Costs & Tuition

Tuition & Expenses

With the exception of tuition and fees, given figures are estimates and subject to change.

2016-2017 Academic Year
Annual Expenses* Iowa Residents Out-of-state Residents
Tuition $21,549 $38,449**
University Fees† $1,235 $1,235
Business Acumen & Career Development Fee† $450 $450
Global Learning Opportunity Airfare1 $2,000 $2,000
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,300
Health Insurance $1,680** $1,680**
Room & Board, Travel & Personal (estimated)* $15,152 $15,152

Sources: UI Registrar's Mandatory Fee Table - UI Office of Student Financial Aid

* Costs vary for international students. Living expenses reflect the estimated annual student costs of housing, transportation, food, and other personal expenses based on federal financial aid guidelines (family expenses not included), according to the UI Office of Student Financial Aid.

** Students awarded a graduate assistantship: pay Iowa resident tuition; receive a reduction in university fees of $324; receive a contribution toward health insurance of up to 90% of the monthly premium.

† The Business Acumen & Career Development (BACD) fee is billed in the fall semester only. This is a yearly course fee. For all other fees, half of the above amount is billed in each semester (fall and spring).

1 All students are required to take a Global Learning Opportunity trip. Grants to assist with cost of airfare are available. View more information.

Tuition for Military Veterans and Family Members

Residency of veterans and family members and individuals covered under Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 falls outside normal residency requirements.

A veteran of a uniformed service or national guard or his or her spouse or dependent child will be classified as an Iowa resident and receive in-state tuition rates if the veteran is a student meeting any of the below 3 requirements, listed in Code Section 21.11(b)(5).

  1. The veteran has separated from a uniformed service with an honorable or general discharge, is eligible for benefits, or has exhausted benefits, under the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or any other federal authorizing veteran educational benefits program.
  2. The individual is an active duty military person, or activated or temporarily mobilized National Guard member.
  3. The individual is a covered person under Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 or subsequent legislation.

Iowa Residency

The Office of the Registrar determines residency for the purposes of tuition. See residency FAQs and the University of Iowa's residency classification policy on the Registrar's website.

Cost of Living

CityCost of Living Index
San Francisco, CA 166
Chicago, IL 114
Ann Arbor, MI 98
State College, PA 98
Madison, WI 95
Iowa City, IA 92
Columbus, OH 88
Bloomington, IN 85

According to Yahoo's cost of living index, Iowa City's cost of living index is 8% below the national average.

Iowa City's cost of living compares favorably with other cities that boast Big Ten universities. For residents relocating from some of the nation's largest cities, a pleasant surprise is in store when they find their money goes a bit further in a convenient setting like Iowa City.

100 = national average
92 = Iowa City