We are in the midst of an unprecedented situation. First and foremost, we are working to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff — and to implement the continuation of classes and essential university operations through the remainder of the spring semester.

Our leaders are working to develop a more complete understanding of the many financial implications the COVID-19 crisis is having — and will have — on Iowa State. That includes questions relating to your financial aid. As you may imagine, expected impacts are changing daily. The processes we will need to respond in a consistent manner to these questions will take careful thought, and, they will take time.

Please be patient with us during these difficult times. We understand your need for answers. We hope to have those to everyone as soon as we’re able — we want to not only be timely, but accurate, fair and consistent.

The Office of Student Financial Aid is currently closed to walk-in and telephone traffic. Please email with your questions, and include your student University ID number if you have one.

Thank you again for your concern. Our Iowa State community is resilient, and we are doing everything we can to work together to support our mission. Please do all you can to keep yourself safe and healthy. Regularly check the ISU COVID-19 Safety Page for the latest updates.

2020-2021 Financial Aid Offer Letters

Offer letters for new, transfer, and continuing students will be available starting on the dates listed below:
  • February 4: New Direct from High School Students
  • March 30: New Transfer Students
  • April 27: Continuing Students and New Graduate Students (FAFSA verification completion required, if selected)
To view your offer letter, login to the AccessPlus webpage, select “Financial Aid” then “Financial Aid Offer.”

Summer Aid Application

The Summer Aid Application will be available on April 2 on AccessPlus. You must be registered for your summer courses before you can submit the summer aid application.

Ask Cy!

Need answers to your questions? Ask Cy! You may have noticed our new information assistant, Cy, appearing in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Cy can answer your general questions regarding financial aid, admissions, class registration, billing and housing…whatever time of day you may be visiting our website! Also added to our website are new informational videos on a wide range of financial topics.

Scholarships: What You Need to Know

Outside donor scholarship checks $500 or over will automatically be split between the fall and spring semester unless accompanied by documentation from the donor that all funds should be applied to one semester. Please click here for more information about scholarships.

Stay Protected and Avoid Student Loan Scams

As a new school year gets under way, make sure you are aware of your loan servicers and be prepared to protect your identity. Learn how to protect yourself.