Paying for School

A Quality, Affordable Education

The University of Iowa prides itself on offering a world-class education at an affordable rate. With tuition and fees among the lowest in the Big Ten, Iowa has been ranked a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 12 years in a row.

M.A. Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency: $560/Credit Hour
M.S. STEM Education: $560/Credit Hour

Fees for books and other course materials will vary by course. Note that tuition rates may change. Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year will be $595.00 per credit hour, pending approval from the Board of Regents. The academic year begins August 2020.

Program costs also include an additional one-time $225 documents and records fee and a technology fee based on the number of credit hours a student is enrolled each semester:

  • 9+ credit hours/semester: $253.50
  • 4-8 credit hours/semester: $190.25
  • 1-3 credit hours/semester: $126.75

Financial Assistance

To make higher education more accessible, Iowa offers various financial assistance options. The Office of Student Financial Aid is dedicated to helping students navigate the financial aid process and take advantage of the resources available to them, including:

Federal Stafford Loans: Online graduate students may qualify for subsidized and/or unsubsidized loans, which allow eligible students to borrow money to help cover tuition, living expenses, books, and other expenses.


Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: As a graduate student, you may be eligible for a Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan. This low-interest, credit-based federal loan provides funds to cover additional educational expenses not met by other types of aid.


Employer Tuition Support Plan: If your employer reimburses you for all or part of your tuition costs after the end of each semester, you may be eligible for tuition deferment, allowing you to pay for your tuition upon receipt of funds.

Degree-seeking graduate students must be enrolled at least half-time (five semester hours during the academic year), or three semester hours during the summer session to qualify for financial aid.

Military and Veteran Students

The University of Iowa is proud to serve our veteran students by providing the support services that ensure a clear path to academic and professional success. Recognized as a 2016 Military Friendly School, the University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows veterans pursuing a degree to qualify for additional support if they are eligible for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

Our Military and Veteran Student Services staff are here to help you take advantage of VA education benefits, awards, grants and scholarships.

For more information on the funding options available and the application process, please visit https://financialaid.uiowa.edu/graduate or call (844) 542-8893 to speak with an enrollment specialist.

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