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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
2014-2015 rates are proposed rates and may be subject to change

Costs by Classification

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Fall & Spring — All Years
 ResidentNon-Resident
Year'12-'13'13-'14'14-'15 (Tentative)'12-'13'13-'14'14-'15 (Tentative)
Tuition & Fees$7,726$7,726$7,731$19,838$20,278$20,617
Room & Board$7,721$7,721$7,830$7,721$7,721$7,830
Books & Supplies$1,043$1,043$1,043$1,041$1,041$1,043
Total University Expenses$16,490$16,490$16,604$28,600$29,040$29,490
 
Anticipated Personal Expenses$2,430$2,430$2,430$2,430$2,430$2,430
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded)$18,920$18,920$19,030$31,030$31,470$31,920
GRADUATE STUDENTS
Fall & Spring — All Years
 ResidentNon-Resident
Year'12-'13'13-'14'14-'15 (Tentative)'12-'13'13-'14'14-'15 (Tentative)
Tuition & Fees$8,788$8,880$9,027$20,728$21,190$21,841
Room & Board$8,160$8,160$8,275$8,160$8,160$8,275
Books & Supplies$1,042$1,040$1,042$1,042$1,040$1,042
Total University Expenses$17,990$18,080$18,344$29,930$30,390$31,158
 
Anticipated Personal Expenses$2,990$2,990$2,990$2,990$2,990$2,990
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded)$20,980$21,070$21,330$32,920$33,380$34,150
VETERINARY MEDICINE STUDENTS
Fall & Spring — Years 1, 2, 3
 ResidentNon-Resident
Year'12-'13'13-'14'14-'15 (Tentative)'12-'13'13-'14'14-'15 (Tentative)
Tuition & Fees$19,582$20,230$21,097$42,468$43,918$45,851
Room & Board$8,160$8,160$8,275$8,160$8,160$8,275
Books & Supplies$1,048$1,040$1,042$1,042$1,042$1,042
Total University Expenses$28,790$29,430$30,414$51,670$53,120$55,168
 
Anticipated Personal Expenses$3,320$3,320$3,320$3,320$3,320$3,320
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded)$32,110$32,750$33,730$54,990$56,440$58,490
VETERINARY MEDICINE STUDENTS
"Summer", Fall & Spring — Year 4
 ResidentNon-Resident
Year'12-'13'13-'14'14-'15 (Tentative)'12-'13'13-'14'14-'15 (Tentative)
Tuition & Fees$28,717$28,277$20,805$51,085$51,167$36,933
Room & Board$11,985$11,985$8,275$11,985$11,985$8,275
Books & Supplies$1,572$1,564$1,042$1,570$1,570$1,042
Total University Expenses$42,274$41,826$30,122$64,640$64,722$46,250
 
Anticipated Personal Expenses$4,895$4,895$3,320$4,895$4,895$3,320
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded)$47,170$46,720$33,440$69,540$69,620$49,570