University of Northern Iowa
Guided Independent Study
2637 Hudson Road
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0223

Phone: 319-273-2123
Phone: 800-772-1746

The University of Northern Iowa is a regionally accredited institution of higher learning which offers graduate correspondence courses to prisoners. While no degrees are offered, courses are all paper-based and available in the family studies, physical education, religion, and social work fields. They charge $218 per credit hour and incarcerated students have 9 months to complete each correspondence course. There is also a $10 application fee.

The University of Northern Iowa also offers correspondence courses for prisoners at the undergraduate level.


University of Northern Iowa

Guided Independent Study
2637 Hudson Rd.
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0223
319-273-2123 or 800-772-1746


Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Tuition: $218 per credit hour

Payment Plan: None

Textbooks: Not included in Tuition

Transfer: N/A

Time Limit: 9 months; $15 for a 90-day extension

Degrees: None

Course Categories: Family Studies; Physical Education; Religion; Social Work

Course Delivery: Paper-based

Media Component: None

Catalog: 36-page catalog (2013); additional information (2013)

Application Fee: $10

Founded: N/A

Comments: There are a limited number of paper-based courses but they will be phasing them out in the future.

Other Sections: Undergraduate