Simpson College offers a $4,000 renewable scholarship for international students from one of Iowa's nine sister states. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students admitted as full-time residential students at Simpson College. This scholarship is offered for up to four years of undergraduate study, and is available in addition to any other scholarships/grants.

For more information, please email Dr. Michael Norris, Director of Transfer Enrollment and International Admissions, or call 515-961-1697. 


​UNI Sister States Scholarship

​The UNI Sister States Scholarship will be available to all new incoming undergraduate degree-seeking students, including both freshman and transfers. Students will be eligible upon proving resident status in one of the above regions and by meeting the UNI international admission requirements.

The award will be renewable by maintaining full-time consecutive enrollment at UNI and remaining in good academic standing. For incoming freshman, the value of the award will be up to $16,000 ($4000 a year for up to four years or 8 semesters). For incoming transfer students, the value for the award will be up to $12,000 ($4000 a year for up to three years or 6 semesters). Transfer students from 2-year and 4-year institutions are eligible, and must be in good academic standing at their current institution in order to qualify. The scholarship can be added to other awards given through the UNI Office of Admissions including the Out-of-State Scholar Award, the Transfer Scholarship, and the Legacy Scholarship. Once a student is enrolled at UNI, they may also apply for any college and/or departmental scholarships offered to current students.

UNI is excited to connect with any prospective students or international partners from these regions to assist in learning more about the scholarship, as well as about UNI’s programs, facilities, and excellent academic environment. More information can be found at UNI's Office of International Admissions website or by contacting Kristi Marchesani.

CIEP Scholarship

The University of Northern Iowa is pleased to offer the CIEP scholarship. The scholarship provides 20% off of tuition for the CIEP program for international students from our nine sister-states! The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) of the University of Northern Iowa strives to provide nonnative speakers of English with intensive English language instruction and a cultural, social and academic orientation to the United States.

The CIEP, established in 1982, is an accredited program by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). CIEP students participate in listening/speaking, writing and reading classes at seven different levels. The CIEP sessions begin in August, October, January, March and June. Each session provides 20 classroom hours per week of English language study and cultural orientation.  Experienced instructors teach small classes; the CIEP tries to limit its class size to 16 students. Classroom teaching combines instructor presentations, group work and individual projects. 

​If students are interested in the scholarship, they can contact Cristy Steffen.

Click here for a flyer about both of UNI's Sister State Scholarships!


The University of Iowa offers the Iowa Sister State Scholarship (IowaSSS) to incoming international first-year students with outstanding high school records who are residents of and currently reside in one of Iowa's sister states in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan; Yucatan, Mexico; Hebei Province, China; Terengganu, Malaysia; Stavropol Krai, Russia; Taiwan; Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine; Veneto Region, Italy; and Kosovo. Value: $16,000 ($4,000 a year for up to four years). This award can be added to all other merit based scholarships: Presidential Scholarship $40,000, Old Gold Award $20,000, International Scholars Award $8,000 over four years as well as the Tippie First Year Scholarship valued at $2,000-3,000.

Select Presidential Scholarship winners from a sister state can attend the highly ranked University of Iowa for $19,000 per year. More commonly, Old Gold Award level students attend for $29,000. The University of Iowa has been a "best buy" for eleven years in a row on the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

More scholarship information is available here. For questions, contact the Office of Admissions or call 319-335-1529.

Coe College

Coe College is pleased to offer a special scholarship to honor the state of Iowa's connection to the international community. The scholarship is intended for students from any of our sister states and is an annual scholarship in the amount of $16,000 per year and is renewable for up to 3 years after the initial year. For more information, please contact

College/University Scholarships


Drake University is now offering a renewable $3,000 scholarship for students who are residents and/or attend a secondary school/college in Hebei Province China. This scholarship is on top of all other scholarships and grants Drake is able to award to students. Students are eligible to receive $18,000 to $23,000, inclusive of the Hebei Scholarship.


​Central College is now offering an Iowa Sister States Scholarship for $15,000 for up to 4 years. To be eligible you must be prove resident status from one of Iowa's 9 sister states along with meeting the international student admission requirements for Central College. For more information please see the link below. 



DMACC offers in-state tuition for ALL of our sister states! For more information, visit DMACC's International Students page.

Grand view university

Grand View University now offers a special scholarship to honor the state of Iowa's connection to the international community. Grand View University is pleased to offer scholarships to all eligible resident students from Iowa's nine sister states. These scholarships range from $9,000 to $16,000 (USD) per academic year scholarship award based on academic merit. (View the full academic merit and scholarship grid here.)​ 

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet all scholarship requirements; meet all international student admission requirements, provide proof of current resident status (including citizenship) from your sister state, and enroll as a full-time degree seeking student at Grand View University.

For more information, please email Chenxue Cai, Grand View's International Studies Coordinator, or call the Admissions Office at 515-263-2810.