Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance is an estimate of the 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

Costs by Classification

Undergraduate Students Fall & Spring — All Years

Resident Non-Resident
Year '15-'16 '14-'15 '13-'14 '15-'16 '14-'15 '13-'14
Tuition & Fees $7,736 $7,731 $7,726 $20,856 $20,617 $20,278
Room & Board $8,070 $7,830 $7,721 $8,070 $7,830 $7,721
Books & Supplies $1,034 $1,039 $1,043 $1,034 $1,043 $1,041
Total University Expenses $16,840 $16,600 $16,490 $29,960 $29,490 $29,040
Anticipated Personal Expenses $2,430 $2,430 $2,430 $2,430 $2,430 $2,430
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $19,270 $19,030 $18,920 $32,390 $31,920 $31,470

Graduate Students Fall & Spring — All Years

Resident Non-Resident
Year '15-'16 '14-'15 '13-'14 '15-'16 '14-'15 '13-'14
Tuition & Fees $9,172 $9,027 $8,880 $22,096 $21,841 $21,190
Room & Board $8,275 $8,275 $8,160 $8,275 $8,275 $8,160
Books & Supplies $1,033 $1,038 $1,040 $1,039 $1,044 $1,040
Total University Expenses $18,480 $18,340 $18,080 $31,410 $31,160 $30,390
Anticipated Personal Expenses $2,990 $2,990 $2,990 $2,990 $2,990 $2,990
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $21,470 $21,330 $21,070 $34,400 $34,150 $33,380

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

Resident Non-Resident
Year '15-'16 '14-'15 '13-'14 '15-'16 '14-'15 '13-'14
Tuition & Fees $21,742 $21,097 $20,230 $47,288 $45,851 $43,918
Room & Board $8,275 $8,275 $8,160 $8,275 $8,275 $8,160
Books & Supplies $1,033 $1,038 $1,040 $1,037 $1,044 $1,042
Total University Expenses $31,050 $30,410 $29,430 $56,600 $55,170 $53,120
Anticipated Personal Expenses $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $34,370 $33,730 $32,750 $59,920 $58,490 $56,440

Veterinary Medicine Students Fall & Spring — Year 4

Resident Non-Resident
Year '15-'16 '14-'15 '13-'14 '15-'16 '14-'15 '13-'14
Tuition & Fees $21,442 $20,805 $19,950 $38,084 $36,933 $35,384
Room & Board $8,275 $8,275 $8,160 $8,275 $8,275 $8,160
Books & Supplies $1,033 $1,040 $1,040 $1,041 $1,042 $1,046
Total University Expenses $30,750 $30,120 $29,150 $47,400 $46,250 $44,590
Anticipated Personal Expenses $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320 $3,320
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $34,070 $33,440 $32,470 $50,720 $49,570 $47,910

Veterinary Medicine Students Summer — Year 4

Resident Non-Resident
Year 2015 2015
Tuition & Fees $10,468 $18,789
Room & Board $3,879 $3,879
Books & Supplies $517 $517
Total University Expenses $14,864 $23,185
Anticipated Personal Expenses $1,574 $1,574
Total Expected Cost of Attendance (rounded) $16,438 $24,759