Tuition Cost

UNI is consistently ranked among the country's "best buys" in higher education.  Kiplinger's Personal Finances ranked UNI among the nation's "Top 100 Values in Public Schools," and as No. 7 in their list of Top 25 Universities and Colleges Under $30,000.  In addition, the cost of living in Iowa is well below the national average (  


Expenses for Students With No Dependents Academic year August 2014 to May 2015

  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition and Fees $17,647 $19,007
Books and Supplies $800 $800
Health Insurance $1,350 $1,350
Campus Housing and Meals $8,066 $8,066
Personal & Recreational Expenses $1,500 $1,500
Total cost for 2 semesters $29,363 $30,723

Summer Session (May to July)

  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition and Fees (figured for 6 hours) $4,447.50 $6,277.50
Books, Supplies $300 $300
Health Insurance $270 $270
Campus Housing and Meals $2,500 $2,500
Personal & Recreational Expenses $500 $500
Total cost for summer $8,017.50 $9,847.50


Immigration rules do not require foreign students to attend summer school after 9 months of continuous enrollment.

The College of Business Administration has a differential tuition for students who are a declared major in the College of Business Administration and are classified as a junior, senior or graduate student. More information can be found at

Expenses for Students with Dependents Academic year August 2013 to May 2014

Students whose spouse or children plan to accompany them to Cedar Falls on F-2 or J-2 visas must provide additional evidence of financial support for the living expenses of their dependents

Living Expenses

Spouse $4,000.00 per year
Each Child $3,000.00 per year

Health Insurance Cost

Spouse (12 months) $1,600.00 per year
Each Child (12 months) $2,600.00 per year

Financial Aid Resources

Financial Aid

International Student Scholar Award - Applicants with strong academic backgrounds may qualify for this scholarship with awards ranging from $1000-$6000 per year. International Student Scholar recipients will be asked to participate in campus cultural awareness activities and specified recruiting efforts.


  • Equivalent grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Examples of leadership and service
  • Letter of Interest detailing qualifications and need

Enrolled students may apply for scholarships through their academic departments, although many awards are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are for comparatively small amounts. An online scholarship board can be viewed at

Graduate Assistantships and

Graduate College Tuition Scholarships


For more information, click here.


There are many job opportunities on the UNI campus for students with student (F) visas or exchange visitor (J) visas to work. The pay is usually in the range of $7.50 - $9.50 per hour. F and J visa holders are not authorized to work off campus as a means of support except under extraordinary circumstances. An online job board can be viewed at