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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
  • joseph from winona, mn
  • May-26-2016 I am a current student here

    quite good i think for instate students, but for out of state students it's a bit more expensive. still, there are scholarships and stuff from the colleges which help quite a bit. also choosing housing, food, and supplies wisely can help and there are plenty of different jobs available to help pay for it all.

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  • 4
  • Student from Saint Louis,MO
  • Jun-10-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    I'm out of state and I think the tuition is pretty reasonable as an out of stater. Make sure you submit financial aid and get scholarships. Otherwise it's pretty great financial aid and plenty of scholarships to win.

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  • 5
  • Tyler from Ames, IA
  • Jan-08-2015 I am a current student here

    I would definitely recommend ISU to anybody who even considers it an option at all.

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