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Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$16,490 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$6,648 tuition
$7,721 on campus room & board*
$1,043 books
$1,078 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$28,602 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$18,760 tuition
$7,721 on campus room & board*
$1,043 books
$1,078 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)


Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,419 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
87% of students receive aid
24% get federal aid ($4,951 avg)
2% get state aid ($5,794 avg)
72% get institn'l aid ($5,419 avg)
55% get loans ($6,385 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 5.21% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.64% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $7,026 74%
Federal Grant Aid $4,951 24%
Pell Grants $4,202 23%
Other Federal Grants $1,023 22%
Institution Grant Aid $5,419 72%
State Grant Aid $5,794 2%
Student Loans $6,385 55%
Federal Loans $5,407 55%
Other Loans $7,527 8%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Financial Aid Contact Info
100 Enrollment Services Center
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-5836
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $277
Out of State $782


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • Marie from Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Jan-16-2014 I am a current student here

    Out of state tuition is pretty high but you get access to all the gyms, which are all really nice and have high quality machines and equipment, free buss pass, and you get inexperience that will last a lifetime.

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  • 4
  • Ammar from Urbandale, IA
  • Jan-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Iowa State as a whole, is not an entirely expensive school to go to. The experience you get, in my personal opinion, is worth way more. There are so many people to meet not just from Iowa, but from everywhere in the world. I roomed with international students on 2 different occasions (and other people I knew as well), and both from different countries. It's fantastic to learn not just from professors or classes, but from your peers as well. The rooming, dining, and Main Street in their entirety, are fantastic considering the tuition.

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  • 5
  • Emily from Johnston, IA
  • Jan-06-2014 I am a current student here

    The best bang for the buck is the whole experience as far as education and entertainment. If you like the smaller town atmosphere with a lot of big city options near by you have the right school.

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  • 5
  • Amberly from Ames, IA
  • Dec-22-2013 I am a current student here

    If you come here, you will get a great education, opportunities, and career experience before you even graduate all for a great cost. I highly recommend this school even for out of state students. It is an amazing school!

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