Differential Tuition

In December 2005, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved a proposal for the College of Engineering at Iowa State University to implement differential tuition for engineering junior and senior students with 60 or more credits, beginning in summer 2006.

Differential tuition, sometimes referred to as supplemental tuition or a tuition surcharge, means that a college charges a rate of tuition above that which the university charges. Revenue from differential tuition supports academic excellence in Iowa State’s undergraduate engineering programs and an academic environment for student success.

For information on how Differential Tuition is assessed for undergraduate students, please visit the University Tuition and Fees Frequently Asked Questions site. Graduate students are assessed Differential Tuition at the time of entry.

Differential tuition is used by many universities nationwide. Sometimes it refers to the total tuition rate (sum of both the base tuition and incremental tuition), and other times it is defined as the additional tuition that is supplementary to the base tuition rate.

The following are frequently asked questions regarding the differential tuition. If you have further questions or comments, please email them to Melissa Skinner, Scholarship Coordinator, at skinnerm@iastate.edu.

What is the amount of the additional tuition?
Why should engineering students pay differential tuition?
What is the college doing to ease the financial burden on its students?
How will engineering students benefit from differential tuition?
How do I appeal a differential tuition charge?

A comparison of rates are provided on the web under Registrar Office Tuition and Fees

Contact Us

Engineering Students Services
1300 Marston Hall
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: (515) 294-9295
(800) 262-3810 ext. 9295,
Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. CST
E-mail: engineeringscholarships