National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve Components

Eligibility for In-State Tuition

Current Members

Current members of the National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve components who are assigned to an Iowa unit and who have either completed basic training or who have served at least one year of their commitment are immediately eligible for in-state tuition and fees. 

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 documentation that verifies completion of basic training or 12 months of service and attachment to an Iowa unit to the Office of the Registrar as indicated below.

Approved documentation will include one of the following:

  • Copy of DD214
  • Enlistment/Reenlistment Document
  • Current orders

Full-Time National Guard and Rock Island

Members of the Iowa National Guard on full-time National Guard duty and full-time members of the Armed Forces Reserve components with assigned duty in the state of Iowa or at Rock Island Arsenal and their dependent children and spouses/domestic partners 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.

Approved documentation includes:

  • Military Personnel: current orders
  • Dependent child: Servicemember’s 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

Former Members

Former members of the Iowa National Guard who served 20 honorable years and earned military retirement qualify for in-state tuition assessment. Service on federal active duty is not required.

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

Approved documentation includes:

  • Copy of DD214

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)