Iowa State's two differential tuition rates

Differential tuition rate A:  $1,600 per year

Upon full implementation, the differential rate will be uniform across the colleges of Design, Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Agriculture and Life Sciences (minus its two programs assessing differential tuition rate B).

Applies to:

1. All undergraduate and graduate studio-based majors in the College of Design (excludes the B.A. in art and design), assessed upon entry into the program, (not assessed to undergraduates in the college's first year core design program.

2. The following 30 undergraduate majors, assessed after 60 credits (typically the beginning of the third year):

  • Agricultural biochemistry
  • Agricultural business
  • Agronomy
  • Apparel, merchandising and design
  • Athletic training
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics and computational biology
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry
  • Culinary food science
  • Data science
  • Diet and exercise
  • Dietetics
  • Earth science
  • Economics
  • Environmental science
  • Event management
  • Food science
  • Geology
  • Global resource systems
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality management
  • Kinesiology and health
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

3. The following 19 graduate programs, assessed upon entry to the program:

  • Agronomy
  • Animal science
  • Apparel, events and hospitality management
  • Biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Economics
  • Entomology
  • Food science and human nutrition
  • Geological and atmospheric sciences
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial design
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Natural resources ecology and management
  • Physics and astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Statistics


Differential tuition rate B: $2,162 per year for resident students, $3,026 for non-residents, including international students

Upon full implementation, the differential rate will be uniform across the colleges of Business, Engineering and the two programs in Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Applies to (and assessed after 60 credits for undergraduates):

1. All majors in the Ivy College of Business

2. All majors in the College of Engineering

3. Two majors (agriculture systems technology and industrial technology) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences