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Iowa State University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$19,081 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$9,313 tuition
$8,720 on campus room & board*
$1,048 books and supplies
(Based on stats from 2018/2019)

$34,275 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$24,507 tuition
$8,720 on campus room & board*
$1,048 books and supplies
(Based on stats from 2018/2019)


Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$6,384 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
88% of students receive aid
20% get federal aid ($4,291 avg)
1% get state aid ($5,270 avg)
78% get institn'l aid ($6,384 avg)
50% get loans ($7,208 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 6.52% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 5.68% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $7,425 79%
Federal Grant Aid $4,291 20%
Pell Grants $4,168 19%
Other Federal Grants $788 6%
Institution Grant Aid $6,384 78%
State Grant Aid $5,270 1%
Student Loans $7,208 50%
Federal Loans $5,284 48%
Other Loans $9,499 9%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Financial Aid Contact Info
100 Enrollment Services Center
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-4111


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • ISU Freshman
  • I am a current student here

    Love the Cyride option for getting around campus. It goes around town too, but I only use it for campus trips. I also like the way ISU charges for courses each semester, it is beneficial when you are carrying a high credit load.

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  • 4
  • Hannah Schmidt
  • I am a current student here

    State Universities are quite expensive, but Iowa State is definitely worth the price. The overall tuition might seem a little steep for some, but the experience students receive at Iowa State is worth it in the end. Students truly are paying for the best education, and it shows upon graduation.

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  • 4
  • Jannic from Ames, IA
  • I am a current student here

    Iowa State is a pretty affordable college if you are in-state and is worth your time coming here. Out of state is a bit more expensive but there are a ton of people from different states that choose Iowa State. Iowa State must be an awesome place if we have all these people coming from all over!

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