Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance is an estimate of costs of being enrolled for one year at Iowa State University. Each student is assigned a financial aid budget based on their estimated cost of attendance, which is used to determine the maximum amount of financial aid they need. To help with understanding your cost of attendance, planning tools are available. Some of these tools can help you create budgets and lay out costs specific to your enrollment situation.

When considering costs of attendance, please note:

  • Total costs for attending Iowa State University may vary based on students' lifestyles, majors, academic colleges, and academic progress
  • Student tuition, fees, and charges for room & board in university housing are set by the Iowa Board of Regents
  • Room & Board costs refer to the varied housing and dining choices made by the student; more information is available from the Department of Residence and ISU Dining
  • Summer costs of attendance vary depending on each student's situation — see Tuition and Fees for more information
  • Juniors and seniors in some colleges are assessed tuition at a higher rate — see Tuition and Fees for more information

Costs by Classification

2015-2016 rates are proposed rates and may be subject to change

Undergraduate Students Fall & Spring — All Years

Resident Non-Resident
Year '13-'14 '14-'15 '15-'16 (pending) '13-'14 '14-'15 '15-'16 (pending)
Tuition & Fees $7,726 $7,731 $7,736 $20,278 $20,617 $20,856
Room & Board $7,721 $7,830 $8,070 $7,721 $7,830 $8,070
Books & Supplies $1,043 $1,039 $1,034 $1,041 $1,043 $1,034
Total University Expenses $16,490 $16,600 $16,840 $29,040 $29,490 $29,960
Anticipated Personal Expenses $2,430 $2,430 $2,430 $2,430 $2,430 $2,430
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $18,920 $19,030 $19,270 $31,470 $31,920 $32,390

Graduate Students Fall & Spring — All Years

Resident Non-Resident
Year '13-'14 '14-'15 '15-'16 (pending) '13-'14 '14-'15 '15-'16 (pending)
Tuition & Fees $8,880 $9,027 $9,172 $21,190 $21,841 $22,096
Room & Board $8,160 $8,275 $8,275 $8,160 $8,275 $8,275
Books & Supplies $1,040 $1,038 $1,033 $1,040 $1,044 $1,039
Total University Expenses $18,080 $18,340 $18,480 $30,390 $31,160 $31,410
Anticipated Personal Expenses $2,990 $2,990 $2,990 $2,990 $2,990 $2,990
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $21,070 $21,330 $21,470 $33,380 $34,150 $34,400

Veterinary Medicine Students Fall & Spring — Years 1, 2, 3

Resident Non-Resident
Year '13-'14 '14-'15 '15-'16 (pending) '13-'14 '14-'15 '15-'16 (pending)
Tuition & Fees $20,230 $21,097 $21,742 $43,918 $45,851 $47,288
Room & Board $8,160 $8,275 $8,275 $8,160 $8,275 $8,275
Books & Supplies $1,040 $1,038 $1,033 $1,042 $1,044 $1,037
Total University Expenses $29,430 $30,410 $31,050 $53,120 $55,170 $56,600
Anticipated Personal Expenses $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $32,750 $33,730 $34,370 $56,440 $58,490 $59,920

Veterinary Medicine Students Fall & Spring — Year 4

Resident Non-Resident
Year '13-'14 '14-'15 '15-'16 (pending) '13-'14 '14-'15 '15-'16 (pending)
Tuition & Fees $28,277 $20,805 $21,442 $51,167 $36,933 $38,084
Room & Board $11,985 $8,275 $8,275 $11,985 $8,275 $8,275
Books & Supplies $1,564 $1,040 $1,033 $1,570 $1,042 $1,041
Total University Expenses $41,826 $30,120 $30,750 $64,722 $46,250 $47,400
Anticipated Personal Expenses $4,895 $3,320 $3,320 $4,895 $3,320 $3,320
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $46,720 $33,440 $34,070 $69,620 $49,570 $50,720

Veterinary Medicine Students Summer — Year 4

Resident Non-Resident
Year 2015 2015
Tuition & Fees $10,468 $18,789
Room & Board $3,879 $3,879
Books & Supplies $517 $517
Total University Expenses $14,864 $23,185
Anticipated Personal Expenses $1,574 $1,574
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $16,438 $24,759