Acceptance Fee Refund Policy

The $330 acceptance fee is specific to the term for which you accept your offer of admission. If you change your term of entry, you will be assessed this fee again.

Of the total amount, $195 is applied toward the New Student Programs fee (orientation and Destination Iowa State programs), and the remaining $135 is an advance payment on your university bill. If you contract for university residence halls or apartments, your $135 advance payment will be used to make your $135 housing prepayment. If you cancel your housing contract and/or your admission, your $330 acceptance fee may be partially refundable, depending upon the date by which the Office of Admissions or the Department of Residence receives your notice of cancellation.

Students who wish to withdraw their admission and receive a partial refund of their admissions acceptance fee based on the deadlines listed below, must initiate their own withdrawal by completing the application change form.

Deadlines for Cancellation*

Entry Semester Deadline Date
Fall Semester May 1
Spring Semester November 1
Summer Semester May 1

*  If you are offered admission after the deadline for cancellation, the acceptance fee is nonrefundable.

Refund Information for Admissions or University Housing Contract

Canceled When In Order To Live In Refund Amount
Admissions
(i.e., no longer plan to attend Iowa State)
Before deadline $305 if no housing contract was submitted.
$295 if housing contract was submitted.
After deadline $135 if no housing contract was submitted.
No refund if housing contract was submitted.
Housing Contract
(i.e., still plan to attend Iowa State, but do not plan to live in university housing)
Before deadline Non-university housing No direct refund. However, $125 will be credited to university bill.
Greek housing No direct refund. However, $125 will be credited to university bill.
After deadline Non-university housing No refund and a cancellation fee of 50% for housing and 80% for dining is assessed (equal to approximately $5386 for a standard A/C residence hall room and default meal plan).
Greek housing If canceled between May 2 and August 1, no refund but no housing cancellation fee assessed.
If canceled after August 1, no refund and a cancellation fee for housing and dining is assessed. Amount of cancellation fee varies based on chapter affiliation.

Students Interested in Living in Greek Housing

Almost all women who join a sorority live in residence halls during their first year, while most men who join a fraternity move directly into the fraternity houses.

If you are interested in moving into a Greek chapter house, you may go ahead and submit a university residence hall or apartment contract to enhance your chances of getting your top housing preferences and to give you more time to decide whether you wish to move into a fraternity or sorority chapter house.

Just remember that if you decide to move into a fraternity or sorority chapter house, it is critical that you cancel your contract by August 1st.