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2007-2009 Catalog

Tuition, Fees and Expenses

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Fee Glossary (Fee Types)

(Fees as of the 2007-2009 catalog, current fees available at http://www.public.iastate.edu/~registrar/fees/othfee.shtml)

Following are the descriptions of several commonly assessed fees for Iowa State University students. The list is not inclusive. All fees are subject to change without notice.

Activity, Services, and Building: 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. All students will be charged a maximum of $202 each fall and spring semester, and $101.75 per summer semester. Exemptions are granted for students exclusively registered for the following: distance education courses (sections beginning with X); courses for which no tuition is assessed; continuous registration status courses, and high school students enrolled under the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act. 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.

Application: The application fee for domestic undergraduates and graduate students is $30, the fee for international undergraduate students is $50, while the fee for international graduate students is $70. All applicants for Veterinary Medicine pay an application fee of $60. This is a nonrefundable fee and must accompany the application for admission. This fee does not apply to special students or workshop applicants, and is subject to change without notice.

Applied Music (Private Instruction): (updated 3/2007) The music fee is charged to students receiving private music instruction and is in addition to regular tuition. The fee offsets the costs of one-on-one instruction. One credit of instruction is $150; the fee for two credits is $190.

Camp: A special tuition rate is assessed to students participating in camp programs. The undergraduate assessment is $231 per credit and the graduate rate is $359 per credit. Summer camp programs entitled to the special rate are Anthropology and Geology. Students will be charged other fees in addition to tuition for enrolling in these programs. To obtain total fee information, students should contact the director of the individual program.

Catalog: First semester students (transfer or incoming freshmen) receive complimentary copies of the catalog. Catalog information is also available on the Web at http://www.iastate.edu/~catalog/ or provided to high school guidance offices or community college student service areas. Individuals and organizations may purchase a catalog from the University Bookstore for a cost of $5 plus shipping.

Computer: All students will be charged a computer fee each semester.

  • Full-time graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering (including Systems Engineering), and undergraduate students enrolled in the majors of Agricultural Systems Technology and Industrial Technology are charged $218.50 per semester.
  • Full-time graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science are charged $218.50 per semester.
  • Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Business are charged $133 per semester, while full-time graduate students are charged $110 per semester.
  • All other full-time undergraduate students are charged the standard computer fee of $113 per semester. Full-time graduate students are charged an $90 per semester computer fee.
  • Students enrolled less than full-time are assessed prorated computer fees according to the number of credits for which they are enrolled.
  • High school students enrolled under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act; or students enrolled exclusively in courses for which no tuition is assessed are not assessed a computer fee.

For students who withdraw, computer 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 second week, with no refunds after the second week. Students who change their major will be charged the full computer fee for the major into which they transfer if the change occurs before the end of the second week. If the change occurs after the second week, then no change in the computer fee assessment will occur.

Developmental: A developmental course fee is charged in addition to the tuition charged for other courses on the student’s schedule. For example:  A student taking 12 credits plus a developmental course will pay full-time tuition for the 12 credits, PLUS the developmental course fee(s). These fees are intended to cover the direct costs of offering these developmental courses. The following developmental courses are offered:

  • Developmental Chemistry – The Chemistry Department offers Chemistry 50 as a pre-general chemistry courses to those students intending to enroll in general chemistry and who have not taken high school chemistry or who have not had a high school college preparatory course. Chemistry 50 is a remedial course and does not generate credit toward meeting graduation requirements.
  • Developmental English – The English Department offers English 99L and 99R for international students who have deficiencies in their listening and/or reading.
  • Developmental Foreign Languages – The Foreign Languages and Literatures Department offers French 97, German 97, and Spanish 97 as “review modules” intended for students who have had prior study in a language, but who are preparing to take a 102-level course in the same language in order to fulfill the LAS foreign language graduation requirement.
  • Developmental Math – The costs of offering Math 10-30 are provided from special fees for these courses rather than from the General Fund. Math 10-30 are remedial courses in high school algebra and geometry and do not generate credit toward meeting graduation requirements. They are offered at Iowa State as a convenience for students who were not adequately prepared in mathematics in high school.

Diploma Replacement: Individuals who have lost their diploma may request a replacement for $25.

Graduation: Undergraduate and graduate students are charged a $40 graduation fee the term they receive their degree.

Health Facility: All students are charged an $8 Health Facility Fee each semester except for students exclusively registered for the following: distance education courses (CDE); courses for which no tuition is assessed; continuous registration status courses; and high school students enrolled under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act. 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. Students who carry the ISU sponsored student health insurance must also be assessed the health facility fee.

Health (Student Health): A $95 student health fee, which partially finances the services of the Thielen Student Health Center, is charged to all students each semester. This fee is not assessed to students enrolled for four or fewer credits or students exclusively registered for the following: distance education courses (CDE); courses for which no tuition is assessed; continuous registration status courses; weekend MBA courses; Lakeside Laboratory courses; and high school students enrolled under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act. (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 $95 Health Fee and $8 Health Facility Fee, 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 $95 Health Fee and $8 Health Facility Fee.

Students who withdraw or change to an exempt status as defined above will receive a credit adjustment of 100 percent during the first two weeks, with no credit adjustment after the second week. 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.

Health Insurance: All international students and their accompanying dependents must enroll in the ISU Student and Scholar Health Insurance Program. ISU requires nonimmigrant international students and their dependents to purchase and maintain coverage through the ISU health insurance plan for the duration of their tenure at the university. Insurance plans purchased outside the university may be used for supplemental coverage, but cannot be substituted for the ISU plan. Students not assessed the mandatory Student Health Fee and spouses of students should contact the Student Health Insurance Office at 515-294-4820 for more information.

Identification Card (ISUCard) Replacement: All students receive their first identification card free of charge. Those cardholders who have lost or misplaced their identification cards are assessed a $20 fee to cover the cost of replacement.

Late Fee Payment: If payment of the minimum due is not made by the deadline printed on the billing statement, all fees become due immediately. A one-percent finance charge will be assessed on the total amount due at that time. These students will also have a hold placed on their registration until payment of the total amount due has been made.

Late Registration: Undergraduate students who do not complete their registration before the first day of classes are charged a $20 late registration fee. Graduate students who do not complete their registration before the first day of classes are charged a late registration fee of $20 during the first week of classes, $50 the second week of classes, and $100 the third week of classes or anytime later.

New Student Programs: A nonrefundable fee of $140 is assessed to all new degree-seeking undergraduates (including new direct from high school and new transfer students). The fee covers full costs associated with orientation and Destination Iowa State programming, including publications, mailings, programming, and student assistants who provide services to students and their families during orientation and Destination Iowa State.

Returned Check/Direct Debit Charge: This $30 fee is a charge against the person who writes a dishonored check or authorizes a direct debit to an account that has been closed or has insufficient funds.

Schedule Change: Starting the sixth day of classes a $10 fee is charged for course drops, additions, and section changes. One fee is assessed for multiple changes processed at the same time for the same term.

Senior: A $2 fee covers the cost of special senior activities. This fee is optional and is assessed spring term only.

Special Course: Some courses have expenses above the cost of tuition that enhance the instruction. These fees may cover the cost of field trips, use of equipment, materials or supplies, or professional support. Applicable special course fees are listed with the specific course in the Schedule of Classes available at http://classes.iastate.edu/. Special course fees also appear on each student’s schedule detail available on AccessPlus.

Sponsored International Student: This fee is assessed to the sponsor of international students as a way to compensate for the special record keeping, billing requirements, correspondence, and the deferred payment option extended to sponsoring agencies. The current fee will be 5 percent of the total tuition charge billed the sponsor. In succeeding years, the fee may be raised after 90 days advance notice to the sponsoring agency.

Study Abroad: Tuition assessment for study abroad credits, up to a maximum of 12 credits, is above and beyond tuition for other courses taken during the same term.

Thesis Fee: This $100 nonrefundable fee is charged to any student who submits a master’s degree thesis or doctoral dissertation to the Graduate College.

Transcript: Students may obtain an official transcript of their student academic record for $12. An additional $2 service charge for each transcript is assessed for same day service.

Workshops: The fee for one-credit workshops, with no other course enrollments, is $231 for undergraduate students and $359 for graduate students.

Also see:

Tuition

Fee Payment

Deferred Payment

Monthly Payment Plan

Past Due Accounts

Refunds (withdrawal dates, workshop and short courses refunds)