Financing Your Education

When you think in terms of lifetime earnings and quality of life, an Iowa State education is worth the investment. The Office of Student Financial Aid is your source for information about and assistance with covering the cost of your education. More than 85% of Iowa State students receive some form of financial aid.

A college education is an investment, and like any investment, it helps to have an extensive knowledge of your financial options. The Office of Student Financial Aid is your source for information regarding and assistance with covering the cost of your education. Whether it’s gaining an understanding of scholarships and grants or identifying which federal loan is best for you, the Office of Student Financial Aid provides a comprehensive look at the college investment process.

Cost of Attendance

The estimated annual cost of attendance for new students includes Iowa State's tuition and fees, room and meals, as well as an estimate for books and supplies. Total costs of attending Iowa State University may vary based on students' lifestyles, majors, academic colleges, and academic progress.

Need-based Financial Aid

Financial aid awards are typically a combination of grants, loans, and employment. To be considered for need-based financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To receive priority financial aid consideration, it is important that you submit your FAFSA by December 1.

Scholarships

Iowa State University awards millions of dollars in scholarship awards each year to incoming students. Some awards are automatic while many require an application. Scholarships are offered through a variety of sources at Iowa State, so make sure you explore all your options.

Student employment

Many students finance their education through part-time jobs. In fact, research has shown that students who work up to twelve hours per week have higher grade point averages than students who do not work. Two types of part-time positions are available at Iowa State: work study and non-work study. To be considered for work-study eligibility, you must submit the FAFSA.