U.S. Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard

Eligibility for In-State Tuition

Current members of the Armed Forces and their dependent children and spouse/domestic partner immediately qualify for in-state tuition assessment. 

Non-resident students will remain classified as non-resident while being assessed in-state tuition and fees.  Please be aware that receiving in-state tuition may impact student financial aid, scholarship and grant awards.

To request in-state tuition, submit required documentation to the Office of the Registrar as indicated below.

Approved documentation includes:

Military personnel: current orders or military ID card
Dependent child: dependent military ID card or Servicemember’s current orders, and Servicemember’s tax return with student listed as a dependent
Spouse:  dependent military ID card or Servicemember’s current orders and marriage certificate
Domestic partner: Servicemember’s current orders and Affidavit of Domestic Partner Relationship

Eligibility for Iowa Residency:

A person who is moved into the state as the result of military or civil orders from the government for other than educational purposes, and their dependent children and spouse/domestic partner are eligible for Iowa resident classification.

To request Iowa residency, submit required documentation to the Office of the Registrar as indicated below.

Approved documentation includes:

Military Personnel: current orders
Dependent child: Servicemember’s current orders, and Servicemember’s tax return with student listed as a dependent
Spouse: Servicemember’s current orders and marriage certificate
Domestic partner: Servicemember’s current orders and Affidavit of Domestic Partner Relationship

Military personnel who are not domiciled in Iowa, but claim Iowa as their military home of record and file Iowa resident income taxes, their dependent children and spouse/domestic partner are eligible for Iowa resident classification.

To request Iowa residency, submit required documentation to the Office of the Registrar as indicated below.

Approved documentation includes:

Military Personnel: home of record and Iowa tax return
Dependent child: Servicemember’s home of record and Iowa tax return with student listed as a dependent
Spouse: Servicemember’s home of record and Iowa tax return and marriage certificate
Domestic partner: Servicemember’s home of record and Iowa tax return and Affidavit of Domestic Partner Relationship

Documentation may be mailed, faxed, emailed, or submitted to:

Iowa State University
Resident Classification
214 Enrollment Services Center
2433 Union Dr.
Ames, IA 50011-2042

Fax: 515 294-1088 (Mask SSN prior to faxing for security purposes)
Email: iowaresidency@iastate.edu (Mask SSN prior to emailing for security purposes)