EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS & SPECIAL COMMUNITY SERVICES

 

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The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) places a high priority on providing quality education to financially disadvantaged and minority students. To fulfill this commitment for all students, the University has established the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Special Community Services (EOP/SCS).  EOP/SCS programs are designed and coordinated specifically to meet our students' educational, social, and financial needs. A primary goal for the EOP/SCS staff is to provide supportive services to all project students, thus enhancing the successful completion of the student's  college career.

System of Support in the Cedar Valley: Neighbors of Peace, Prosperity & Compassion

Registration is now open for the 2019 System of Support Conference: eop.uni.edu/system-of-support

Learn about local efforts addressing inequities and inequalities in the Cedar Valley community. Conference will arm helping professionals with knowledge and tools to support their populations in the areas of employment, education, criminal justice, health, gender, sexual orientation and housing. 

Sponsored by UNI TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), UNI College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) and UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE).

 

UNI-CUE’s Academic Attainment Fund (AAF)


Scholarship Overview

UNI-CUE’s Academic Attainment Fund (AAF) was created to support qualifying UNI TRIO Participants or qualified UNI TRIO Alumni with overcoming barriers that would hinder them from successfully completing their postsecondary education or training.  The AAF provides both Last Dollars In and Mini Scholarships for qualifying TRIO participants that have financial need.  Funds are contingent upon discretion of the approval committee, as funds are available. 

AAF Last Dollars In Scholarship is a renewable scholarship to cover tuition and expenses that are not expected to be covered, up to $4000 per academic year.  The application is open annually starting on October 1st until March 1st. Funds are contingent upon discretion of the approval committee, as funds are available. 

Qualifications: Must be enrolled as a UNI-CUE TRIO Participant or qualified UNI TRIO alumni, complete scholarship application, have a demonstrated need for the scholarship, provide academic release form, complete the required budget worksheet and complete the free FAFSA  application for federal student aid by March 1st or provide proof of FAFSA application.  *To be considered for renewal you must be in good standing with the academic institution and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher. (Application Link coming October 1, 2021)

**A qualifying UNI TRIO Participant Requirement: 
CUB  participants must be a graduating high school senior or a CUB alumni  no more than 2 years post high school graduation.
ETS  participants must be a graduating high school senior or an ETS alumni  no more than 2 years post high school graduation.
EOC participants must be enrolled a minimum of 30 days

 

AAF Mini scholarships are available to current UNI TRIO participants or qualified UNI TRIO alumni that have demonstrated a barrier to continuing their educational endeavor up to $1,000 per academic year.  The application is open year round to cover but not limited to: Books, supplies, tuition costs, emergency & essential living expenses, child care and transportation. *One application per applicant per year will be considered for funding.  

Qualifications: Must be enrolled as a UNI-CUE TRIO Participant or qualified UNI TRIO alumni,  complete scholarship application, have a barrier to progressing toward completion of postsecondary degree or certification, provide documentation of need, be in good standing with enrolled academic institution, maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher, complete and academic information release form and complete a budget worksheet and complete the free FAFSA application for federal student aid by March 1st or provide proof of FAFSA application. UNI-CUE AAF: Mini Scholarship Application Link

**A qualifying UNI TRIO Participant Requirement: 
CUB  participants must be a graduating high school senior or a CUB alumni  no more than 5  years post high school graduation.
ETS  participants must be a graduating high school senior or an ETS alumni  no more than 5  years post high school graduation.
EOC participants must be enrolled a minimum of 30 days

 

For more information or questions please contact aaf_info@uni.edu.