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Information for Prospective Students


Looking for information about Admissions to Iowa State University?
Visit the Office of Admissions


It is important to remember to file the FAFSA before March 1 every year.
Learn more about the FAFSA.

Net Price Calculator

This Net Price Calculator will give undergraduate students an estimate of their financial aid award and EFC at Iowa State University.

Frequently Asked Questions

See a list of frequently asked questions.

Financial Planning

All students should plan ahead for the financial responsibilities of attending college.
Learn about our planning tools.


Grant money is a need-based aid that is offered to students.
Learn more about grants.


Loans are an important type of financial aid offered to students and parents.
Learn more about loans

File Your FAFSA

Students who complete a FAFSA prior to March 1 but did not list Iowa State University as a recipient must have their FAFSA information submitted to Iowa State University no later than May 1 to be considered for priority financial aid, including the following aid types:

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Iowa State University (ISU) Grant
  • Iowa Grant
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • College Work Study (Federal or State)

Explaining Your Financial Aid Award

Each academic year, students are provided with a Financial Aid Award stating the amount of aid the Office of Student Financial Aid can offer to the student.
Learn more about your Financial Aid Award.

Payment Plans

Learn about how to pay your bill as an Iowa State student.


Scholarships are available for students in different areas:

  1. The Office of Admissions offers scholarships based on the information provided in the admission application.
  2. Scholarships are awarded based on your FAFSA and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  3. There are scholarships given by colleges and departments of the university. You can visit the individual colleges from the online database.
  4. Additional local, national, and private scholarships are listed in the scholarship database.

Don't forget to use the scholarship database to search the Office of Student Financial Aid's listing of available scholarships.

ISU Educational Gift Certificates

There is no better gift than the gift of education. An Iowa State University Educational Gift Certificate allows family and friends to contribute to a student's educational expenses at Iowa State University.
Give an Iowa State University Educational Gift Certificate today!