Paying for College

Chances are you, like many students, need some financial assistance when it comes to paying for your college education. Fortunately, many types of financial aid are available for Iowa State engineering students, so investigate and see which are right for you.


Scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need and do not have to be repaid.

Learn & Earn

Learn & Earn opportunities give you real-world work experience, often in your chosen field, when you’re hired for a paid position in one of several types of working environments. Because you’ll be earning a real paycheck, you can apply what you make to your college bills.

  • Undergraduate research positions allow you to work with faculty on cutting-edge engineering research projects.
  • Internships and co-ops are available with a wide range of employers in the field of engineering.
  • Work study jobs can be found within engineering and non-engineering offices at the university.


Grants are awarded based on financial need and do not have to be repaid.


Loans are available through a number of sources, and it is important to understand that these will need to be repaid, generally with interest.