each day.
  • What else you are doing over the summer. Will you be working or volunteering along with taking classes?
  • How the courses you wish to take overlap within the various summer sessions. You will likely have more room for possible course combinations if you spread your registration over several of the sessions.

Can I use the grant to take on-line courses?

Yes, that is possible. There are three types of on-line courses:

  • Courses that have specific due dates for assignments and tests and the final exam. MyUI lists these as "Delivery Mode: Web".
  • Self-paced courses that do not have structured dates or deadlines for assignments, tests and the final exam. MyUI lists these as "Delivery Mode: Self-paced/Web (GIS)".
  • Workshop courses coded as WK*. Workshop fees are charged separately from tuition, and those fees will not be covered by the grant.

We recommend enrollment in no more than two "Self-paced (GIS)" courses. Students often find it challenging to stay on top of their coursework without specific due dates and deadlines to motivate them, resulting in possible grades of "Incomplete". These summer courses must then be completed during the fall semester, which may affect the time students can commit to their fall coursework.

Is housing available during the summer session?

Arranging summer housing is the responsibility of each student. There will be a limited number of double and single rooms available in Currier Hall during the summer; students may contract for the entire summer or for one or more summer sessions offered. Preference will be given to students who had a spring housing contract and/or will have a fall housing contract. Contact University Housing & Dining (4141 Burge Hall, 319-335-3000) for further information.

If you wish to live off-campus and need to find temporary summer quarters, you may want to look for a summer sub-lease. The University's Off-Campus Housing Service may be helpful in searching for possible subleases.

How and when do I tell you I want to use the grant?

Each spring, eligibility for every undergraduate student will be determined by the Registrar’s Office towards the end of the third week of classes. You can check your status by looking on MyUI under Financial Aid & Billing; look for the link Summer Hawk Tuition Grant under the Financial Aid heading. You will see your status as either eligible or not eligible. If you are not eligible, the message will provide one of the following reasons:

  • You did not enter as a first year student (transfers are not eligible)
  • You entered the University prior to Summer 2013
  • You did not pay full time tuition both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
  • You were awarded the grant in a previous summer

If you are eligible, you will need to declare your intention to use the grant on MyUI by March 1.

Once you register for summer, the billing office will check to be sure that the courses you have registered for qualify for the grant. If they do, the grant will automatically be applied to your summer tuition bill.

What if I miss the March 1 deadline?

There was an appeals process in place for students who missed the March 1 application deadline due to extenuating circumstances. The deadline to appeal was April 1st.

How do I notify the University that I have changed my mind and no longer want to use the Grant in summer 2017?

You must rescind your commitment to use the Grant in summer 2017 by returning to the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant II page in MyUI (Financial Aid & Blling tab) and clicking the blue button that says "Rescind Commitment for Summer 2017." The deadline to rescind your commitment and to retain your ability to use the Grant in a future summer is May 1.

If I decide to withdraw after classes have begun, resulting in a charge of a percentage of the tuition, will that be paid by the Hawk grant?

Yes, but this would count as your one and only summer using the grant. Since this would occur after May 1, it would be too late to rescind your use of the grant.

If I am a non-resident student and register for 0-4 credit hours, there is no difference between the in-state and out-of-state tuition rate. Does this mean I get free tuition?

No, in this case you would end up paying the tuition, with no benefit from the grant. If you are a non-resident student, you should plan to use the grant when you will be enrolling in 5 or 6 semester hours.

What if I enroll in more than 6 s.h. of coursework? How much will I have to pay?

The answer to this question depends on several things, including your residency status, what your courses are, and whether you had a successful appeal for additional hours. You can project your costs for different scenarios by using the Registrar’s Tuition Calculator:

How do I know which courses will be offered in the summer? When will I register?

Currently, summer course offerings appear on MyUI late in the fall semester and registration for summer occurs in early March. Registration for fall occurs in April.

Please note that course offerings may vary from year to year, but the University strives to continually offer summer seats in highly enrolled courses.

Will I be able to get financial aid during the summer that I use the grant?

The Summer Hawk Grant applies to tuition only. You may be eligible to apply for summer loans and/or Work-Study to cover other costs of attendance for summer IF you enroll in six or more summer hours. Federal loans have annual limits. You may have exhausted these limits with your fall and spring loans.

Summer financial aid requires a separate application. To learn more about the requirements for summer financial aid or to access the application go to Once you are registered for summer classes, you may submit the summer application, available on MyUI under Financial Aid and Summer Award Application.

If you have specific questions regarding summer loans or Work-Study, you may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid by emailing or calling (319) 335-1450 or stopping by 208 Calvin Hall during office hours (M-F 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.)


Who do I contact if I have further questions about the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant?

Refer to the links in the FAQ's above for questions related to those specific topics.
For questions about how to build summer courses into your plan of study contact your advisor.
If you have additional questions contact