Mandatory Fees

2021-2022 Mandatory Fee Rates (listed for the full time rate)

Tuition and fees are approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa for the 2021-2022 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Mandatory fees, vary by student type (i.e., on-campus, temporarily off-campus, or distance education program). These fees are charged each semester to all enrolled students and are in addition to tuition. For mandatory fee details visit http://www.registrar.iastate.edu/fees and select the appropriate tuition detail table. 

 

Student Type Descriptions: 

On-Campus: All enrolled students who are participating in a degree program not identified as, temporarily off campus nor seeking a degree in a fully online, distance education program. 

Temporarily Off-Campus: Students who are temporarily off-campus due to specifically defined course or program enrollment. This includes those who are student teaching, studying abroad, or who are completing an internship/co-op off campus. Students in this group have a different experience and interaction with the services supported by the mandatory fee compared to their on-campus counterparts. 

Distance Education Program: Students who are seeking a degree in a fully online, distance education degree program. 

 

 

Fee Type 

Student Type 

On-Campus 

Temporarily Off-Campus 

Distance Education Program 

Activity, Services, Building and Recreation 

$375.45 

$145.55 

 

N/A 

Health Facility Fee 

$3.00 

$3.00 

N/A 

Health Fee 

$131.50 

$44.00 

N/A 

Technology Fee 

Yes - Varies by credit and major  

Yes - Varies by credit and major  

Yes - Varies by credit and major 

 

Fee Type Descriptions: 

Activity, Services, Building and Recreation: The activity, services & building fee is a mandatory fee that supports a variety of activities and services for all students. It is not based on whether or not a student uses an individual activity or service. This fee provides several benefits such as student admission rates to concerts and athletic events and, unlimited use of CyRide, the Ames bus system. In addition, the fee provides support for campus recreation facilities, the Memorial Union, and campus organizations and services as allocated by the Government of the Student Body. The activity, services, building and recreation fee includes assessments of the following amounts for each fall and spring semester. 

Activity Fee Category 

On-Campus Amount 

Temporarily Off-Campus Amount 

Distance Education Program Amount 

Student Activities 

$44.00 

$44.00 

$0 

Student Services 

126.10 

$0 

$0 

Building 

44.55 

44.55 

$0 

Recreation 

160.80 

$57.00 

$0 

Total 

375.45 

$145.55 

$0 

 

Exempt: 

  • Students exclusively registered in courses for which no tuition is assessed 

  • Student exclusively registered in continuous registration status courses 

  • High school students enrolled under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act.  

  • Students seeking a degree in a fully online, distance education program 

 

Students in exemption categories named above may elect to pay this fee and will be assessed based upon their enrollment status. 

For students who withdraw or change to an exempt status as defined above, the tuition adjustment schedule will also be used for the activity fee. 

All students will be charged a maximum of $188.25 (on-campus amount) or $73.00 (temporarily off-campus amount) in the summer semester. 

Health Facility Fee: On-campus and temporarily off-campus students are charged a Health Facility Fee each semester.  

Exempt: 

  • Students exclusively registered in courses for which no tuition is assessed 

  • Student exclusively registered in continuous registration status courses 

  • High school students enrolled under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act.  

  •  Students seeking a degree in a fully online, distance education program 

These exceptions do not apply to international students (except where noted) or graduate students on graduate assistantships. For students who withdraw or change to an exempt status as defined above, the refund schedule for tuition will be used for the health facility fee. 

The ISU sponsored student health insurance is separate and distinct from the ISU health fee or the health facility fee. Students must pay the health and health facility fee and if they are participating in the ISU student health insurance program. 

All students will be charged a maximum of $1.50 in the summer semester. 

Health Fee (Student Health): The health fee is a mandatory fee that partially finances the services of the Thielen Student Health Center.  

Exempt: 

  • Students enrolled for four or fewer credits  

  • Students exclusively registered in courses for which no tuition is assessed 

  • Student exclusively registered in continuous registration status courses 

  • ISU employees whose primary role at the university is as an employee 

  • High school students enrolled under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act.  

  • Students seeking a degree in a fully online, distance education program 

These exemptions do not apply to international students or to graduate students on graduate assistantships. Students who are exempt from the mandatory health fee may use the services of the Thielen Student Health Center on a fee for service basis, or may elect to pay the health fee and health facility fee (based on their student type), which allows participants to receive services at the Thielen Student Health Center for the same rate as students who pay the mandatory health fees. Spouses/domestic partners of students who wish to use the Thielen Student Health Center must pay the on-campus Health Fee and Health Facility Fee. 

For full semester courses, students who withdraw or change to an exempt status as defined above will receive a credit adjustment of 100 percent through the 10th day of classes, with no credit adjustment after the 10th day of classes. Students who add courses at any time during the semester will be assessed the student health fee if applicable according to the guidelines stated above. Students who carry the ISU sponsored insurance must also be assessed the student health fee. If spouse or domestic partner is covered under the insurance plan, the spouse (domestic partner) must also be covered under the Health Fee and Health Facility Fee. 

All students will be charged a maximum of $65.75 (on-campus amount) or $22.00 (temporarily off-campus amount) in the summer semester. 

For additional details please visit https://health.iastate.edu/insurance-billing/student-health-fees/

Technology Fee: All students will be charged a technology fee each semester. The technology fee covers things such as maintenance, support systems, AccessPlus, and email. 

 

                                                               
Category 

Undergraduate student registered Full Time 

Graduate student registered Full Time 

College of Engineering (including Systems Engineering, Agricultural Systems Technology, Industrial Technology, and Ag and Biosystems Engineering – College of Ag) 

 

 

$253 

 

 

$253 

Computer Science Majors 

$253 

$253 

College of Design 

$253 

$230 

College of Business 

$165 

$142 

All other majors 

$145 

$122 

 

Students enrolled less than full-time are assessed prorated technology fees according to the number of credits for which they are enrolled. 

Exempt: 

  • Students exclusively registered in courses for which no tuition is assessed 

  • High school students enrolled under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act.  

For students who withdraw, technology fee adjustments will be made according to the tuition adjustment schedule. Adjustments for a reduction in credits below a full-time load is 100 percent through the 10th day of classes, with no refunds after the 10th day of classes. Students who change their major will be charged the full technology fee for the major into which they transfer if the change occurs before the 10th day of classes. If the change occurs after the 10th day of classes, then no change in the technology fee assessment will occur.