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Iowa State University

Tuition & Aid
Bottom line

Tuition at Iowa State University is an excellent value for in-state students, with in-state credit hours being just $267. Room and board will come to about $8,000; books, supplies, and required fees will add another $2,000. Students from out-of-state can expect to pay $762 per credit hour, with overall tuition being just upwards of $18,000—still a very affordable total for a school providing such a wealth of educational opportunities. Plus, almost 100 percent of freshmen receive some manner of financial support, with nearly 100 percent receiving some form of need-based aid. Financial aid packages average between $11,000 to $12,000; for most freshman, the total need-based gift aid approaches $7,500, with the average amount of loan debt per graduate at about $30,000.
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Visiting And Contact Information

100 Enrollment Services Center

Ames, IA 50011-2011

United States

Phone: 515-294-5836

Fax: 515-294-2592


Expenses per Academic Year
In-State Tuition:$6,648
Out-of-State Tuition:$19,200
On-Campus Room and Board:$7,721
On-Campus Room Only:$4,093
On-Campus Board Only:$3,628
Average Cost for Books and Supplies:$1,043
Required Fees:$1,078
Other Expenses:$2,030
Estimate Transportation for Commuters (living at home):$400.00
Estimate Transportation for Commuters (not living at home):$400.00
Cost Per Credit-Hour (In-State):$277
Cost Per Credit-Hour (Out-of-State):$800
Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study:No

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Financial Aid Statistics
Financial Aid Rating: 84
Freshman receiving any financial aid:86%
Undergraduates receiving any financial aid:79%
Average Percent of Need Met:81%
Average Total Financial Aid Package:$11,841
Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid:$7,692
Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid:$6,607
Average Need-Based Loan:$4,404
Average amount of loan debt per graduate:$29,898
Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program:61%

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Available Aid
Financial Aid Methodology Used:Federal
Scholarships and Grants:Federal Pell
State Scholarships / Grants
College / University Scholarships
Federal Direct Student Loan Programs:Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
Direct PLUS Loans
Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL):Federal Perkins Loans
College/university loans from institutional funds
Other:Private alternative loans
Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study):Yes
Direct Lender:Yes

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Financial Aid for International Students
Financial Aid Policy for International Students:Need-based scholarship or grant aid is available
Non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available
Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Aid:$4,352.00
Required Financial Aid Forms:Institution's own financial aid form

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Financial Aid Application Process
Financial Aid Application Deadline:Rolling Basis
Freshman Financial Aid Notification Date:Rolling Basis
Notification Begins:04/01
Required Forms:FAFSA
Financial Aid Office Phone Number:515-294-2223

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