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Iowa State University 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 and supplies
$1,078 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$29,042 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$19,200 tuition
$7,721 on campus room & board*
$1,043 books and supplies
$1,078 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)


Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$5,397 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
88% of students receive aid
22% get federal aid ($4,179 avg)
2% get state aid ($6,455 avg)
75% get institn'l aid ($5,397 avg)
55% get loans ($6,586 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.47% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.09% 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 $6,666 76%
Federal Grant Aid $4,179 22%
Pell Grants $4,142 21%
Other Federal Grants $811 7%
Institution Grant Aid $5,397 75%
State Grant Aid $6,455 2%
Student Loans $6,586 55%
Federal Loans $5,388 54%
Other Loans $9,041 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 $800


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Jannic from Ames, IA
  • Feb-26-2017 I am a current student here

    Iowa State is a pretty affordable college if you are in-state and is worth your time coming here. Out of state is a bit more expensive but there are a ton of people from different states that choose Iowa State. Iowa State must be an awesome place if we have all these people coming from all over!

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  • Kendall from Egg Harbor, WI
  • Jan-09-2017 I am a current student here

    Being a college student has it's perks because there are tons of free events on campus. If you are coming from out of state too you can find there are a lot more scholarships available. Even though tuition may seem outrageous the money is truly going to improve the facilities that are used by students every day.

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  • 3
  • J from Saint Paul, MN
  • Dec-29-2016 I am a current student here

    Iowa State can be a little on the pricey side for out of state students. I do wish they were slightly more affordable. However, I feel that I am receiving an excellent education and a great college experience. I couldn't picture myself anywhere else!

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