These are the estimated costs of attending the University of Iowa for an undergraduate student enrolled full time (for 12 or more semester hours) for the fall and spring semesters.

Tuition and fees vary for International Students and for undergraduate students in business, engineering, nursing, pharmacy, and medicine. Tuition and fees for Part-Time and Online Students (enrolled for fewer than 12 semester hours per semester) are assessed based on the number of semester hours.

Estimated Costs of Attendance - Living On Campus, 2017-18
Billed expenses Iowa Residents Nonresidents
Tuition & fees * $8,973.50 $29,755.50
Housing & meals** $10,450.00 $10,450.00
Total billed expenses $19,423.50 $40,205.50
     
Other estimated expenses Iowa Residents Nonresidents
Books & supplies $950 $950
Personal expenses*** $1,634 $1,634
Transportation $608 $608
Total estimated expenses $3,192 $3,192
Estimated Costs of Attendance - Living Off Campus, 2017-18
Billed expenses Iowa Residents Nonresidents
Tuition & fees * $8,973.50 $29,755.50
Housing & meals** $8,588 $8,588
Total billed expenses $17,561.50 $38,343.50
     
Other estimated expenses Iowa Residents Nonresidents
Books & supplies $950 $950
Personal expenses*** $2,356 $2,356
Transportation $1,064 $1,064
Total estimated expenses $4,370 $4,370
Estimated Costs of Attendance - Living at Home, 2016-17
Billed expenses Iowa Residents
Tuition & fees * $8,973.50
Housing & meals** $1,748.00
Total billed expenses $10,721.50
   
Other estimated expenses Iowa Residents
Books & supplies $950
Personal expenses*** $1,976
Transportation $874
Total estimated expenses $3,800

* Tuition varies for students in these areas of study:
Detailed tuition and fee information

  • Business students pay $9,969 for residents ($30,259 for nonresidents); third- and fourth-year business students pay $11,509 for residents ($31,977 for nonresidents).
  • Engineering students pay $8,797 for residents ($29,035 for nonresidents); second-year engineering students pay $10,067 ($30,369 for nonresidents); third- and fourth-year engineering students pay $11,357 for residents ($31,879 for nonresidents).
  • Medicine undergraduates pay $8,389 for residents ($28,627 for nonresidents).
  • Nursing students pay $10,953 for residents ($31,361 for nonresidents).
  • Pharmacy students pay $24,270 for residents ($43,700 for nonresidents).

** Based on a double room with a meal plan.

*** Personal expenses include phone charges, clothes, entertainment, laundry, and other costs. Although your actual expenses will vary, these estimates should help you plan a budget.

Billing & Payment Information

The University Billing Office generates bills on the first of each month. Contracted charges—including tuition, fees, housing and meals—are billed June 1 for the Summer Session, August 1 for the Fall Semester, December 1 for the Winter Session, and January 1 for the Spring Semester.

Resident/Nonresident Classification

The UI Registrar's Office determines the classification of residents and nonresidents for tuition purposes.