These are the estimated costs of attending the University of Iowa for an undergraduate student enrolled full time (12 or more semester hours) for the fall and spring semesters. These figures include a one-time University Records and Document Fee of $225 for new students. 

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, 2019-20
Billed expenses Iowa Residents Nonresidents
Tuition & fees * $9,830 $31,793
Housing & meals** $11,400 $11,400
Total billed expenses $21,230 $43,193
Other estimated expenses Iowa Residents Nonresidents
Books & supplies $950 $950
Personal expenses*** $2,204 $2,204
Transportation $646 $646
Total estimated expenses $3,800 $3,800
Estimated Costs of Attendance - Living Off Campus, 2019-20
Billed expenses Iowa Residents Nonresidents
Tuition & fees * $9,830 $31,793
Housing & meals** $9,424 $9,424
Total billed expenses $19,254 $41,217
Other estimated expenses Iowa Residents Nonresidents
Books & supplies $950 $950
Personal expenses*** $2,204 $2,204
Transportation $1,102 $1,102
Total estimated expenses $4,256 $4,256
Estimated Costs of Attendance - Living at Home, 2019-20
Billed expenses Iowa Residents
Tuition & fees * $9,830
Housing & meals** $3,306
Total billed expenses $13,136
Other estimated expenses Iowa Residents
Books & supplies $950
Personal expenses*** $2,204
Transportation $1,102
Total estimated expenses $4,256

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

  • Business students pay $11,556 for residents ($33,558 for nonresidents); third- and fourth-year business students pay $13,251 for residents ($35,424 for nonresidents).
  • Engineering students pay $11,150 for residents ($33,094 for nonresidents); second-, third-, and fourth-year engineering students pay $12,889 ($35,123 for nonresidents).
  • Medicine undergraduates pay $9,632 for residents ($31,595 for nonresidents).
  • Nursing students pay $12,646 for residents ($34,759 for nonresidents).
  • Pharmacy students pay $28,599 for residents ($45,075 for nonresidents).

** Based on a double room with a meal plan for the academic year (9 months).

*** 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.