Federal financial aid regulations allow universities to adjust your cost of attendance if education-related expenses exceed the costs already built into your cost of attendance. An increase to the cost of attendance ONLY increases the eligibility to apply for loans. Completing the cost of attendance adjustment form does NOT increase eligibility for the HPSL and/or LDS loans and scholarships.

The following are considered for a cost of attendance adjustment

  • Book and supply costs that exceed $545 a semester
  • Course fees on your ISU U-Bill
  • Student & Scholar Health Insurance on your ISU U-Bill that exceeds $500 a semester
  • Transportation expenses for commuter and preceptorship students
  • Preceptorship or conference expenses required for completion of your DVM
  • Medical expenses not covered by health insurance and exceed $500 a semester
  • Childcare expenses for dependent children under the age of 12
  • NAVLE registration cost

The following are not considered for a cost of attendance adjustment

  • Parking permits and all other vehicle expenses
  • Consumer bills (ie: cell phone, car payment, insurance, utilities, etc.)
  • Costs associated with outstanding consumer debt
  • Off-campus living expense that exceed the amount provided for housing
  • Food expenses for students living off-campus, including off-campus students who choose to purchase a meal plan, meal block, and/or dining dollars
  • Relocation expenses
  • Interview expenses
  • Clothing for self or family
  • Pet or hobby expenses
  • NAVLE preparatory material

The Review Process

  • Confirm the cost of attendance adjustment form is completed and signed
  • Include documentation of expenses not on your U-Bill

Submit your cost attendance adjustment form and all documentation via email to vmfinancialaid@iastate.edu

Submitting a cost of attendance adjustment form does not guarantee your cost of attendance will change. If loans are increased due to a cost of attendance adjustment, it is your responsibility to take the necessary steps to secure the additional loan funds.