The total sticker academic price and living expense for in-state Iowa residents to go to ISU is $16,840 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Iowa residence can expect a one year cost of $29,960.
Iowa State University tuition is $6,648 per year for in-state residents. This is 1% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,614. The cost is 71% cheaper than the average Iowa tuition of $22,702 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 1st in Iowa amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 45th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $19,768 which represents a 197% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $1,088 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,736.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,070 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Ames should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,034.
All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.
|Iowa Resident Total Cost||$16,840|
|Room and Board||$8,070|
|Books and Supplies||$1,034|
|Non-Resident Total Cost||$29,960|
|Room and Board||$8,070|
|Books and Supplies||$1,034|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $16,840 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported ISU net price for in-state students $13,899* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
76% of Iowa State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,137. 20 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,116. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Iowa State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$13,899*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||76%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$7,137|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||20%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,116|
The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.
|Family Income||Avg. Net Price|
|$0 to $30,000||$8,721|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$10,063|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$13,249|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$16,007|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $16,840. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Iowa State University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.
*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.
Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.
To make a comparative assessment if ISU is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 60/100 for Iowa State University. Considering an average net price paid of $13,554, this leads to an overall value ranking of 76/100. This places the school 71st on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.
|School||Cost vs. Iowa State University|
|University of Iowa||0.5% more expensive|
|Winona State University||6.8% more expensive|
|University of Wisconsin La Crosse||14.1% more expensive|
|University of South Dakota||34.7% less expensive|
|University of Missouri Columbia||24.6% more expensive|
When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Iowa State University.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at ISU is $67,360 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.
A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $13,554 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $54,216**
If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $84,200 or $67,770 using an average net price.
**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.
Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Iowa State University.
|Iowa Resident Tuition Per Semester||$3,324|
|Iowa Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$8,420|
|Non-Iowa Resident Tuition Per Semester||$9,884|
|Non-Iowa Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$14,980|
Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Iowa State University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour for Iowa residents||$277|
|Cost for one class for Iowa residents (3 credit hours)||$831|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$824|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$2,472|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$3,296|
The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 50% of Iowa State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,432. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $29,898.
How much are student loan payments for Iowa State University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.
The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $54,216, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $66,769.67. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Iowa State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 76% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $13,554. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Iowa State University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.
Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$556.41|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$12,553.67|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$66,769.67|
Can I afford to attend ISU? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Iowa State University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.
Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $66,769.67 would be needed to afford a $556.41 monthly payment in the example $54,216.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.
What will it cost to send your child to Iowa State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,408 to $6,648. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 0.9%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $67,360.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Iowa State University.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2021||$23,159||$92,636|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2026||$29,557||$118,229|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2031||$37,723||$150,894|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2034||$43,670||$174,678|
What was tuition at ISU five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Iowa State University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.
|Area of Study||Graduates||vs National Avg|
|Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||224||25% cheaper|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||116||11% cheaper|
|Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||113||25% cheaper|
|Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||94||30% cheaper|
|Family and Community Services Bachelor's Degree||94||7% costlier|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree||93||21% cheaper|
|Construction Engineering Bachelor's Degree||85||18% cheaper|
|Farm/Farm and Ranch Management Bachelor's Degree||80||28% cheaper|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||76||24% cheaper|
|Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree||74||30% cheaper|
|Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree||72||17% cheaper|
|Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree||68||16% cheaper|
|Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree||67||7% costlier|
|Architecture Bachelor's Degree||63||33% cheaper|
|Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||63||25% cheaper|
|Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree||61||21% cheaper|
|Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree||56||13% cheaper|
|Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree||48||14% cheaper|
|Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree||40||13% cheaper|
|Interior Design Bachelor's Degree||38||12% cheaper|
|Finance, General Bachelor's Degree||38||15% cheaper|
|Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree||37||35% cheaper|
|Management Science Bachelor's Degree||32||23% cheaper|
|Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree||32||22% cheaper|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||31||23% cheaper|
|Food Science Bachelor's Degree||30||19% cheaper|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||30||9% cheaper|
|City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree||30||22% cheaper|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||30||24% cheaper|
|Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree||27||33% cheaper|
|Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree||25||23% cheaper|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree||24||23% cheaper|
|Meteorology Bachelor's Degree||21||17% cheaper|
|Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree||20||19% cheaper|
|Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||20||37% cheaper|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree||19||13% cheaper|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||19||1% cheaper|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||18||26% cheaper|
|Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||18||16% cheaper|
|Forest Sciences and Biology Bachelor's Degree||18||22% cheaper|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||17||24% cheaper|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||14||29% cheaper|
|Computer Software Engineering Bachelor's Degree||13||18% cheaper|
|Family Resource Management Studies, General Bachelor's Degree||13||12% cheaper|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||13||21% cheaper|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||12||23% cheaper|
|Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree||11||29% cheaper|
|Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree||11||29% cheaper|
|Accounting Bachelor's Degree||11||14% cheaper|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||10||23% cheaper|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||10||24% cheaper|
|Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||10||36% cheaper|
|Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree||9||14% cheaper|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree||9||20% cheaper|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||6||22% cheaper|
|German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||6||32% cheaper|
|Advertising Bachelor's Degree||6||16% cheaper|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||5||22% cheaper|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||5||21% cheaper|
|Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator Bachelor's Degree||5||36% cheaper|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||5||21% cheaper|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||5||31% cheaper|
|Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||4||45% cheaper|
|Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree||4||3% cheaper|
|Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree||4||11% cheaper|
|Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||3||13% cheaper|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||3||29% cheaper|
|Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree||3||14% cheaper|
|Ecology Bachelor's Degree||3||26% cheaper|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||3||29% cheaper|
|Dairy Science Bachelor's Degree||3||12% cheaper|
|Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree||3||33% cheaper|
|Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||2||22% cheaper|
|Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree||2||33% cheaper|
|Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree||2||4% cheaper|
|Public Administration Bachelor's Degree||2||8% cheaper|
|Journalism Bachelor's Degree||2||18% cheaper|
|Entomology Bachelor's Degree||2||28% cheaper|
|Bioinformatics Bachelor's Degree||2||22% cheaper|
|Russian Studies Bachelor's Degree||1||43% cheaper|
|Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree||1||17% cheaper|
|Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Bachelor's Degree||1||21% cheaper|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||1||28% cheaper|
|Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||4% cheaper|
|Fashion/Apparel Design Bachelor's Degree||1||22% cheaper|
|Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree||1||26% cheaper|
|Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree||1||21% cheaper|
|Engineering/Industrial Management Bachelor's Degree||1||20% cheaper|
|Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||1||24% cheaper|
|Genetics, General Bachelor's Degree||1||25% cheaper|
|Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree||1||31% cheaper|
|International Agriculture Bachelor's Degree||1||27% cheaper|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree||1||17% cheaper|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Iowa State University or model a student loan.
Iowa State University is a four year public college located in Ames, Iowa. Full time enrollment is 30,888 and part time is 3,547. For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 18,399 applicants. 15,990 were admitted and 6,041 enrolled.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
Iowa State University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.
Iowa State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153603 IPEDS survey data.