New to ISU?

Now is the time to develop your financial plan and discuss what resources your family will use to pay your expenses. Having your financial plan developed before arriving on campus can help minimize stress for everyone when school starts.

Summer Financial Aid

The Summer Financial Aid Application is now open in AccessPlus. Any student who wishes to receive financial aid for the Summer 2022 term, must complete the Summer Aid Application. Students cannot complete the Summer Aid Application until they have fully registered for their summer courses. Learn more

Virtual and in Person Financial Aid Advising Available

We are currently offering in-person and virtual advising appointments. If you need financial aid assistance, please make an appointment on the Navigate Student mobile app, available for download through the app store. If you are a New or Prospective student, please call 515-294-2223 to schedule an appointment.

If you have financial aid documents or scholarship checks to hand in, please utilize our drop boxes located near the U-Bill payment center (outside of 0210 Beardshear Hall near the elevators). If you have a scholarship check that needs to be endorsed, please fill out the endorsement forms that are located near the drop box.

Attention Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Transfer Students

The priority deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for transfer students enrolling at Iowa State in the fall of 2022 and spring of 2023 is now March 1, 2022. The OneApp scholarship application deadline is March 10, 2022. Take the next step, Apply Today!


OneApp is now open for students to apply for scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST by the date they are due.

Avoid Scammers 

You may receive a call or email regarding “COVID Loan Forgiveness” for your student loans. This is not a legitimate service from the U.S. Department of Education. Please do not share any of your personal information! You can find legitimate information about Coronavirus payment relief on the Federal Student Aid website.

Affordable Connectivity Program Can Assist with Broadband Access

About the Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines; or
  • Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
  • Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
  • Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income program.

For more information or to enroll in the program, go to

SNAP Benefit Qualifications Expanded During National Emergency

As a result of the current national emergency, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been expanded to include college students. College students who are enrolled in six credits or more and have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 on their 21-22 FAFSA or working for the federal College Work Study program may be eligible for SNAP benefits.

CARES, CRRSA, and ARP Act Emergency Grant

Iowa State University received $57,735,048 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III)
from the American Rescue Plan with $28.9 million to be used for emergency student financial aid
grants and the remainder designated for institutional operations. As of September 30, 2021, 586
students have been awarded $1.1 million . To date, these students were awarded on financial need
or via referral for technology needs. Additional awards will be made utilizing information from the
Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) form to identify students with exceptional need,
such as Pell Grant recipients. 

CARES Act (HEERF I), CRSSA Act (HEERF II) and ARP (HEERF III) reporting metrics for both the student and institutional portions are available.

Support to Students

For Student Wellness support and Food Pantry information, visit this Student Wellness information page. –>