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ISU Tuition & Cost Guide


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Cost to Attend

In State

$19,270

Iowa Residents

  • Tuition: $6,648
  • Books and Supplies: $1,034
  • Other Fees: $1,088
  • Room and Board: $8,070

Out of State

$32,390

Non Residents

  • Tuition: $19,768
  • Books and Supplies: $1,034
  • Other Fees: $1,088
  • Room and Board: $8,070

*All tuition data is sourced from the 2015/2016 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Annual Prices

Residents of Iowa pay an annual total price of $19,270 to attend Iowa State University on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $6,648 for tuition, $8,070 room and board, $1,034 for books and supplies and $1,088 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $32,390 which is 68.1% higher than Iowa residents. The tuition charge is $19,768 while room and board is $8,070, books and supplies are $1,034 and other fees come in at $1,088.



Financial Aid and Student Loans - What does it really cost to attend?

The average reported annual net price for Iowa State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $13,899 in 2014/2015.

Aid Amount Percent Receiving Aid
Average Annual Total Grant Aid $7,137 76%
Average Pell Grant $4,116 20%
Average Annual Federal Student Loan $5,432 50%

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Iowa State University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $54,216. The loan balance of $54,216 is a four year multiple of the $13,554 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $566 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.7%.

Example Loan $54,216
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.7%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $566.08
Total Interest Paid $13,713.23
Sum of All Loan Payments $67,929.23

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current published cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree at Iowa State University to be $77,080 - assuming graduation in normal time. Our estimation assumes a 0.9% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Iowa Residents $19,270 $19,450 $19,633 $19,816
Non Residents $32,390 $32,693 $32,999 $33,308

Per Credit Hour and Per Class Prices

We estimate the cost for a class at Iowa State University as follows based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Iowa State University versus other colleges.

Cost Per Credit Hour Cost Per Class (3 credit hr) Cost Per Class (4 credit hr)
Iowa Residents $277 $831 $1,108
Out of State Residents $824 $2,472 $3,296

Historical Tuition Prices

The cost to attend college is continually rising. The table below will provide perspective as to the historical tuition increases reported for Iowa State University and what it has cost to attend in past years.

Iowa Resident Out of State Annual Percent Change
2010 $6,651 $17,871 4.6%
2009 $6,360 $17,350 3.2%
2008 $6,161 $16,919 5.1%
2007 $5,860 $16,354 4%
2006 $5,634 $15,724 3.8%
2005 $5,426 $15,128 7.9%
2004 $5,028 $14,370 22.3%
2003 $4,110 $12,802 19.4%
2002 $3,442 $10,776 9.9%
2001 $3,132 $9,974 4.3%
2000 $3,004 $9,564 4.5%
1999 $2,874 $9,152 3.9%
1998 $2,766 $8,808 3.8%
1997 $2,666 $8,480 3.6%
1996 $2,574 $8,192 4.2%
1995 $2,471 $7,731 5.1%
1994 $2,352 $7,386 5.6%
1993 $2,228 $6,996 7.5%
1992 $2,072 $6,526 10.2%
1991 $1,880 $6,160 3%
1990 $1,826 $5,982 7%
1989 $1,706 $5,488 9.1%
1988 $1,564 $4,864 12.5%
1987 $1,390 $4,080 0%

Tuition Payments

Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153603 IPEDS survey data for Iowa State University.




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