For Guided Independent Study Courses

For GIS courses, all students pay the same tuition and fees, regardless of academic level and/or location (in-state or out-of-state). Tuition and fees are due at the time of enrollment. 

2022-2023 Guided Independent Study Tuition & Fees

*** Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Tuition and Fees Pending Board of Regents, State of Iowa Approval ***

Tuition per credit hour$268
Enrollment fee per course$10
Technology fee per course$40

Tuition does not include the cost of textbooks. There may also be additional fees for materials for some courses.

Pay online or by mail.

Tuition and fees are charged to your university bill (U-Bill) and sent electronically to your UNI email address. Every student is assigned a UNI email address and you can log in at Payments can be made at one of the following locations:

  • Online by e-check or credit card through MyUNIverse
    • UNI accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover
  • By mail (include student name and UID number on the check):

University of Northern Iowa
Attn: Student Accounts
103 Gilchrist Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0008

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Important note for UNI students

Tuition for GIS courses is in addition to full-time, on-campus rates. Financial aid is not available to students who are enrolled in GIS courses. However, students enrolled at least half-time in regular coursework are eligible for federal financial aid. The aid may apply toward their total bill, which may include charges for Guided Independent Study courses. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 319-273-2700 with any questions. 

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Refund Policy

Students are required to pay all of their tuition and fees for Guided Independent Study (GIS) courses, even if no assignments or exams have been submitted or there has been no attempt to access the course. However, if after enrolling, a decision is made to withdraw from the course, then the following policy applies. Withdrawal or cancellation occurs on the calendar day the withdrawal is requested via our online withdrawal request form, via email sent to or the postmark date of a request received via postal mail.

Withdrawal Requested Refund/Credit Percentage
During the first four weeks of enrollment 100%
During the fifth or sixth week of enrollment75%
After the sixth week0%


When a refund/credit is granted, a charge of $15 is deducted for each assignment and examination that has been graded. All course materials must be returned to the Guided Independent Study Office. The $10 enrollment fee is not refundable.