Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs of being enrolled for one year at Iowa State University. Students are assigned a financial aid budget based on their estimated cost of attendance, which is used to determine the maximum amount of financial aid needed. 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

This chart has been updated to reflect 2016-2017 tuition increases approved by the Iowa Board of Regents on July 18th, 2016

Costs by Classification

Undergraduate Students Fall & Spring — All Years

Resident Non-Resident International
Year '16-'17 '15-'16 '14-'15 '16-'17 '15-'16 '14-'15 '16-'17
Tuition & Fees $8,219 $7,736 $7,731 $21,583 $20,856 $20,617 $22,083
Room & Board $8,356 $8,070 $7,830 $8,356 $8,070 $7,830 $8,356
Books & Supplies $995 $1,034 $1,039 $991 $1,034 $1,043 $996
Total University Expenses $17,570 $16,840 $16,600 $30,930 $29,960 $29,490 $31,435
Anticipated Personal Expenses $2,430 $2,430 $2,430 $2,430 $2,430 $2,430 $4,665
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $20,000 $19,270 $19,030 $33,360 $32,390 $31,920 $36,100

Graduate Students Fall & Spring — All Years

Resident Non-Resident International
Year '16-'17 '15-'16 '14-'15 '16-'17 '15-'16 '14-'15 '16-'17
Tuition & Fees $9,549 $9,172 $9,027 $22,861 $22,096 $21,841 $23,361
Room & Board $8,607 $8,275 $8,275 $8,607 $8,275 $8,275 $8,607
Books & Supplies $994 $1,033 $1,038 $992 $1,039 $1,044 $987
Total University Expenses $19,150 $18,480 $18,340 $32,460 $31,410 $31,160 $32,955
Anticipated Personal Expenses $2,990 $2,990 $2,990 $2,990 $2,990 $2,990 $4,915
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $22,140 $21,470 $21,330 $35,450 $34,400 $34,150 $37,870

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

Resident Non-Resident
Year '16-'17 '15-'16 '14-'15 '16-'17 '15-'16 '14-'15
Tuition & Fees $22,651 $21,742 $21,097 $48,757 $47,288 $45,851
Room & Board $8,607 $8,275 $8,275 $8,607 $8,275 $8,275
Books & Supplies $992 $1,033 $1,038 $996 $1,037 $1,044
Total University Expenses $32,250 $31,050 $30,410 $58,360 $56,600 $55,170
Anticipated Personal Expenses $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $35,570 $34,370 $33,730 $61,680 $59,920 $58,490

Veterinary Medicine Students Fall & Spring — Year 4

Resident Non-Resident
Year '16-'17 '15-'16 '14-'15 '16-'17 '15-'16 '14-'15
Tuition & Fees $22,322 $21,442 $20,805 $39,260 $38,084 $36,933
Room & Board $8,607 $8,275 $8,275 $8,607 $8,275 $8,275
Books & Supplies $991 $1,033 $1,040 $993 $1,041 $1,042
Total University Expenses $31,920 $30,750 $30,120 $48,860 $47,400 $46,250
Anticipated Personal Expenses $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $35,240 $34,070 $33,440 $52,180 $50,720 $49,570