Scholarships and Grants

Wartburg is committed to you now and will continue this commitment throughout your four-year academic career. The longevity of institutional funding for transfer students will be prorated based on their class status upon enrollment at Wartburg.

Mark Your Calendars!
KNIGHTS SCHOLARSHIP DAYS: Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022  |  Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022  |  Monday-Friday, March 7-11, 2022

Regents and Presidential Scholarships $29,000 – $31,000, renewable
Last year, Wartburg awarded nearly 500 Regents and Presidential Scholarships to first-year students valued at about $8.4 million. Wartburg evaluates merit-based scholarships on a student’s high school grade point average. Typically, students who have a high school minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and are in the top 25 percent of their high school class will receive a Regents or Presidential Scholarship. Students who qualify and choose to participate in one of Wartburg’s Knights Scholarship Days have the opportunity to increase their Regents or Presidential Scholarship. All awards are based on merit and not financial need, are renewable for a maximum of eight terms contingent upon full time enrollment and the maintenance of at least a 2.7 cumulative grade point average.

Wartburg Opportunity Scholarship variable amount
For students with academic potential who meet the admission requirements, but do not qualify for a Presidential or Regents Scholarship. Amounts are determined by academic achievement and communicated in your acceptance letter.

Meistersinger Music Scholarship/Music Ensemble Grant up to $7,000 per year
To qualify, you must respond to an audition invitation and be accepted for admission. Competition is open to music and non-music majors. If your scholarship is for $2500 or above you must also enroll in music lessons each term. If you audition and receive an amount less than $2500 you will be awarded a Music Ensemble Scholarship. All recipients of a music scholarship must participate in an ensemble. Cannot be combined with a Departmental Visit Day scholarship.

Tuition Exchange Program for Imports up to full tuition, renewable
Dependents of employees at other higher education institutions may qualify for the tuition exchange program.

Worth It Week  $500 per year
Awarded to first year students on the basis of participation in Worth It Week prior to enrollment. Not based on financial need.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Grant $1500 per year
Awarded to first year students who complete and receive an International Baccalaureate diploma.

All-State and/or Lutheran Summer Music Academy Recognition
A $2,500 minimum Meistersinger Music Scholarship is awarded to a student who is an All State participant and/or an alumnus of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. An audition is required and gives students the opportunity to increase their Meistersinger scholarship amount. Please see Meistersinger Music Scholarship description.

Iowa Academic Decathlon $1,000 per year
Awarded to first year students with the highest point totals in each of Varsity, Scholastic, and Honors categories. Renewable for three additional years if student remains enrolled full-time and maintains a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Legacy Grant $1,500 per year
For full-time students with alumni parent(s) and/or grandparents, and students with a sibling who currently attends or has graduated from Wartburg. Applicable toward tuition. Recipients of the Legacy Grant cannot also receive an Alumni Referral Award. Not based on financial need. 

Knights Out-of State-Grant variable amounts
For students residing outside Iowa who demonstrate academic potential.

McElroy Scholarship / Slife Scholarship full tuition, renewable
For first-year underrepresented students, based on recommendation and grade point average. Preference to students from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa, area. Renewable based on academic performance. Recipients are required to live on campus.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship $1,500 per year for two years
Awarded to transfer students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa at a two-year institution. You must be accepted for admission and complete a scholarship application, have a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and have completed at least 30 semester hours of transfer credit by March 1.

International & Overseas American Student Scholarships amounts vary
Awarded to international and overseas Americans based on merit.

State Pageant Award
Awarded to Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming State Pageant participants.  Winner of each pageant will receive a $2000 scholarship. First runner-up will be awarded a $1500 scholarship.

National Merit Finalist Scholarship $2,000 per year
Awarded to first-year students who list Wartburg as their first choice with the National Merit Corporation and are selected as finalists.

Wartburg College Grant variable amount
For students with academic potential who demonstrate financial need AND for first-year students with no other scholarship support from Wartburg College. Amounts are determined by financial need and academic achievement.

Wartburg College Funded, Endowed Scholarships $50-$2,500 per year
A total of 655 scholarships recognizing academic talents, vocational goals and personal characteristics. Recipients recommended by academic departments. Primarily for upper-class students. Other awards may be affected by the receipt of a funded or endowed scholarship.

GEAR UP Wartburg Scholarship $1000 per year, renewable
Students who participated in the GEAR UP Iowa Program, as certified by GEAR UP Iowa staff at Iowa College Aid and are eligible for the GEAR UP Iowa Scholarship are also eligible to receive the GEAR UP Wartburg Scholarship. Requires FAFSA completion each year.

Transfer Scholarship $24,000-$27,000  
Scholarship amount is calculated based on a transfer grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The longevity of all institutional funding will be prorated based on status upon enrollment.  Renewal of this scholarship requires maintaining a 2.7 GPA.

Education Partners in Covenant (EPIC) $200-$1,500 per year
For members of participating congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A matching funds program between the congregation and the college. Not based on financial need. Wartburg matches up to $750 per academic year.

Diversity Grant amount determined by need
For under-represented students with academic potential. Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) must be completed.


Students are welcome to participate in more than one Departmental Visit Day, but only earn one of the scholarships below. Music Visit Day is open to all students regardless of their intended major, but attendance does not qualify for a Departmental Visit Day scholarship. To qualify for a music scholarship (open to music and non-music majors), students must audition. Meistersinger Muisc Scholarships range up to $7,000.

Business Visit Day Scholarship up to $1,000 per year
Awarded to first-year students on the basis of participation in the Business Visit Day prior to enrollment. Not based on financial need.

Education Visit Day Scholarship up to $1,000 per year
Awarded to first-year students on the basis of participation in the Education Visit Day prior to enrollment. Not based on financial need.

Humanities Visit Day Scholarship up to $1,000 per year
For first-year students on the basis of participation in the Humanities Visit Day. Not based on financial need. 

Journalism and Communication Scholarship up to $1,000 per year
Offered to prospective students on the basis of participation in the Journalism and Communication Visit Day(s) and/or summer camps. The communication area of emphasis may change from year to year. Attendance at the visit day and camp must be prior to enrollment.  Not based on financial need.

Social Sciences Visit Day Scholarship up to $1,000 per year
Awarded to first-year students on the basis of participation in the Social Sciences Visit Day prior to enrollment. Not based on financial need.

Social Work Visit Day Scholarship up to $1,000 per year
Awarded to first-year students on the basis of participation in the Social Work Visit Day prior to enrollment. Not based on financial need.

STEM Visit Day Scholarship up to $1,000 per year
For first-year students on the basis of participation in the STEM Visit Day. Not based on financial need. 

Yellow Ribbon Program
Grant assistance for U.S. military veterans.  Through the GI Bill a qualifying veteran can receive the value of in-state public university tuition.   This program allows that amount to be applied toward private college tuition and Wartburg College will pay up to 50 percent of the remaining tuition costs. Wartburg’s funds will then be matched by the US Department of Veteran Affairs. The GI Bill also provides veterans with a housing allowance (the amount based on location) and an annual allowance of up to $1,000 for books and supplies. In addition, veterans also qualify for fixed-rate federal loans to cover other expenses. For more information, contact the Wartburg College financial aid office at 319 352-8262 or email

PELL GRANT up to $6,095 per year
or students from low-and middle-income families who show financial need and are degree seeking. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Amounts are determined by the U.S. Department of Education.

Awarded to students receiving Pell Grants and demonstrating high financial need.

TEACH GRANT up to $4000 per year
For students interested in a full-time teaching career and committed to teaching for at least four years in a high-need subject area at a school that serves low-income families.  Students may receive up to $16,000 for undergraduate study. Part-time students are eligible, but the maximum grant will be pro-rated based on enrollment status.  If students do not fulfill stated teaching requirements, the grant will be converted to a loan with interest. Eligibility Requirements (PDF)TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling

Other Federal Aid:

Awards are estimates. Earnings are based upon hours worked. Preference to early applicants. Once accepted and registered for classes, students may apply online for campus employment.

(amount varies, maximum for 2019-20 is $4644)

  • Iowa resident
  • Must meet priority award considerations listed on the state’s website such as aging out of Iowa’s foster care system or the State Training School, adopted after age 16, children of deceased public safety workers, graduated from an alternative high school/programs, or participated in certain TRIO or GEAR UP programs
  • Must have graduated from an eligible Iowa high school or completed a high school equivalency diploma within the last 2 years
  • Be a first-time college freshman (unless you are renewing your scholarship award)
  • Plan to enroll for at least 10.5 course credits in a program leading to an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate
  • Need-based Grant
  • More details can be found here

(amount determined by Iowa Legislature and funds available)

  • Iowa resident
  • Must have at least half of the credits completed towards a bachelor’s degree that leads to a high-demand job
  • Must have not been enrolled in postsecondary education for two or more years
  • Must have applied for all other available aid
  • Plan to enroll at least half-time
  • See more details and requirements available here.

(up to $6000 per year, determined by Iowa Legislature and funds available)

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) Iowa was created to significantly increase the number of low-income and underrepresented students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Participants in the year round program will discover the importance of education, improve academic skills, identify career interests, and explore college opportunities.Beginning in the 2008-2009 academic year, the GEAR UP Iowa program began to provide resources to students as they progress from 7th to 12th grade, helping them plan, prepare and pay for college. This first cohort of students were set to graduate from college in 2017-18. The program was so successful, a second cohort of students will be served beginning the 2018-19 year. Students who are eligible and complete the program will receive a $4000 GEAR UP Wartburg Scholarship ($1000 per year) to attend Wartburg College in addition to the GEAR UP Iowa Scholarship from the state.