Cost + Aid

The best investment you’ll ever make

We know a college education is an investment, and more than 85 percent of students receive some form of financial aid.

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 has several options to suit your needs.

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.

Entering freshmen can estimate their cost of attending Iowa State with the Office of Student Financial Aid Net Price Calculator.

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 January 3 (freshmen) and March 1 (transfers).

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, simply complete our OneApp.

Many students finance their education through part-time jobs. In fact, research has shown that students who work up to 12 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.