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Financing the Adventure

Financial assistance, employment, and other ways to fund your education

Going to college takes time, energy, perseverance and, yes, money. It costs time and money to pursue higher education but education provides the best possible return on time and money. Individuals who have pursued education after high school or earning a G.E.D. (General Educational Development) diploma become better citizens and are much more likely to earn a good living. National statistics reveal the following average annual wage earnings:

Earned less than a high school diploma or equivalent $23,400
High school graduate or equivalent $30,400
Some college $36,800
Associate (2-year) degree $38,200
Bachelor's degree $52,200
Master's degree $62,300
Doctoral degree $89,400
Professional degree (M.D., J.D., D.D.S., etc.) $109,600

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

At ISU, students can obtain financial assistance to help cover the costs of obtaining a certificate or degree through on-campus sources of financial assistance including loans, grants (gifts of money), employment, service awards, scholarships and tribal assistance, Non-Resident Tuition Waivers, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) reduced fee program, talent awards, veterans' educational benefits, and federal and state financial aid.

ISU current-year educational expenses can be found at