Scholarships & Grants

When you invest in a Grand View education, you are investing a substantial amount of energy, time and money in yourself and your future. We invite you to take a closer look at Grand View and compare our value to the other options you are considering. You will find that Grand View University’s exceptional education is affordable. 

Grand View is committed to making a private education available to all students, regardless of financial standing. We’ll help you and your family consider all the financial aid options, so you can best plan your investment. Students returning to Grand View from any leave of absence will be eligible to resume the scholarship or grant awards they qualified for when they began their leave assuming all qualification criteria are still met.

Our advice – be deliberate. Weigh your options. Make comparisons. When you are ready to make your decision, we’re confident you’ll find yourself at Grand View University.

GRAND VIEW ASSISTANCE

GV Cares Emergency Fund Grand View University has additional resources to help low-income students weather financial emergencies through the GV Cares Emergency Fund. Students can apply for small grants to help cover unexpected expenses just beyond their means, which allows them to quickly return focus to their academic pursuits. Learn More
21st Century Global Scholarship

Through the 21st Century Global Scholarship, Grand View supports the educational goals of under-represented minority students who need financial assistance. It is available to current and prospective students who participate in – or express intention to participate regularly – in Grand View multicultural activities. A limited number of $1,000 – $2,000 renewable scholarships are awarded, and renewal is based on level of participation in student multicultural activities. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and live on campus. The minimum academic requirement to apply for a 21st Century Global Scholarship is a 3.0 high school GPA or 3.0 transfer cumulative GPA with a 2.5 GPA for renewal. A service requirement of 200 hours per academic year is part of the scholarship renewal process and will be performed through the Office of Multicultural and Community Outreach.

Application Deadline: February 22, 2018

21st Century Global Scholarship Application / Recommendation Form

Alumni Scholarship A four-year renewable scholarship of $1,000 awarded to new full-time day first-year or transfer students whose parent(s) received either an associate, bachelor's or master's degree at Grand View.
Art Department Scholarship 

A scholarship available to selected new full-time day students who demonstrate talent in one of our areas of study and major in Game Design, Graphic Design, Graphic Journalism, Art Education, Photography or Studio Arts. Scholarships range from $750 – $2,000. Art portfolios (Studio Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Art Education majors) are reviewed in February and writing samples are reviewed for Game Design and Graphic Journalism majors in February. The art scholarship is renewable based on maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and continued enrollment as a Game Design, Graphic Design, Graphic Journalism, Art Education, Photography or Studio Arts major at Grand View.

Athletic Scholarship 
Grand View is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and offers athletic scholarships in baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, shooting sports, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling for men, and basketball, bowling, cheerleading, competitive dance, cross country, golf, shooting sports, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball for women. Scholarships begin at $500 and are based on athletic ability as evaluated by the coaches. Athletic scholarships are renewable each year based on continued good standing within the athletic program.
eSports Scholarship
Grand View offers a competitive eSports program, which offers scholarships to a limited number of program participants. Scholarships are renewable each year based on continued good standing with the eSports program.
Philip L. Hougen Campus Ministries Scholarship

Established in honor of former ELCA Bishop Philip L. Hougen, awarded to a selected number of applicants from Lutheran congregations who express intention to participate regularly in Grand View campus ministry. Awards range between $500 – $1,500 and are renewable based on maintaining a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and participation in student ministries activities.

Application deadline: February 22, 2018

Philip L. Hougen Campus Ministries Scholarship Application / Recommendation Form

Dream to Teach Scholarship

The Grand View University Dream to Teach Scholarship is offered as a partnership with the Des Moines Public School’s Dream to Teach program which supports promising minority students who have an interest in becoming teachers. This scholarship awards full tuition and fees, plus room charges if the recipient lives on campus, to an outstanding incoming freshman who meets these minimum qualifications:

  • Active participation in the DMPS ‘Dream to Teach’ program
  • Must be admitted to Grand View in a Pre-Education academic program
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must plan to enroll as a full-time day student
  • Must be eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Several other factors will be considered in the selection of the scholarship recipient, including GPA, ACT or SAT composite and sub-scores, academic rigor of coursework and participation in the Urban Teacher Academy. Two letters of recommendation will be required and for those students who have participated in the Urban Teacher Academy, one of those references must be from the Academy teacher. The other may be from a high school counselor, teacher or community leader.

The scholarship is renewable for up to four years if the recipient maintains full-time day enrollment in an Education academic program at Grand View University and good academic standing, including maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and an absence of any disciplinary action. The recipient must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to establish eligibility for federal and/or state grants. The FAFSA must be received by the processor prior to the Iowa Tuition Grant deadline each year. This scholarship award cannot be combined with other Grand View University scholarships.

Application deadline: February 22, 2018

Dream to Teach Scholarship Application / Recommendation Form

Immigrant Iowan Scholarship

The Grand View Immigrant Iowan Scholarship is designed to bring a significant educational opportunity to a promising non-native Iowan. This scholarship awards full tuition and fees, plus room charges if the recipient lives on campus, to an outstanding incoming freshman who meets these qualifications:

  • Born of immigrant parents or an immigrant himself or herself
  • Graduating from an Iowa high school
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Not in the U.S. on a student visa
  • Have demonstrated financial need

The scholarship is renewable for up to four years if the recipient meets these requirements: participation as a member of Grand View’s Multicultural Leadership Team; serving as a Grand View Multicultural Ambassador; maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA at Grand View.

If eligible to apply for federal or state grants, the recipient must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to establish eligibility for federal and/or state grants. The FAFSA must be received by the processor prior to the Iowa Tuition Grant deadline each year. For the 2018-19 school year, the deadline for receipt is July 1, 2018. Check with the Financial Aid Office each academic year for deadline information. If not eligible to apply for federal or state grants, the applicant must submit a statement documenting financial need.

Applicants must apply for the scholarship and submit an essay along with a recommendation from a high school counselor, teacher or community leader.

Application deadline: February 22, 2018

Immigrant Iowan Scholarship Application / Recommendation Form

Lutheran Music Program Scholarship A renewable $1,000 scholarship available to alumni of the Lutheran Music Program (Lutheran Summer Music) for students majoring in music, music education, or church music. Recipients may also audition for an additional Pro Musica Scholarship.
All-State Music Scholarship $1,500 is awarded to full-time day students who have participated in a high school all-state festival for at least one year and demonstrate talent in piano, vocal and instrumental music regardless of major. The All-State Music Scholarship is renewable based on participation in both an ensemble and private lessons with continuous good standing in both areas.
Music Scholarship A scholarship available to selected new full-time day students who demonstrate talent in piano, vocal and instrumental music regardless of major. Scholarships range from $500 – $4,000. Pro Musica scholarship auditions are conducted on Nov. 12, 2017, Jan. 14, 2018, and Feb. 11, 2018. The music scholarship is renewable based on participation in both an ensemble and private lessons with continuous good standing in both areas. Audition for a Music Scholarship
Theatre Department Scholarship
A scholarship available to selected new full-time day students who major or minor in Theatre and have an interest in participating in theatre productions. Scholarship awards range from $300 – $1,500 based on whether a student is a Theatre major, a Theatre minor or plans only to participate in theatre productions. The theatre scholarship is renewable based on the student continuing as a Theatre major, minor or participant. The student must also maintain a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
UnityPoint Health Scholars Program

Two $5,500 annually renewable scholarships will be awarded to students admitted to the nursing early-admission program each year as UnityPoint Health Scholars. Candidates for this scholarship must also participate in one of Grand View’s Scholarship Day events in November, January or February. The UnityPoint Health Scholarship is renewable for a total of four years as long as the student maintains: Good academic standing during the freshman year before beginning nursing courses and once nursing courses begin, including cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0 and absence of any disciplinary action. Continuous enrollment as a full-time day pre-nursing student freshman year and nursing student beginning sophomore year. UnityPoint Health Scholars are expected to follow the recommended program of study.

Application deadline: February 22, 2018

Nursing Early Admission Program / Early Admission Nursing Application

GRAND VIEW First Year AWARDS

Grand View academic and need-based scholarships are four-year renewable scholarships available to new full-time day students. To qualify, students must meet specific academic requirements, apply and be accepted to Grand View. These scholarship and grant amounts are based on living on campus and will be reduced by $2,000 for students who commute. You may be invited to compete for additional scholarship awards at Grand View's Scholarship Days.

Award  Award Amount Renewal Criteria
Presidential Scholarship Up to $16,000 3.25 GPA at GV

Students have the opportunity to compete for at least one full-tuition scholarship at each Scholarship Day event. All non-winning students attending a Scholarship Day event will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship award. Scholarship Day events allow opportunities to compete for additional awards. Check here for more information.

Dean's Scholarship Up to $14,500 3.0 GPA at GV

Students have the opportunity to compete for at least one additional $3,000 scholarship at each Scholarship Day event. All non-winning students attending a Scholarship Day event will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship award. Scholarship Day events allow opportunities to compete for additional awards. Check here for more information.

Director's Award Up to $12,000 2.5 GPA at GV

Students have the opportunity to compete for at least one additional $2,000 scholarship at each Scholarship Day event. All non-winning students attending a Scholarship Day event will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship award. Scholarship Day events allow opportunities to compete for additional awards. Check here for more information.

GV Grants Up to $6,000 2.0 GPA at GV
Available to first-time, full-time first year students who do not qualify for the above scholarships.

GRAND VIEW TRANSFER AWARDS

Grand View academic and need-based scholarships are renewable scholarships available to new full-time day students. To qualify, students must meet specific academic requirements, apply and be accepted to Grand View. These scholarship and grant amounts are based on living on campus and will be reduced by $2,000 for students who commute. Renewability is based on the number of transfer credits accepted and cumulative GPA at Grand View.

Students do not fill out a special application for the Presidential, Honors, Director's Awards or Transfer Grant.

Award Award Amount Renewal Criteria
Presidential Scholarship Up to $14,500 3.25 GPA at GV
Honors Scholarship Up to $12,500 3.0 GPA at GV
Director's Award Up to $10,000 2.5 GPA at GV
Transfer Grant Up to $8,000 2.0 GPA at GV

Grand View Transfer Scholarships

Outstanding Community College Transfer Scholarships

A $1,500 renewable scholarship awarded each year (maximum of three years) to new full-time day students who transfer to Grand View directly from an accredited community college/junior college/two-year institution. To qualify, students must transfer a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of 45 semester hours, complete an Outstanding Community College Transfer Scholarship application, provide two written references, including one academic, and submit recorded service to the community or college. Deadline for application is May 1, 2018 for fall semester and December 1, 2017 for spring semester. Renewal is based on maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at GV. A limited number of awards are offered.

Outstanding Community College Transfer Scholarship Application
Submit 2 Recommendation Forms

Phi Theta Kappa To qualify for the $1,000 scholarship, the student must be an active member of a community college chapter and submit a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship application. Deadline for application is May 1, 2018 for fall semester and December 1, 2017 for spring semester. Renewal is based on maintaining a 3.5 cumulative grade point average at GV. A limited number of awards are offered. Download Scholarship Application

Graduate Assistance - Master of Education

Jacobson Fellowship

Graduate students in the Masters of Education program may be eligible for the Jacobson Fellowship, a $3,000 scholarship. Recipients must be accepted into the program, have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must be nominated/recommended by a school administrator. Renewal for a second year requires a 3.25 GPA in the master's program.

The nomination deadline is May 1.

Online Nomination Form

STATE OF IOWA ASSISTANCE

Iowa Tuition Grant A grant based on financial need with a typical maximum award of $5,650 in the 2017-18 school year, awarded to students up to a maximum of four years. To qualify, you must be a resident of Iowa, a United States citizen or residing in the United States on a permanent visa, currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate program at an Iowa private college, and you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually before July 1. Typically more than 60% of Grand View's full-time day Iowa students qualify for this grant program.
All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship The All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship Program is awarded to students that are taking at least 3 credit hours, completed a FAFSA, completed a state application at www.iowacollegeaid.gov and are an Iowa resident. Iowa College Student Aid Commission selects the award recipients. Awards are prorated for students enrolling on a less than full-time basis.
All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant The All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant is awarded to students who were previously adjudicated in the Iowa foster care system and are taking at least 3 credit hours, completed a FAFSA, completed a state application at www.iowacollegeaid.gov and are an Iowa resident. Iowa College Student Aid Commission selects the award recipients. Awards are prorated for students enrolling less than full-time and based on the student’s enrollment status. Eligibility for this program ends when a student turns age 24.
Iowa Gear Up Scholarship The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Scholarship is a statewide non need-based scholarship program that assists students in the GEAR UP Iowa cohort with the cost of post-secondary education. Recipients must have been in the official GEAR UP Iowa cohort scheduled to graduate high school in spring 2014. Students must complete the FAFSA, complete a state application at www.iowacollegeaid.gov and be taking at least 3 credit hours. Iowa College Student Aid Commission selects the award recipients. The 2016-17 Gear up Scholarship was $2,600. Awards are prorated for students enrolling on a less than full-time basis.
Iowa Education and Training Voucher The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Grant is a federally-funded program to provide post-secondary education and training opportunities to students who are currently or who have been in foster care. Students must complete a FAFSA, complete a state application at www.iowacollegeaid.gov and taking at least 3 credit hours. Students can be funded until the age of 23 provided they were participating in the ETV program by age 21. Iowa College Student Aid Commission selects the award recipients. Awards are prorated for students enrolling less than full-time. 
Iowa National Guard Education Assistance The Iowa National Guard Education Assistance Program (NGEAP) provides funds to members of the Iowa National Guard units. Soldiers or Airmen must be an active member of the Iowa Army or Air National Guard, be a resident of the state of Iowa, and have satisfactorily completed initial entry training. Soldiers or Airmen cannot have met the academic requirements for a baccalaureate degree or received NGEAP for more than 120 semester hours. Applications should be submitted to www.iowacollegeaide.gov on or before July 1 through the Iowa Financial Aid Application. Spring-only applicants should submit their applications on or before December 1. The Adjutant General of Iowa selects eligible recipients.

FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

Federal Pell Grant 
A grant based on exceptional financial need. This grant varies, with a maximum of $5,920 in the 2017-2018 school year.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The Federal SEOG program provides financial assistance up to $350 to students who show exceptional financial need and who, normally, are eligible for high levels of Federal Pell Grants. These limited federal funds are dependent on congressional appropriations and are awarded by Grand View in varying amounts. To qualify, you must submit the FAFSA annually by the January 15 priority deadline.
Federal Work Study
A work opportunity up to $1,500 awarded to students who demonstrate financial need.  
Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
A loan up to $3,500 as a first year student, $4,500 as a sophomore and $5,500 as a junior or senior, awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. To qualify, you must submit the FAFSA annually. This loan is interest-free while the student is in school. Repayment begins six months after graduation or when a student ceases to attend at least half-time. The interest rate is fixed at 4.45% for loans disbursed July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
A loan awarded to students regardless of financial need. To qualify, you must submit the FAFSA annually. This loan’s interest accumulates while you are in school and the interest rate is fixed at 4.45% for loans disbursed July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. Each undergraduate student is eligible for a $2,000 Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Repayment begins six months after graduation or when a student ceases to attend at least half-time.
Federal Direct Parent Plus Loan
A loan made to parents of the student regardless of financial need. This loan varies based on cost of education and other financial aid received. Typically, repayment begins immediately upon disbursement of loan funds. Deferment options are available. The interest rate is fixed at 7% for loans disbursed July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.
Federal TEACH Grant The Federal Teach Grant is awarded to eligible students who agree to serve as full-time teachers at certain schools and to serve within certain high-need fields for at least four academic years within eight years of completing the course of study for which a grant was received. If a grant recipient does not carry out that obligation, the TEACH grant funds received converts to a federal direct unsubsidized Stafford loan that must be repaid with interest from the time the grant was received. To qualify, you must have been admitted into the Education program, have a 3.25 GPA at Grand View, be a junior or senior status, and be pursuing Elementary Education with one or more of these endorsements in a shortage area.

Matching Scholarships

Education Partners in Covenant (EPIC) A renewable, matching scholarship up to $500 per year, awarded to full-time students who are members of Lutheran congregations and have received awards from those congregations.
Dollars for Scholars A volunteer-driven national network of more than 1,260 community-based scholarship foundations serving nearly 4,000 communities across the U.S. in support of local students. Grand View will match up to $500.

OUTSIDE SOURCES OF AID

Students also have a number of outside scholarships available. Outside scholarships are usually awarded by corporations, civic groups and/or educational groups.

EXPAN Scholarship Search
This is a free web version of the College Board's FUND FINDER scholarship database. The database contains listings of scholarships, loans, internships and other types of financial aid programs from 3,300 national state, public, and private sources. The database is updated annually.
Fast WEB (Financial Aid Search Through the WEB)
This is a searchable database of more than 275,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. It is free to search the database through the World Wide Web. Fast WEB allows the student to fill out a profile and then responds with award programs that match the profile. Any new scholarships added to the database that match the student's profile are put into the student's "mailbox." The student may also generate and print a form letter from their web browser requesting applications and materials.
Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
Provides information about scholarship opportunities for qualified Hispanic applicants.
College Planning Center Information to help you plan your college career.
BigSun Scholarship Available to athletes, the BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute to qualify.
Hispanic Scholarship Resources
Provides information about financial aid and scholarships for Hispanic students.
SALT Offers a scholarship search tool to help you find funding options.
Good Call Considered one of the largest free scholarship databases on the web and offers easy-to-use search features.
Citrix ShareFile
Offers the Citrix FileShare Scholarship for Future Entrepreneurs.

Please note that interest rates on federal student loans have been the subject of recent congressional action.
Please confirm current interest rates with the Financial Aid Office.