Financing a Graduate Degree
Iowa State University provides graduate education of international repute at an affordable cost. Even so, financial assistance can be a crucial part of attaining an advanced degree. Iowa State is aware of this need and provides services to help you plan for graduate education expenses.
Expenses you may expect to encounter at ISU are:
- Tuition - current rates for in- and out-of-state tuition at ISU
- Fees - including computer fees, class fees, books and some living expenses
- Housing and Living Expenses - including on-campus graduate residence halls and apartments
- Health Insurance - offered at an affordable rate through our Student Health Center
Some ways in which Iowa State provides assistance in education expenses are:
- Graduate Assistantships - Approximately 80% of our PhD students and 35% of our masters students receive an assistantship including Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships (The percentages can differ greatly among disciplines.)
- Bridge Funding: Arrival of New Child - Starting July 1, 2013, Graduate assistants, Post Docs, and Pre Docs may request up to six weeks of funding for the arrival of a new child.
- Employment - including on and off campus jobs
- Financial Aid - including grants and loans
- Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - (AGEP) Fellowship
- Graduate Assistantship Program - (GMAP)financial assistance for U.S. citizens from underrepresented ethnic groups pursuing master and doctoral degrees across all areas.
- George Washington Carver Doctoral Fellowship Program - open to U.S. citizens from underrepresented ethnic groups pursuing Ph.D. degrees across all areas.
- Diane Brandt Scholarship for Women - established an endowed fund in 2010 to serve many generations of ISU women in science, engineering, math and other fields in which women have traditionally been underrepresented.
- Federally-sponsored opportunities - Opportunities for graduate students in STEM fields